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Ms M. (Marloes) Oomen MA

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Taalwetenschap

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  • Spuistraat 134
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  • Postbus 1642
    1000 BP Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    About me

    I am a tutor and lecturer at the Linguistics department. I teach various courses on syntax/semantics and sign language linguistics, and I also supervise BA and MA theses. 

    In October 2019, I finished my PhD dissertation; the defense will take place (online), with a slight COVID-19-induced delay, on Wednesday 29 April. 

    In my research, I focus on the study of sign languages. Within this domain, my primary interests are the morphosyntactic properties of different verb types and the role of iconicity (form-meaning resemblances) in sentence structure. I have also worked on negation and grammatical aspect in sign languages. I hold a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht (major: Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience), where my interest in sign linguistics and sign language structure was first sparked. After obtaining my degree for the research master Linguistics at the UvA in 2015, I continued at the same university with aPhD project on argument structure in German Sign Language (DGS).

     

    About the PhD project

    As a PhD student in the project "Argument structure in three sign languages: typological and theoretical aspects", funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and supervised by Roland Pfau, Enoch O. Aboh, and Vadim Kimmelman, I am responsible for the investigation of argument structure German Sign Language (Deutsche Gebärdensprache; DGS). The two other sign languages under investigation are Russian Sign Language (Vadim Kimmelman) and Sign Language of the Netherlands (Vanja de Lint), allowing for cross-linguistic comparison.

    In sign languages, some verbs can agree with their arguments by modifying their path movement in space, such that they start at the locus of the subject (for instance, the signer), and end at the locus of the object (for instance, a cat that has previously, by means of a pointing sign, been associated with a location on the right side of the signer). These are called agreeing verbs, and the agreement mechanism is sometimes called directionality. However, many other verbs cannot be modified in this way; some of them have a fixed articulation on the body, while others are articulated in neutral space in front of the signer but lack the directionality of agreeing verbs. Researchers have therefore argued that such verbs do not have any agreement properties. It has also been argued that verb type membership is dependent on semantics. A verb like 'answer', for instance, is more likely to be realized as an agreeing verb than a verb like 'feel', because it involves two participants and a form of (metaphorical) transfer between them. This notion of transfer is reflected in directionality.

    Analyzing naturalistic data from the DGS Corpus (http://ling.meine-dgs.de/), I provide an in-depth investigation of the morphosyntactic and semantic properties of verbs of different types in DGS. I take an in-depth look at the semantic underpinnings of verb types, hypothesizing that the same semantic properties that govern transitivity marking in spoken languages also affect the way in which verbs are formally realized in sign languages. I show that the corpus data provide support for this hypothesis. I am also working on a theory that advocates an agreement analysis for all verb types, even those that are commonly said not to possess agreement properties. An important finding in support of this idea is that only first person subjects can be left out of sentences with body-anchored verbs: an indication that verbs articulated on the body (the first person locus) trigger an automatic first-person interpretation. I argue that this interpretation is the result of an agreement relation between the body-anchored verb and the (null) subject. 

  • Publications

    2019

    Börstell, Carl, Tommi Jantunen, Vanja de Lint, Johanna Mesch, Vadim Kimmelman & Marloes Oomen. 2019. Transitivity prominence within and across modalities. Open Linguistics 5: 666-689.

    Kimmelman, Vadim, Vanja de Lint, Connie de Vos, Marloes Oomen, Roland Pfau, Lianne Vink & Enoch O. Aboh. 2019. Argument structure of classifier predicates: Canonical and non-canonical mappings in four sign languages. Open Linguistics 5: 332-353.

    Oomen, Marloes & Vadim Kimmelman. 2019. Body-anchored verbs and argument omission in two sign languages. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics 4(1), 42: 1-36.

    2018

    Oomen, Marloes. 2018. Verb types and semantic maps. FEAST 2: 116-132.

    Kimmelman, Vadim, Ulrika Klomp, & Marloes Oomen. 2018. Where methods meet: Combining corpus data and elicitation in sign language research. In M. Bono, E. Efthimiou, S.-E. Fotinea, T. Hanke, J.Hochgesang, J. Kristoffersen, J. Mesch and Y. Osugi (eds.), Proceedings of 8th Workshop on the representation and processing of Sign Languages: Involving the linguistic community, 95-100. Paris: ELRA. 

    Oomen, Marloes, Roland Pfau & Enoch O. Aboh. 2018. High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. FEAST 1: 39-47. 

    2017

    Oomen, Marloes 2017. Iconicity in argument structure: Psych-verbs in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Sign Language & Linguistics 20(1): 55-108.

    Oomen, Marloes & Roland Pfau. 2017. Signing not (or not): A typological perspective on standard negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Linguistic Typology 21(1): 1-51.

    2016

    Oomen, Marloes. 2016. The marking of two aspectual distinctions in Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). Linguistics in Amsterdam 9(2): 30-55.

  • Presentations

    2019

    Oomen, Marloes, Roland Pfau & Ulrika Klomp. 2019. On the nature of Neg-raising in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at the 13th conference of Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, Hamburg. 26-28 September 2019.

    Oomen, Marloes. 2019. look-at that! An attitude predicate in German Sign Language (DGS). Poster presented at the 13th conference of Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, Hamburg. 26-28 September 2019.

    Klomp, Ulrika, Marloes Oomen & Roland Pfau. 2019. Headshake patterns in Neg-raising sentences in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at SignNonmanuals 2, Graz. 3 May 2019.

    2018

    Oomen, Marloes. 2018. Iconicity in sentence structure. Invited talk at Priročna slovnica (Handy grammar) conference, Ministry of Culture, Ljubljana, 16 November.

    Oomen, Marloes & Vadim Kimmelman. 2018. An agreement analysis of body-anchored verb constructions. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 49), Ithaca, NY. 6 October.

    Klomp, Ulrika, Marloes Oomen & Roland Pfau. 2018. Typological aspects of negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands: Negative particles, negative modals, and Neg-raising. Paper presented at Syntax of the World’s Languages (SWL) 8, Paris. 5 September.

    Oomen, Marloes & Vadim Kimmelman. 2018. Iconically motivated subject drop in two sign languages. Paper presented at Syntax of the World’s Languages (SWL) 8, Paris. 3 September.

    Oomen, Marloes & Vadim Kimmelman. 2018.  An agreement analysis of body-anchored verb constructions. Poster presented at the workshop on Sign Language Grammars through the Formal and Experimental Glass, Rethymno. 25 July.

    Oomen, Marloes. 2018. Verb types and semantic maps. Poster presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST), Venice. 18 June.

    Kimmelman, Vadim, Ulrika Klomp, & Marloes Oomen. 2018.  Where methods meet: Combining corpus data and elicitation in sign language research. Poster presented at the 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Involving the Language Community, LREC, Miyazaki. 12 May.

    Oomen, Marloes. 2018. Iconic variables and null subjects in German Sign Language. Poster presented at Sign Language Syntax and Linguistic Theory Workshop, Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW), Budapest. 14 April.

    Oomen, Marloes. 2018. Iconically motivated subject drop in German Sign Language (DGS). Paper presented at the Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE), London. 14 February.

    Börstell, Carl, Tommi Jantunen, Johanna Mesch, Vadim Kimmelman, Marloes Oomen, & Vanja de Lint. 2018. Transitivity prominence within and across modalities. Paper presented at Argument Structure Across Modalities (ASAM), Amsterdam. 1 February.

    Kimmelman, Vadim, Enoch O. Aboh, Vanja de Lint, Connie de Vos, Marloes Oomen, Roland Pfau, & Lianne Vink. 2018. Non-canonical argument structure in classifier predicates in four sign languages. Paper presented at Argument Structure Across Modalities (ASAM), Amsterdam. 2 February.

    2017

    Pfau, Roland, Marloes Oomen & Enoch Aboh. 2017. High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), Boise, ID. 20 October.

    Oomen, Marloes & Roland Pfau. 2017. Signing not (or not): A corpus-based study on negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at the workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics: Into the Second Decade, Birmingham. 24 July.

    Kimmelman, Vadim, Marloes Oomen & Vanja de Lint. 2017. Overt arguments in RSL, DGS and NGT: a corpus study. Paper presented at the workshop on Corpus-Based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics: Into the Second Decade, Birmingham. 24 July.

    Aboh, Enoch, Marloes Oomen & Roland Pfau. 2017. High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST), Reykjavik. 21 June 2017.

    2016

    Oomen, Marloes. 2016. Psych-verb constructions in Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). Paper presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST), Venice. 1 September.

    2015

    Oomen. Marloes. 2015. Psych-verbs in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Paper presented at the first meeting on Morphosyntax of Portuguese Sign Language (LGP) and Other Sign Languages, Porto. 26 November.

    Oomen, Marloes & Roland Pfau. 2015. Signing NOT (or not): A corpus-based study on negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Poster presented at the Workshop on Negation (Gö-Neg), Göttingen. 19 September.

  • Publications

    2019

    2018

    • Kimmelman, V., Klomp, U., & Oomen, M. (2018). Where methods meet: Combining corpus data and elicitation in sign language research. In M. Bono, E. Efthimiou, S-E. Fotinea, T. Hanke, J. Hochgesang, J. Kristoffersen, J. Mesch, ... Y. Osugi (Eds.), 8th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Involving the Language Community: LREC 2018 Workshop : proceedings (pp. 95-100). Paris: European Language Resources Association (ELRA). [details]

    2017

    2016

    • Oomen, M. (2016). The marking of two aspectual distinctions in Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT). Linguistics in Amsterdam, 9(2), 30-55. [details]

    2018

    Talk / presentation

    • Oomen, M. (speaker), Pfau, R. (speaker) & Klomp, U. (speaker) (27-9-2019). On the nature of Neg-raising in Sign Language of the Netherlands, Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research 13, Hamburg, Germany.
    • Klomp, U. (speaker), Oomen, M. (speaker) & Pfau, R. (speaker) (3-5-2019). Headshake patterns in Neg-raising sentences in Sign Language of the Netherlands, SignNonmanuals2, Graz, Austria.
    • Oomen, M. (speaker) (16-11-2018). Iconicity in sentence structure, Priročna slovnica (Handy grammar) , Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    • Oomen, M. (speaker) & Kimmelman, V. (speaker) (6-10-2018). An agreement analysis of body-anchored verb constructions, North Eastern Linguistics Society (NELS) 49, Ithaca, NY, United States.
    • Klomp, U. (speaker), Oomen, M. (speaker) & Pfau, R. (speaker) (5-9-2018). Typological aspects of negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands: Negative particles, negative modals and neg-raising, Negation in the languages of the world, Paris, France.
    • Oomen, M. (speaker) & Kimmelman, V. (speaker) (31-3-2018). Iconically motivated subject drop in two sign languages, Syntax of the World's Languages 8, Paris, France.
    • Oomen, M. (speaker) (14-2-2018). Iconically motivated subject drop in German Sign Language (DGS), ConSOLE 26, London, UK.
    • Kimmelman, V. (speaker), de Lint, V. (speaker), de Vos, C. (speaker), Oomen, M. (speaker), Pfau, R. (speaker), Vink, L. (speaker) & Aboh, E. O. (speaker) (2-2-2018). Non-canonical argument structure in classifier predicates in four sign languages, Argument Structure Across Modalities, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Pfau, R. (speaker), Oomen, M. (speaker) & Aboh, E. O. (speaker) (20-10-2017). High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands, Western Conference on Linguistics, Boise, United States.
    • Oomen, M. (speaker) & Pfau, R. (speaker) (24-7-2017). Signing NOT (or not): A corpus-based study on negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands., Corpus-based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    • Kimmelman, V. (speaker), Oomen, M. (speaker) & de Lint, V. (speaker) (24-7-2017). Overt arguments in RSL, DGS and NGT: a corpus study., Corpus-based Approaches to Sign Language Linguistics, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    • Aboh, E. O. (speaker), Oomen, M. (speaker) & Pfau, R. (speaker) (21-6-2017). High and low negation in Sign Language of the Netherlands., Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory, Reykjavik, Iceland.
    • Pfau, R. (invited speaker), Kimmelman, V. (invited speaker), Klomp, U. (invited speaker), de Lint, V. (invited speaker) & Oomen, M. (invited speaker) (20-4-2017). Grammar & society: How sign linguistics benefits the Deaf community, Beyond Hearing – Cultures Overlooked, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Oomen, M. (speaker) (1-9-2016). Psych-verb constructions in Sign Language of the Netherlands, Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory, Venice, Italy.
    • Oomen, M. (speaker) (26-11-2015). Psych-verbs in Sign Language of the Netherlands, 1st Meeting on the Morphosyntax of Portuguese Sign Language and other sign languages, Porto.

    Others

    • Lammertink, I. (organiser) & Oomen, M. (organiser) (11-11-2016). Thesis market MA students linguistics, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Thesis market for MA students (linguistics). PhD students and senior researchers of the ACLC present their studies and possibilities for students to (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2020

    • Oomen, M. (2020). Iconicity as a mediator between verb semantics and morphosyntactic structure: A corpus-based study on verbs in German Sign Language. Amsterdam: LOT. [details]
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