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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

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

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 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

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: 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

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