Nominal Modification

The Research Training Group on Nominal Modification at the Goethe University Frankfurt

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Ruby Sleeman at SLE 52

The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 52) will take place on August 21-24, 2019 at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Our GK student, Ruby Sleeman will present her work on “The second best word order: how ordinals restrict superlatives and why it’s not reciprocated”.

Sebastian Bredemann at WALC 31

The 31st West African Languages Congress (WALC 31) will take place on August 11-15, 2019 at Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Our GK student, Sebastian Bredemann will give a talk on “Capturing the properties of phonological agreement systems under strict modularity”.

Colloquium: Elly van Gelderen

On Tuesday, June 18th, at 4pm in SH 5.105, Elly van Gelderen (Arizona State University) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Remarks on nominal modification Abstract: This talk investigates a number of facets regarding prenominal modifiers, some of it based on your (Uni Frankfurt grad students) interests and some on mine, the Continue Reading

Melanie Hobich at CGSW 34

The 34th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW 34) will take place on June 14 and 15 in Konstanz, Germany. Our GK student, Melanie Hobich will give a talk on “The diachrony of was für”.

Colloquium: Zorica Puškar Gallien

On Tuesday, June 11th, at 4pm in SH 5.105, Zorica Puškar Gallien (ZAS, Berlin) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Disassembling and reassembling pronouns Abstract: Looking at personal pronouns in the Slavic family, local-person (1st and 2nd person) can be taken to differ from 3rd person in the following respects: (i) Continue Reading

Colloquium: Elsi Kaiser

On Tuesday, June 4th, at 4pm in SH 5.105, Elsi Kaiser (University of Southern California) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Head-final relative clauses and animacy effects: What corpus patterns and psycholinguistic studies can tell us Abstract: Animacy guides language processing in deep-reaching ways. In this talk, I explore the consequences Continue Reading

Colloquium: Hannah Sande

On Tuesday, May 21st, at 4pm in SH 5.105, Dr Hannah Sande (Georgetown University) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Doubly morphologically conditioned phonology Abstract: Phonological alternations can be unconditioned, applying uniformly across a language, no matter the context. They can also be specific to particular morphological environments, like English velar softening Continue Reading

Abigail Anne Bimpeh at TripleA 6

TripleA 6 will take place from May 31st to June 2nd, 2019 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the USA. Our GK student, Abigail Anne Bimpeh will give a talk on “Puzzling sloppy readings of the logophoric pronoun yè in Ewe” (with Frank Sode).

Abigail Anne Bimpeh at ACAL 50

The 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics will be held on May 23rd to May 25th, 2019 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Our GK student, Abigail Anne Bimpeh will give a talk on “Accounting for logophoricity: The case of Ewe and Jula” (with Alassane Kiemtoré) and present her poster on “Logophoric Licensing in Ewe”.

Ruby Sleeman at Germanic Sandwich 2019

Germanic Sandwich 2019 will take place on May 23 & 24, 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our GK student, Ruby Sleeman will present her work on “DP-internal modification: Ordering ordinals and superlatives in Dutch and German”.

Sebastian Bredemann at CLS 55

CLS 55 will take place on May 16th to 18th at the University of Chicago, the USA. Our GK student, Sebastian Bredemann will give a talk on “Phonological agreement as phonological correspondence”.

Colloquium: Shravan Vasishth

On Tuesday, May 14th, at 4pm in SH 5.105, Professor Shravan Vasishth (University of Potsdam) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: “Prenominal relatives clauses in Mandarin: Implications for theories of sentence processing”.Abstract: Models of retrieval processes in sentence processing [3, 6, 1, 8] predict that increasing head-dependent distance in linguistic dependencies Continue Reading

Eugenia Fahrnbach’s defense

On April 30th, 2019, Eugenia Fahrnbach successfully defended her thesis entitled “Variation in enclitic possessive constructions in Southern Italian dialects: a syntactic analysis”. Congratulations!

Fenna Bergsma at GLOW 42

The 42nd GLOW conference (Generative Linguistics in the Old World) will be hosted by the University of Oslo from the 7th to 11th May 2019. Our GK student, Fenna Bergsma will present her work on “Verum focus in Frisian”.

Sanja Srdanović at FASL 28

Stony Brook University will host Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics conference on May 3-5, 2019. Our GK student, Sanja Srdanović will give a talk on “The referential properties of Serbian possessive constructions: clitics vs. strong pronouns”.

Melanie Hobich at CamCoS 8

CamCoS 8 (Cambridge Comparative Syntax) will take place at St John’s College in Cambridge 2-4 May 2019. Our GK student, Melanie Hobich will give a talk on “From head to clause: A diachronic approach to was für as predication” .

Merle Weicker’s defense

On April 18th, 2019, Merle Weicker successfully defended her thesis entitled “The role of semantic complexity for the acquisition of adjectives”. Congratulations!

Minicourse: Charles Yang

We are happy to announce that Professor Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania) will be giving a mini-course in three sessions on May 13th, 15th and 17th. See below for details! 13.05. 14-17 Room 6.201 1 Type, Token, and Sparse Data Quantitative analysis of lexical and syntactic learning data shows that there is preciously little highly informative Continue Reading

Colloquium: Charles Yang

On Tuesday, May 7th, at 4pm in SH 5.105, Professor Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania ) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Language shapes children’s understanding of number  Abstract: Only humans learn language and only humans develop the concept of natural number: How are these two abilities related? We propose that Continue Reading

Colloquium: Tom Roeper

On Tuesday, April 16th, at 4pm in SH 0.104, Professor Tom Roeper (University of Massachusetts) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: How abstract are real Mental Representations?Searching for the right formulation of recursion in language and Math if they emerge together on the developmental path. Abstract: Recent work in Minimalism (Chomsky Continue Reading

Ruby Sleeman at Master Class with Artemis Alexiadou

On March 19, 2019, the “Deutsch-Mittelmeerisches Netzwerk Sprachwissenschaft“ (DeMiNeS) (German Mediterranean Network on Linguistics) will host a master class for students and recent doctorate recipients with Prof. Artemis Alexiadou (Linguistics, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Leibniz-ZAS). The event will take place at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Our student, Ruby Sleeman will present her work on Continue Reading

Yat Han Lai at ICTEAP-2

The Second International Conference on Theoretical East Asian Psycholinguistics (ICTEAP-2) will be held on March 16 to 17 at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Our GK student, Yat Han Lai will present his work on “ Information structure and word order in Cantonese: An experimental approach ”.

Priscilla Lola Adenuga at ConSOLE 2019

ConSOLE 2019 will be hosted by the Leibniz-Preis Research Unit for (Experimental) Syntax and Heritage Languages (RUESHeL) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on February 21st to 23rd 2019. Our GK student, Priscilla Lola Adenuga, will give a talk on “Relabelling Adjunction: A modification analysis of plural marking in Ògè“.

Yranahan Traoré’s defense

On February 14th, 2019, Yranahan Traoré successfully defended his thesis entitled “The Morphology and the Phonology of the Nominal Domain in Tagbana”. Congratulations!

Ruby Sleeman at IGG45

Incontro di Grammatica Generativa 45 (IGG45) will be held from February 21st – 23rd at the University of Padua, Italy. Our GK student, Ruby Sleeman, will present her work on “Variation and its limits in ordinal-superlative order in Dutch”.

Colloquium: Sebastian Bredemann and Emine Şahingöz

On Tuesday, February 12th at 4pm in SH 3.104, we will have two speakers in the GK colloquium: Sebastian Bredemann and Emine Şahingöz. See below for abstracts. Speaker: Sebastian Bredemann Time: 4-5pm Title: Phonological agreement Abstract: Phonological agreement (PA) is a phenomenon under which agreement is determined by the phonological properties of a noun. Examples are given in (1) and (2) for the Continue Reading

Colloquium: Astrid Gößwein

On Tuesday, February 5th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Astrid Gößwein will give a talk in the GK colloquium.   Title: Extended nominal modifiers – participle constructions in German and English   Abstract:  Extended prenominal modifiers in German have notable sentential properties, especially when the adjectival element is a participle. (1)  die  das Sofa    zerstörende Katze  (hat vermutlich   Continue Reading

Colloquium: David Adger

On Tuesday, January 29th, at 4pm in SH 3.104, Professor David Adger (Queen Mary University of London) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Meaningless Movements in the Noun Phrase Abstract: There has been much discussion recently about the status of Head Movement: is it syntactic, and expected to feed meaning, or morphological, and hence expected Continue Reading

Colloquium: Melanie Hobich

On Tuesday, January 22nd at 4pm in SH 3.104, Melanie Hobich will give a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: From head to phrase to clause. The syntactic change of quantifiers in Germanic and its implications for ‘was für’ Abstract:   The was für (‘what kind of’) construction (WFC) has been much called on in the literature. The construction has been analysed Continue Reading

Colloquium: Natalia Gagarina

The talk of Professor Natalia Gagarina will take place On Tuesday, January 15th at 4pm in SH 3.104. Title: Referentiality in bilingual oral and written texts Abstract: The goal of this talk is to trace the developmental trajectory of referentiality in Russian-German bilinguals and to compare monolingual and bilingual strategies of the use of referential cohesive desives. While referentiality in elicited narratives has Continue Reading

Colloquium: Marcel den Dikken

On Tuesday, January 15th, there will be an additional GK colloquium talk, given by Professor Marcel den Dikken (Eötvös Loránd University) at 12pm in SH 5.105.   Title: One syntax for all: A unified representational system for syntax and phonology   Abstract: In the development of the generative perspective on linguistic analysis over the past half century, the approaches to the phrase Continue Reading

Fenna Bergsma at LSA

Our GK student, Fenna Bergsma presented her work on ‘PPs and DPs in free relatives’, held from January 3rd to 6th, 2018 in New York, the USA.

Maria Kofer’s defense

On December 21st, 2018, Maria Kofer successfully defended her thesis entitled “Definiteness and nominal modification in the Balkan languages”. Congratulations!

Mariam Kamarauli’s defense

On December 19th, 2018, Mariam Kamarauli successfully defended her thesis entitled “The Nominal Domain in Georgian. A Diachronic Analysis”. Congratulations!

Colloquium: Sanja Srdanović

On Tuesday, December 18th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Sanja Srdanović will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Binding Principle B in Serbian possessive constructions: clitics vs. strong pronouns Abstract: According to the Universal DP Hypothesis, it is claimed that all languages have a DP, including articleless languages (Bašić, 2004; Progovac, 1998). On the other hand, other Continue Reading

Colloquium: Enoch Aboh

On Tuesday, December 11th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: D: A spurious category Abstract In minimalism, it is common practice to assume that D is a primitive category, arguably present in all languages (cf. Longobardi 1994 vs. Chierchia 1998), or a phase subject to parametric Continue Reading

Colloquium: Abigail Bimpeh

On Tuesday, December 4th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Abigail Bimpeh will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: On (anti)logophoricity in Ewedomegbe   Abstract:   It has been established in the literature that attitude reports are a necessary environment for logophoricity cross linguistically (e.g. Culy 1994a, Schlenker 1999, among others). In this talk, exploring Culy’s (1994) hierarchy Continue Reading

Colloquium: Ruby Sleeman

On Tuesday, November 27th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Ruby Sleeman will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Prenominal modifiers in Dutch: ordinals and superlatives   Abstract: Ordinal numbers are an interesting topic from the point of view of several different fields of linguistic study: the morphology of Dutch and German ordinals (and English first) points to a potential Continue Reading

Colloquium: Lydia Grohe

On Tuesday, November 20th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Lydia Grohe will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Round blue table or blue round table: The production of double prenominal adjectives in acquisition Abstract: The presence of multiple adjectives in prenominal position is subject to ordering restrictions in adult language. These restrictions are usually explained via notion Continue Reading

Colloquium: Lai Yat Han

On Tuesday, November 13th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Lai Yat Han will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Processing non-canonical structures in Cantonese Abstract: In the acceptability judgement tasks, native Cantonese speakers were asked to rate sentences that involve preposed sentence objects, while the canonical word order in Cantonese is subject-verb-object (SVO). The experiment tests the motivations Continue Reading

Colloquium: Ianthi Tsimpli

On Tuesday, November 6th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Ianthi Tsimpli (University of Cambridge) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Aspects of linguistic complexity in bilingual children’s grammars Abstract:   Bilingual children have often been shown to have lower language proficiency when compared with monolingual children. Studies which show this difference usually examine bilingual children’s use Continue Reading

Colloquium: Gregory Scontras

On Tuesday, October 30th at 4pm in SH 3.104, Gregory Scontras (University of California, Irvine) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium.Title: The role of subjectivity in adjective ordering preferences Abstract: From English to Hungarian to Mokilese, speakers exhibit strong ordering preferences in multi-adjective strings: “the small brown box” sounds far more natural than “the brown small box.” Continue Reading

Colloquium: Lyn Frazier

On Tuesday, October 23rd at 4pm in SH 3.104, Lyn Frazier (University of Massachusetts Amherst) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium.Title: Processing ellipsis: The circumstances of repairAbstract:There is evidence from the processing of mismatch ellipsis that an antecedent for an elided constituent will be repaired when it does not syntactically match the elided constituent.  Such repair operations do not take place indiscriminately but rather Continue Reading

Fenna Bergsma at PlaCiG

Our GK student, Fenna Bergsma will give a talk at PlaCiG – On the place of case in grammar, held from October 18 to October 20, 2018 in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece . The talk is titled  ‘PPs and DPs in Free relatives’.

Priscilla Adenuga at the A0: The Adjective as a Lexical Category workshop

The A0 Workshop will take place in Bled, Slovenia from 11 to 13 October 2018 on the Adjective as a lexical category. This Workshop is part of “The categorical status of adjectives: from theory to typology, and back again” project. Our GK student, Priscilla Adenuga will give a talk on “The Nominal Attributive Modifiers (NAMs) in Ògè”.

Colloquium: Priscilla Adenuga and Fenna Bergsma

The GK colloquium season will kick off with our first speakers Priscilla Adenuga and Fenna Bergsma on Tuesday, October 16th, from 16-18 in SH 3.104. Priscilla Adenuga: “Relabelling Adjunction: A modification analysis in Ògè”  In this talk, I show that plural marking is not obligatory in Ògè because it lacks agreement; rather, it belongs to the group of languages that syntactically mark plural with the Continue Reading

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