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von Prince, Kilu 2015. A Grammar of Daakaka. Berlin, Boston: Mouton de Gruyter.

Journal articles

von Prince, Kilu and Ana Krajinović and Manfred Krifka. 2022. Irrealis is real. Language, 98(2):221–249.

von Prince, Kilu and Anna Margetts. 2019. Expressing possibility in Daakaka and Saliba-Logea. Studies in Language.

von Prince, Kilu. 2019. Counterfactuality and past. Linguistics and Philosophy.

von Prince, Kilu and Ana Krajinović, Anna Margetts, Nick Thieberger and Valérie Guérin. 2019. Habituals in four Oceanic languages of Melanesia. STUF – Language Typology and Universals. 72:1. 21–66.

von Prince, Kilu. 2019. Daakaka DictionaryLeipzig Dictionaria.

Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Felix Ameka, Lissant Bolton, Jonathan Blumtritt, Brian Car- penter, Hilaria Cruz, Sebastian Drude, Patience Epps, Vera Ferreira, Ana Galucio, et al. Public access to research data in language documentation: Challenges and possible strategies. Language Documentation & Conservation, 13:545–563, 2019.

von Prince, Kilu. 2017. Dozing eyes and drunken faces: Exocentric psycho-collocations in Daakaka (Vanuatu). Studies in Language. 41: 2. 502 –520.

von Prince, Kilu. 2015. Alienability as control: the case of Daakaka. (pre-zombie) Lingua.

von Prince, Kilu. 2012. Predication and Information Structure in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of East Asian Linguistics. 21: 4. 329-366.

Proceedings papers

Evang, K., Kallmeyer, L., Waszczuk, J., von Prince, K., Bladier, T. and Petitjean, S., 2022, October. Improving Low-resource RRG Parsing with Cross-lingual Self-training. In Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (pp. 4360-4371).

Tjuka, Annika and Weißmann, Lena and von Prince, Kilu. Tagging modality in Oceanic languages of Melanesia. In Proceedings of the 13th Linguistic Annotation Workshop, pages 65–70, Florence, Italy, Aug. 2019. Association for Computational Linguistics.

Tjuka, Annika, Lena Weißmann, Kilu von Prince (2019): Habituality as a property of text spans, in: Zygmunt Vetulani and Patrick Paroubek (eds.) Human language technologies as a challenge for computer science and linguistics— 2019. Poznán: Wydawnictwo Nauka i Innowacje, 195-199.

Stephan Druskat and Kilu von Prince. 2019. A software-driven workflow for the reuse of language documentation data in typological studies. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages.

Aleksandrs Berdicevskis, Çağrı Çöltekin, Katharina Ehret, Kilu von Prince, Daniel Ross, Bill Thompson, Chunxiao Yan, Vera Demberg, Gary Lupyan, Taraka Rama, and Christan Bentz. 2019. Using universal dependencies in cross-linguistic complexity research. In Universal Dependencies Workshop at the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), Brussels, Belgium.

von Prince, Kilu and Krajinović, Ana and Krifka, Manfred and Guérin, Valérie and Franjieh, Michael. Mapping irreality: Storyboards for eliciting TAM contexts. In Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2018. Download: [download id=”358″]

von Prince, Kilu. 2017. Paradigm-induced implicatures of TAM markers: The case of the Daakaka distal. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21.

von Prince, Kilu. 2017. Indefinites in Daakaka (Vanuatu). Pages 126–137 of: Hohaus, Vera, & Rothe, Wanda (eds), Proceedings of TripleA 3. Fieldwork perspectives on the semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian languages.

von Prince, Kilu. 2012. Nominal possession in DaakakaProceedings of AFLA 18. 156-170.

Franjieh, Michael and Kilu von Prince. 2011. Classifying Nouns vs. Classifying Relations: a case study from Ambrym. Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation & Linguistic Theory 3. Austin, Peter K., Bond, Oliver, Nathan, David and Lutz Marten. SOAS, London 111-119.

Selected talks

2019 September. With Marcin Kilarski. Expressing ideologies through linguistic examples. The case of polysynthesis and recursion. International Conference Ideology and Linguistic Ideas 2019, Tbilisi.

2019 September. With Ana Krajinović, Manfred Krifka and Michael Franjieh. Realis and Irrealis in Oceanic. ALT, Pavia.

2019 June. With Ana Krajinović, Manfred Krifka, Valérie Guérin and Michael Franjieh. It would not be good…: Canonical apprehensive structures in Vanuatu languages. APLL 11, Leiden.

2019 March. With Manfred Krifka and Ana Krajinović. Highlights from the MelaTAMP project. Methods and results. Vielfaltslinguistik 3, Cologne. [download id=”473″]

2019 January. Theoretische und empirische Perspektiven auf Irrealität in der Sprache (Theoretical and empirical perspectives on irreality in language). Bielefeld. Download: [download id=”441″]

2018 Juli. Counterfactuality and Past. What-if group, University of Konstanz. Download: [download id=”367″]

2018 Juli.  Mapping irreality – Temporal and modal dimensions. Linguistics Colloquium, University of Konstanz. Download: [download id=”348″]

2018 April. With Vera Demberg. POS tag perplexity as a measure of syntactic complexity. Measuring Linguistic Complexity (satellite workshop at EVOLANG), Torun.

2018 April. How dense can you get? Correlates of information density as factors in cross- linguistic comparison. Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken.

2018 February. With Manfred Krifka and Ana Krajinović  (both presenting). Storyboards for the elicitation of TAM contexts in MelanesiaLinguistic Evidence, Tübingen.

2017 December. The role of corpora in comparative research. Case studies from the MelaTAMP project. Max Planck Institute for Human History, Jena.

2017 December. Multi-verb constructions — is there a continuum? Workshop on Multi-verb constructions. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

2017 December. With Ana Krajinović (presenter). Comparable corpora for qualitative and quantitative comparison of under-documented languages. ALT, Canberra.

2017 November. The syntax-morphology trade-off. Language Science Colloquium. Universität des Saarlandes.

2017 October. Information density, complexity and cross-linguistic variation. Colloquium; Universität des Saarlandes.

2017 September. Werkzeuge und Workflows im MelaTAMP-Projekt. CLARIN-D F-AG 3 Workshop. Datenmanagement und Korpuserstellung: Workflows und Werkzeuge; HZSK, Hamburg

2017 July. Storyboards for the MelaTAMP project. MelaTAMP workshop, University of the South Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

2017 July. With Ana Krajinović (presenter). What makes a mood-prominent language in the Oceanic context? COOL 10, Honiara.

2017 June. With Anna Margetts. Expressing possibility in Saliba-Logea and Daakaka. APLL 9, Paris.

2017 June. Tagging tense and modality. FEAST, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken.

2017, April. The future is what the universe wants. ZAS Berlin, workshop on imperatives.

2017, March: with Anne Mucha and Ryan Bochnak. Towards an ontology of modal flavours – Introduction. Saarbrücken, DGfS conference.

2016, December. Past and counterfactuality in the Daakaka distal. Göttingen, workshop on Past tense.

2016, July. Paradigm-induced implicatures in TAM-expression: A view from the Daakaka distal. Sinn und Bedeutung 21, Edinburgh

2016, July. Epistemic indefinites in Daakaka. Triple A, Tübingen.

2016, June. Eine ozeanische Perspektive auf Modalität und Tempus. (invited talk) Kiel, colloquium.

2016, April. Prioritizing entries and choosing example sentences (invited talk). Leipzig, Dictionaria workshop.

2015, June. In defense of events as a defining category for serial verb constructions (invited talk). Potsdam, TripleA (The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages).

2014, November. Possessive splits in Daakaka (invited talk). Tübingen, semantics colloquium.

2014,  April.  Lexical relationality and the alienability distinction – a perspective from Daakaka (invited talk).  Brussels, GLOW 37, workshop “understanding possession”.

2013, April. Sprachdokumentation im Pazifik (invited talk). Universität Potsdam.

2013, June. Meanings of TAM Markers in Daakaka (invited talk). Universität Potsdam.

2013, June. Diagnosing clausal boundaries in serial verb constructions (invited talk). Language Documentation – Past, Present, Future. Hanover.

2012. Transitivität als Wortart-übergreifende Kategorie? – Evidenz aus Daakaka (invited talk).  Universität Regensburg.

2012. Event argument serializations in Daakaka, fast and slow (invited talk). Universität Leipzig.

2011, October. TAMP adjuncts in Daakaka – reconsidering serial verbs and monoclausality. Workshop on the languages of Vanuatu, Australia National University, Kioloa.

2011, July. How a borrowed marker changes the Daakaka modal system. ICHL XX, Osaka.

2011, June. On the Daakaka modal system: The distal. Speaking of Possibility and Time, Göttingen.

2011, April. On the Daakaka modal system: imperatives and futures. Chronos 10, Aston University, Birmingham.

2008. Nominal modifcation in three languages. ICLC 5, Leuven.

2008. Attributive Linkers. Syntax of the World’s Languages 3, Berlin.

Literacy materials

Siwiisian kikei. 2018. Storyboards in Dalkalaen.

Sorousian mwelili. 2018. Storyboards in Daakaka.

Elicitation materials

2018 von Prince, Kilu. (2018, April 27). Tomato and Pumpkin (MelaTAMP storyboards). Zenodo.

2018 von Prince, Kilu. (2018, April 26). Bananas (MelaTAMP storyboards).

2018 von Prince, Kilu. (2018, April 27). Red Yam (MelaTAMP storyboards).

2018 von Prince, Kilu. (2018, April 27). Festival (MelaTAMP storyboards).

2018 von Prince, Kilu. (2018, April 27). Fat pig (MelaTAMP storyboards).

Primary data

The Daakaka archive at TLA

The Dalkalaen archive at TLA


2012. Review for Su, Xiaoqin 2011: Reflexivität im Chinesischen: Eine integrative Analyse. Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, 41:2, 353–362.

2012. Review for Cynthia Schneider 2010: A grammar of Abma: A language of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. Oceanic Linguistics. 597–602.

2012.  Review of Moyse-Faurie, Claire and Sabel, Joachim 2011: Topics in Oceanic Morphosyntax; in LinguistList issue 23.2290.

2011. Review of Alexiadou, Artemis and Rathert, Martina 2010: The Semantics of Nominalizations across Languages and Frameworks; in LinguistList issue 22.1701.


von Prince, Kilu and Elisa Kellner. in prep. Complement Clauses in Kamtok and Bislama. 

2008. Attributive Linkers in Three Languages. MA thesis, TU Berlin.