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GK Colloquium July 4th: Elli Tourtouri

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 4th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Elli Tourtouri (University of Osnabrück) entitled “The secret lives of adjectives: An information-theoretic perspective on the use of adjectival modification”(abstract). We invite all interested students and researchers to join us for the talk. When: 4:15 Continue Reading

GK Colloquium June 27th: Mark Van de Velde

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 27th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Mark Van de Velde (LLACAN) entitled “Scenario based explanations for the structure of nominal expressions” (abstract). We invite all interested students and researchers to join us for the talk. When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Continue Reading

GK Colloquium June 13th: Mora Mandonado (online)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 13th, GK Colloquium will be hosting an online talk by our invited guest Mora Mandonado (Université de Nantes) entitled “Understanding the cross-linguistic distribution of person systems: A behavioural perspective” (abstract). We invite all interested students and researchers to join us for the talk. When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm Continue Reading

GK Colloquium June 6th: Hedde Zeijlstra

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 6th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Hedde Zeijlstra (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) entitled “On the DP-CP identity” (abstract). We invite all interested students and researchers to join us for the talk. When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room IG 205 & via Continue Reading

GK Colloquium May 23th: Ken Hiraiwa

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 23th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Ken Hiraiwa (Meiji Gakuin University) entitled “N’-ellipsis in Japanese and Okinawan: Deletion or Haplology” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room IG 205 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2023 please Continue Reading

GK Colloquium May 16th: Theresa Biberauer

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 16th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Theresa Biberauer (University of Cambridge) entitled “The ‘edge of chaos’ in language variation and change: a minimalist perspective” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room IG 205 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom Continue Reading

GK Colloquium May 9th: David Adger

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 9th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest David Adger (Queen Mary University of London) entitled “Identity Subextraction from nominals in Mereological Syntax” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room IG 205 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2023 Continue Reading

GK Colloquium April 25: Orin Percus

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 25, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Orin Percus (Université de Nantes) entitled “Identity issues after Flight AF 006” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room IG 205 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2023 please send an Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium April 18: Tania Ionin

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 18, GK Colloquium will be hosting an online talk by our invited guest Tania Ionin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) entitled “Every configuration is not ambiguous: Experimental investigations into quantifier scope in native and non-native grammars” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoomto receive a Continue Reading

GK Colloquium February 7th: Niels O. Schiller

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 7th , GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Niels O. Schiller (Leiden University) entitled “Nominal features in language production: The case of gender and classifier processing” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Continue Reading

GK Colloquium January 31st: Dan Parker

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 31st, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our invited guest Dan Parker (The Ohio State University) entitled “Sometimes more is less: How representational complexity impacts processing Dynamics” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link Continue Reading

GK Colloquium January 24th: Anita Obenaus

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 24th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our doctoral researcher Anita Obenaus. Anita will present her research on “What makes a classifier a classifier? – Source constructions and the distinction to nominal roots in the Bolivian Arawak languages” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & Continue Reading

GK Colloquium January 17th: Tommaso Mattiuzzi

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 17th, GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our doctoral researcher Tommaso Mattiuzzi. Tommaso will present his research on “Bare nouns in any kind of place: approaching Italian bare PPs with corpus data” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom Continue Reading

GK Colloquium December 13th: Giacomo Presotto & Dimitrios Kotopoulis

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, December 13th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Giacomo Presotto will present his research on “Better alone than in bad company. Trade-offs between redundant and deficient cues assist the integration of ORCs.” (abstract) and Dimitrios Kotopoulis will present his research entitled “The case of Continue Reading

GK Colloquium December 6th: Maximilian Berthold & Julien Foglietti

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, December 6th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Maximilian Berthold will present his research entitled “Nominal aktionsarten: a formal account” (abstract) and Julien Foglietti will present her research on “The first name/last name asymmetry – Update on the experimental design and a possible semantic Continue Reading

GK Colloquium November 29nd: Nehir Aygül

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 29th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our doctoral researcher, Nehir Aygül entitled “Computing Quantifier Scope in Scrambling Languages: a study in Turkish” (abstract) . When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe2022/23 please send Continue Reading

GK Colloquium November 22nd: Louise McNally

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 22nd GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Louise McNally, Mercator Fellow of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ (UPF) entitled “Using adjectives for reference: A cross-linguistic perspective” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe2022/23 please send an Continue Reading

Viktor Köhlich at Mapping Syntax – Universals, Variation, Acquisition, and Change Workshop

Syntax – Universals, Variation, Acquisition, and Change Workshop, hosted by Oxford University , will take place on 16th-18th November 2022. Our GK student, Viktor Köhlich will attend the workshop and presentr a talk entitled “A Cartographic Analysis of Direct Modifiers in Japanese” on November 17th. More information on the program and registration can be seen here.

GK Colloquium November 15th: Norvin Richards

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 15th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Norvin Richards  (MIT) entitled “Finding something to lean on: linkers and modification in Contiguity Theory” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe2022/23 please send an e-mail Continue Reading

Mercator Fellow of GK: Louise McNally

We are very happy to announce that Louise McNally will be visiting RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ as Mercator Fellow in November 2022 (01.10-29.10). McNally will be offering two Mini-Courses and a Colloquim talk during her stay at Goethe University (see below for more details). Prof. McNally will also be meeting our senior and junior researchers to Continue Reading

GK Colloquium July 12th: Shota Momma

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 12th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Shota Momma (UMass) entitled “Structure building in speaking“ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open Continue Reading

GK Colloquium July 5th: Alexandra Simonenko

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 5th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Alexandra Simonenko (Ghent University) entitled “What can historical treebanks teach us about noun phrase semantics?“(abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail Continue Reading

GK Colloquium June 28th: Adrian Brasoveanu

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 28th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Adrian Brasoveanu  (University of Santa Cruz) entitled “Induction of Rule Ordering in Production-based Processing Models” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an Continue Reading

GK Colloquium June 21th: Elaine J. Francis

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 21th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Elaine J. Francis (Purdue University, US) entitled “Gradient acceptability at the intersections of syntax, discourse, and language processing” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 Continue Reading

GK Colloquium June 14th: Maria Teresa Guasti

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 14th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Maria Teresa Guasti (University of Milan Bicocca & ZAS, Berlin) entitled “Relative clauses across languages and across mode of acquisition” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link Continue Reading

GK Colloquium June 7th: Artemis Alexiadou(virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 7th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University,) entitled “Numeral-noun combinations and the hidden partitive hypothesis revisited” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to all Continue Reading

GK Colloquium May 31st: Juliette Thuilier

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 31st  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Juliette Thuilier (Université Jean Jaurès Toulouse) entitled “Modeling the position of the attributive adjective in French: a quantitative and experimental approach” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link Continue Reading

GK Colloquium May 24th: Mark Baker (virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 24th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Mark Baker (Rutgers University) entitled “On Logophoric Phenomena Inside Nominals: Implications for NP Structure” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to Continue Reading

GK Colloquium May 10th: Paula Rubio-Fernandez (virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 10th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Paula Rubio-Fernandez (MIT) on “The psychophysics of referential communication: Discriminability vs. informativity” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to all linguists Continue Reading

GK Colloquium April 19th: Thomas McFadden

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 19th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Thomas McFadden (ZAS) on “What the structural/inherent case distinction can tell us about the implementation of dependent case” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Continue Reading

GK Colloquium April 12th: Ludovica Serratrice

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 12th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Ludovica Serratrice (University of Reading/UiT The Arctic University of Norway) on “To share or not to share? Priming syntactic representations in young bilinguals“(abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium February 15th: Giacomo Presotto & Maximilian Berthold

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 15th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Giacomo Presotto will present his research entitled ‘On the disambiguation of subjects and objects in ORCs. Some thoughts on ameliorations in intervention effects’ (abstract) and Maximilian Berthold will present her research on ‘Nominal Aktionsarten‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium February 8th: Nasimeh Bahmanian & Nehir Aygül

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 8th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Nasimeh Bahmanian will present her research on ‘Argument structure affects relative clause extraposition: Evidence from a corpus study on Persian ‘ (abstract) and Nehir Aygül will present her research entitled ‘Computing Quantifier Scope‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium February 1st: Emine Şahingöz & Emma Merritt

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 1st, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Emine Şahingöz will present her research on ‘Differential Object Marking in Ossetic: A corpus-based analysis ‘ (abstract) and Emma Merritt will present her research entitled ‘Identifying Areas of Difficulty in the Comprehension of Recursion‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium January 25th: Liliana Sánchez

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 25th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Liliana Sánchez (University of Illinois Chicago) on  “Differential Object Marking and Clitic Doubling in Spanish across the contact continuum” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to (). Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium December 14th: Dimitrios Kotopoulis & Tommaso Mattiuzzi

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, December 14th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Dimitrios Kotopoulis will present his research on ‘Theories of KP’ (abstract) and Tommaso Mattiuzzi will present his research on ‘(Lack of) Nominal Modification: What ‘slim’ nominals might tell us about modifiers’ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Continue Reading

Virtual GK Colloquium November 16th: Sebastian Bredemann

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 16th,  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Sebastian Bredemann (doctoral researcher of GK) on “Phonologically conditioned gender mismatches in French”(abstract).  When: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoom (to receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to )

Virtual GK Colloquium November 9th: Viktor Köhlich

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 9th,  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Viktor Köhlich on  “On the Syntactic Status of the Element –no and the Categorization of no-Modifiers in Japanese “(abstract).  When: 4:15 pm-5:00 pm (CET)Where:  via Zoom (to receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to )

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 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 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