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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

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

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

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