Nominal Modification

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

Home » Author: Admin

GK Colloquium will take place in presence in WiSe21/22!

Dear all after 3 semesters of having GK Colloquium in a virtual format, this semester we will have our Colloquium in presence in SH 2.109 (Campus Westend) The first talk is set to 09.11.21. For the details of the upcoming talks check out the following link: https://nominal-modification.de/index.php/colloquium/. We are looking forward to come together.

Abigail Anne Bimpeh’s Defense: July 14th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on July 14th, 2021 (Wednesday), Abigail Anne Bimpeh (GK Alumni) will be defending her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Logophoricity in Ewe: An Empirical-Semantic Assessment of yè‘. We wish Abby good luck!

Sanja Srdanović’s Defense: June 10th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on June 10th, 2021 (Thursday), Sanja Srdanović (GK Alumni)  will be defending her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Referential Properties of Serbian Possessive’. We wish Sanja good luck!

Virtual GK Colloquium June 15th: Eulàlia Bonet Alsina

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 15th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Eulàlia Bonet Alsina on  “Allomorphy and floating segments” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access link).

Virtual GK Colloquium June 8th: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 8th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, on  “Determiners in Wooi (West Papua)” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access link).

Virtual GK Colloquium June 1st: Judith Tonhauser

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 1st, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Judith Tonhauser, on  “A time-relational framework for the temporal interpretation of noun phrases”. Please see below for the abstract. When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium May 18th: Ora Matushansky

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 18th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Ora Matushansky, who will give a talk on  “En France, à Paris, là-dedans – où?” (abstract) When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium May 11th: Gert Webelhuth

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 11th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Gert Webelhuth (one of our PIs), who will give a talk on On the role of c-command in German. Abstract Reinhart (1983) proposed that quantificational binding is subject to a surface c-command condition. Her claim has been widely accepted in the literature Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium May 4th: Luigi Rizzi

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 4th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Luigi Rizzi, who will give a talk on Some thoughts on merge: typology, labeling, and freezing effects (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium April 27th: Johannes Mursell & Katharina Hartmann

On Tuesday, April 27th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk entitled Typing Relative Clauses in Dagbani (Mabia) (abstract) by Johannes Mursell and Katharina Hartmann (one of our PIs).  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium April 13th: Sol Lago

We will open the first slot of the semester with a talk by Sol Lago (one of our PIs) on Grammatical illusions in bilingual processing (abstract). After the talk we will have our virtual social event ‘Welcome & Farewell’ on which we will welcome the 3.cohort of the doctoral researchers, and say goodbye to the current Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium February 16th: Natalie Roller & Anna Preßler

On Tuesday, January 16th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by doctoral researchers of GK.  Natalie Roller will present his recent research on ‘Strategies of Nominal Modification in Tagalog’ (abstract) and Anna Preßler will present her work on ‘The role of phonological factors in word order phenomena‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium January 26th: Sebastian Bredemann & Emma Merritt

On Tuesday, January 26th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by doctoral researchers of GK.  Sebastian Bredemann will present his recent research on ‘Accounting for optimizing and non-optimizing phonologically conditioned allomorphy’ (abstract) and Emma Merritt will present her work on ‘Recursive Structures in Language Acquisition: Recent findings, open questions, and implications for linguistic theory’ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium January 12th: Ahmad Al-Bitar and Yat Han Lai

On Tuesday, January 12th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by doctoral researchers of GK. Ahmad Al-Bitar will present his work on ‘Abstract ‘average’: a Unique modifier‘ (abstract) and Yat Han Lai will present his recent research on ‘Processing non-canonical order’ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium December 8: Christoph Scheepers

On Tuesday, December 8th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Christoph Scheepers (University of Glasgow) entitled ‘Syntactic Priming of Relative-Clause Attachments: Implications for the Mental Representation of Syntax‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive access link)

Virtual GK Colloquium December 1st: Ana Perez-Leroux & Erin Pettibone

On Tuesday, December 1st virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Ana Perez-Leroux & Erin Pettibone (University of Toronto) entitled ‘Context sensitivity and adjective interpretation in Spanish’ (abstract) When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive access link)

Nicolas Lamoure’s Defense: November 13, 2020

Nicolas Lamoure (GK alumni) will be defending his doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Nominal Coordination in Italian, French and German-Internal and external agreement of D>N&>N constructions’ on November 13th, Friday. We wish him good luck!

Sebastian Bredemann at NELS 51 (online)

The 51st annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 51), hosted by Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), will take place on November 6th-8th, 2020 online. Our GK student, Sebastian Bredemann will present his research on “On the role of phonology at Vocabulary Insertion ” on November 8th (Sunday, @11:45 am EST), abstract can be downloaded here. Continue Reading

Lydia Grohe at BUCLD45 (online)

The 45th annual conference on Language Development (BUCLD45) organized by Boston University Department of Linguistics will take place on November 5-8, 2020 online. Our GK student, Lydia Grohe together with D. Li, P. Schultz and C. Yang will have a presentation on “The distributional learning of recursive structures ” (Session B: Syntax & Semantics, November 7th Continue Reading

Abigail Anne Bimpeh at LingORG colloquium (online)

Our GK student, Abigail Anne Bimpeh is invited to give at talk at virtual LingORG colloquium organised by Linguistics Department at the University of Oslo. Abigail will present her talk on “Logophoricity is not control: the case of yè” on October 29 at 2 PM (Oslo time). To receive access link to the talk send Continue Reading

Sebastian Bredemann at SinFonIJA 13 (online)

The 13th Annual conference on Syntax, Phonology, and Language Analysis (SinFonIJA 13) will take place on September 24-29, 2020 online. Our GK student, Sebastian Bredemann will present his research on “The role of phonology in Vata adjectival agreement ” on September 26th (Saturday, @3:00 pm CET; GMT+2; Budapest time), abstract can be downloaded here. Information on Continue Reading

Sanja Srdanović at SLS 15 (online)

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society (SLS 15) will take place on September 4-6, 2020 online. Our GK student, Sanja Srdanović will present her joint work with Esther Rinke on “Possessive pronouns do not c-command out of the noun phrase in Serbian” on September 5th (Saturday, @3:30 pm UTC -4, Eastern Daylight Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium July 14 (@4:15pm): Priscilla Adenuga & Melanie Hobich

Immediately following Michael Erlewine’s talk, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by doctoral researchers of GK. Priscilla Adenuga will present her research on Plural sensitivity to animacy and definiteness: crosslinguistic evidence (abstract) and Melanie Hobich will present her research entitled On wh-exclamatives (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium July 14 (@2:15pm): Michael Erlewine

On Tuesday, June 14th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting 3 talks. The first talk by our guest speaker Michael Erlewine will be on Patterns of relativization in Austronesian and Tibetan. This talk will start at 2:15. Please send an e-mail to to get access link to Zoom meeting room. Abstract In both Tibetan and Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium July 7: Lydia Grohe & Yat Han Lai

On Tuesday, June 7th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting talks by Lydia Grohe entitled  Multiple adjectival modification in child spontaneous speech and in the adult input (abstract) and Yat Han Lai entitled The production of non-canonical orders (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to get access link)

Virtual GK Colloquium June 30: Sebastian Bredemann & Abigail Bimpeh

On Tuesday, June 30th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting talks by Sebastian Bredemann entitled On the influence of phonology in morphological realization (abstract) and Abigail Bimpeh entitled Control Phenomena in Ewe (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to get access link)

GK Virtual Colloquium June 23: Ted Gibson

On Tuesday, June 23rd virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Ted Gibson entitled ‘Information processing and cross-linguistic universals’. See below for the abstract.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to get access link) Information processing and cross-linguistic universals Finding explanations for the observed variation in human languagesis the primary goal of linguistics, and Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium June 16: Sanja Srdanović & Emine Şahingöz

On Tuesday, June 16th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting talks by Sanja Srdanović entitled Possessive pronouns do not c-command out of the noun phrase in Serbian: Evidence from a self-paced reading task‘(abstract) and Emine Şahingöz entitled On the traces of i (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to get access link)

Virtual GK Colloquium June 2: Fenna Bergsma & Ruby Sleeman

On Tuesday, June 2nd virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting talks by Fenna Bergsma entitled ‘Case competition in headless relatives: a Germanic typology‘ and Ruby Sleeman entitled ‘Modifying superlatives: German ordinal-compounding vs. the Dutch exceptive op…na‘. See below for the abstracts.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to get access link) Case competition in headless Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium May 26: Astrid Gößwein

On Tuesday, May 26th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Astrid Gößwein entitled ‘Double center embedding of prenominal participle constructions and relative clauses in German’. See below for the abstract.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to get access link)  Double center embedding of prenominal participle constructions and relative clauses in German Center embedded structures Continue Reading

Virtual Colloquium May 19: Marcin Morzycki

On Tuesday, May 19th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Marcin Morzycki entitled ‘Interpreting Multiple Superlatives: Covert Modality and Semantic Viruses’. See below for the abstract.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: Online via Zoom(please send an e-mail to to get access link) Interpreting Multiple Superlatives: Covert Modality and Semantic Viruses Multiple occurrences of superlative morphology in the same clause systematically Continue Reading

Merle Weicker has been awarded the Wilhelm von Humboldt price!

Merle Weicker, alumna of the GK, has been awarded the Wilhelm von Humboldt price for the best dissertation by the German Linguistics Society (DGfS). The awards ceremony will take place during the annual DGfS conference, March 4, in Hamburg.For more information about the price see here: https://dgfs.de/de/aktuelles/2020/nachwuschpreis-traegerin-2020-merle-weicker.html. For more information about the DGfS conference see here: https://www.zfs.uni-hamburg.de/dgfs2020

Colloquium: Shanley Allen

On Tuesday, February 4th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Shanley Allen entitled ‘The role of information density and cross-linguistic influence in the L2 Processing of complex nominal compounds’. See below for the abstract.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: SH 0.107 The role of information density and cross-linguistic influence in the L2 processing of complex nominal Continue Reading

Colloquium: David Erschler

On Tuesday, February 11th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by David Erschler entitled ‘Depictives in Ossetic and Cross-Linguistic Variation in Modification by Depictives’. See below for the abstract.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: SH 0.107 Depictives in Ossetic and Cross-Linguistic Variation in Modification by Depictives Depictives are adjectival phrases that modify a participant without forming Continue Reading

Colloquium: Sebastian Bredemann

On Tuesday, January 28th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Sebastian Bredemann entitled Adjectival Agreement in Vata. Please click here for the abstract. When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: SH 0.107

Colloquium: Martina Wiltschko

On Tuesday, January 21th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Martina Wiltschko entitled ‘Let’s interact with high end nominals’. See below for the abstract.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: SH 0.107 Let’s interact with high end nominals! In recent years there has been increasing interest in the syntax of speech acts to the effect that Continue Reading

Colloquium: Peter Hallman

On Tuesday, January 14th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Peter Hallman entitled Comparison and adjective ordering in Arabic. See below for the abstract.  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pmWhere: SH 0.107 Comparison and adjective ordering in Arabic Adjective ordering in English and Arabic have been analyzed as mirror images of each other. Noun phrases in Continue Reading

Colloquium: Melanie Hobich

On Tuesday, December 17th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Melanie Hobich entitled KIND-interrogatives as predication? See below for the abstract.  When: 4pm (c.t.)-6pmWhere: SH 0.107 KIND-interrogatives as predicational? The literature on the “was für/wat voor/cto za” construction often makes reference to the predicational “nature” of this particular KIND interrogative found in Germanic, Baltic Continue Reading

Colloquium: Emine Şahingöz

On Tuesday, December 3rd GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Emine Şahingöz entitled Digor-Ossetic Definite Particle i. Click to see the abstract. When: 4pm (c.t.)-6pmWhere: SH 0.107

Colloquium: Sanja Srdanović

On Tuesday, November 26th at 4pm (c.t.) at SH 0.107, Sanja Srdanović will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. See below for the abstract. Title: Cataphoric pronoun resolution in Serbian Abstract: It has been shown that c-command has an effect on the acceptability of coreference in pronoun-name constructions (cataphoric binding/backward anaphor) (cf. 1a and 1b). The ungrammaticality Continue Reading

Colloquium: Lisa Cheng

On Tuesday, November 5th at 4:30 pm at the Seminarhaus (SH) 0.107, Lisa Cheng (Leiden University) will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Verb-stranding Ellipsis: evidence from Cantonese Abstract:Landau (2018) argues that object gaps in Hebrew are not results of Verb-stranding VP Ellip- sis. He further suggests that X-stranding XP-ellipsis is very limited cross-linguistically. In Continue Reading

Colloquium: Fenna Bergsma

On Tuesday, October 22th at 4pm in SH 0.107, Fenna Bergsma will be giving a talk in the GK colloquium. Title: Deriving a typology of case mismatches in free relatives Abstract: This talk focuses on case mismatches in free relatives. An example is given below. The predicate internal to the relative clause (vertraust `trust’) assigns dative case, and the predicate Continue Reading