Nominal Modification

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

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Upcoming Meetings

Winter Semester 2021/22 

Tuesdays 16:00 (c.t.)-18:00, over Zoom.
Information related to the talks will be updated regularly on this website (see below for the Colloquium Program).

DateSpeaker/Event type Title
26.10.2021No Colloquium
09.11.2021Viktor KöhlichOn the Syntactic Status of the Element –no and the Categorization of no-Modifiers in Japanese
16.11.2021 (17:00-18:00)Sebastian Bredemann Phonologically conditioned gender mismatches in French
23.11.2021No Colloquium
30.11.2021No ColloquiumTBA
14.12.2021Dimitrios Kotopoulis TBA
Tommaso MattiuzziTBA
11.01.2022Julien Foglietti
Anna PreßlerTBA
18.01.2022Ahmad Al-BitarTBA
Joana Ferreira
25.01.2022Prof. Liliana Sánchez TBA
01.02.2022Emine ŞahingözTBA
Emma Merritt
08.02.2022Nasimeh BahmanianTBA
Nehir Aygül
15.02.2022Giacomo PresottoTBA
Maximilan Berthold


Previous Meetings


Summer Semester 2021 (Virtual GK Colloquium)

Tuesdays 16:00 (c.t.)-18:00, the access link will be provided internally via mailing lists.

Information related to the talks will be updated regularly on this website (see below for the Colloquium Program).

DateSpeaker/Event type Title
13.04.2021Sol Lago (Goethe University)Grammatical illusions in bilingual processing
Virtual social event: Welcome and Farewell
20.04.2021SFB Group Meeting (only PRs)--
27.04.2021Katharina Hartmann & Johannes Mursell (Goethe University)Typing Relative Clauses in Dagbani (Mabia)
04.05.2021Luigi Rizzi (University of Geneva/ University of Siena)Some thoughts on merge: typology, labeling, and freezing effects
11.05.2021Gert Webelhuth (Goethe University) On the role of c-command in German
18.05.2021Ora Matushansky (CNRS)En France, à Paris, là-dedans - où?
25.05.2021SFB Group Meeting (only PRs)--
01.06.2021Judith Tonhauser (University of Stuttgart)A time-relational framework for the temporal interpretation of noun phrases
08.06.2021Nikolaus P. Himmelmann (University of Cologne)Determiners in Wooi (West Papua)
15.06.2021Eulàlia Bonet Alsina (University of Barcelona)Allomorphy and floating segments
SFB Group Meeting (only PRs)--
29.06.2021 (12:00 PM-14:00 PM, CET)Peng Zhou (Tsinghua University)
06.07.2021Fatima Hamlaoui (University of Toronto)CANCELLED!!!


Winter Semester 2020/21 (Virtual GK Colloquium)

Tuesdays 16:00 (c.t.)-18:00, Virtual Meetings (the access link will be provided internally via mailing lists)

Information related to the talks will be updated regularly on this website (see below for the Colloquium Program).

DateSpeaker Title
03.11.2020No Colloquium--
10.11.2020SFB Group Meeting
(only PRs)
17.11.2020Emine Şahingöz Centering in Ossetic
Viktor Köhlich Direct and Indirect Modification in Modern Standard Japanese
24.11.2020Search Committee Meeting
(only PRs)
01.12.2020Ana Perez-Leroux & Erin Pettibone (University of Toronto) Context sensitivity and adjective interpretation in Spanish
08.12.2020Christoph Scheepers
(University of Glasgow)
Syntactic Priming of Relative-Clause Attachments:
Implications for the Mental Representation of Syntax
15.12.2020SFB Group Meeting
(only PRs)
12.01.2021Ahmad Al-Bitar Abstract 'average': a Unique modifier
Yat Han Lai Processing non-canonical order
19.01.2021Theresa Biberauer
(University of Cambridge)
26.01.2021Sebastian BredemannAccounting for optimizing and non-optimizing phonologically conditioned allomorphy
Emma MerrittRecursive Structures in Language Acquisition: Recent findings, open questions, and implications for linguistic theory
02.02.2021Akinbiyı Akinlabi
(Rutgers University)
SFB Group Meeting
(only PRs)
16.02.2021Natalie RollerStrategies of Nominal Modification in Tagalog
Anna PreßlerThe role of phonological factors in word order phenomena
DateSpeaker Title
21.04.2020No colloquium --
28.04.2020Search Committee MeetingGK related
05.05.2020Internal Meeting (PRs only)SFB related
12.05.2020Internal Meeting (PRs only)GK related
19.05.2020Marcin Morzynski (UBC)Interpreting Multiple Superlatives: Covert Modality and Semantic Viruses
26.05.2020Astrid GößweinDouble center embedding of prenominal participle constructions and relative clauses in German
02.06.2020Fenna BergsmaCase competition in headless relatives: a Germanic typology
Ruby SleemanModifying superlatives: German ordinal-compounding vs. the Dutch exceptive op…na
09.06.2020Internal Meeting (PRs only)SFB related
16.06.2020Sanja SrdanovićPossessive pronouns do not c-command out of the noun phrase in Serbian: Evidence from a self-paced reading task
Emine ŞahingözOn the traces of i
23.06.2020Ted Gibson (MIT)Information processing and cross-linguistic universals
30.06.2020Sebastian BredemannOn the influence of phonology in morphological realization
Abigail Anne BimpehControl Phenomena in Ewe
07.07.2020Lydia GroheMultiple adjectival modification in child spontaneous speech and in the adult input
Yat Han LaiThe production of non-canonical orders
(2pm Berlin time)
Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine (National University of Singapore) Patterns of relativization in Austronesian and Tibetan
14.07.2020Priscilla Lola Adenuga Plural sensitivity to animacy and definiteness: crosslinguistic evidence
Melanie Hobich On wh-exclamatives

Winter Semester 2019/2020

Tuesdays 16:00 (c.t.)-18:00, Room SH 0.107 (Seminarhaus),
Uni Campus Westend <>

DateSpeaker Title
15.10.2019Internal Meeting (PRs only)--
22.10.2019Fenna BergsmaDeriving a typology of case mismatches in free relatives
29.10.2019Internal SFB Meeting (PRs only)--
05.11.2019Lisa ChengVerb-stranding Ellipsis: evidence from Cantonese
12.11.2019Internal SFB Meeting (PRs only)--
19.11.2019No Colloquium--
26.11.2019Sanja SrdanovićCataphoric pronoun resolution in Serbian
03.12.2019Emine ŞahingözDigor-Ossetic Definite Particle i
10.12.2019Internal SFB Meeting (PRs only)--
17.12.2019Melanie HobichKIND-interrogatives as predicational?
14.01.2020Peter HallmanComparison and adjective ordering in Arabic
21.01.2020Martina WiltschkoLet’s interact with high end nominals
28.01.2020Sebastian BredemannAdjectival Agreement in Vata
04.02.2020Shanley AllenThe role of information density and cross-linguistic influence
in the L2 processing of complex nominal compounds
11.02.2020David ErschlerDepictives in Ossetic and Cross-Linguistic Variation in Modification by Depictives

Summer Semester 2019

Tuesdays 16:00-18:00 SH 5.105, Uni Campus Westend

18.06.2019Elly van GelderenRemarks on nominal modification
11.06.2019Zorica Puškar Gallien Disassembling and reassembling pronouns
04.06.2019Elsi KaiserHead-final relative clauses and animacy effects: What corpus patterns and psycholinguistic studies can tell us
21.05.2019Hannah Sande Doubly morphologically conditioned phonology
14.05.2019Shravan Vasishth Prenominal relatives clauses in Mandarin: Implications for theories of sentence processing
07.05.2019Charles Yang Language shapes children’s understanding of number
23.04.2019--Inauguration of the 2nd funding period of the Research Training Group on ‘Nominal Modification I

Winter Semester 2018/2019

Tuesdays 16:00-18:00, Room IG 1.314 (Eisenhower-Room)

16.10.2018.Priscilla AdenugaRelabelling Adjunction: A modification analysis in Ògè
Fenna BergsmaOn the distribution of waarmee and met wat in Dutch free relatives
23.10.2018.Lyn FrazierProcessing ellipsis: The circumstances of repair
30.10.2018.Gregory ScontrasThe role of subjectivity in adjective ordering preferences
06.11.2018.Ianthi TsimpliAspects of linguistic complexity in bilingual children’s grammars
13.11.2018.Yat Han LaiProcessing non-canonical structures in Cantonese
20.11.2018.Lydia GroheRound blue table or blue round table: The production of double prenominal adjectives in acquisition
27.11.2018.Ruby SleemanPrenominal modifiers in Dutch: ordinals and superlatives
04.12.2018.Abigail BimpehOn (anti)logophoricity in Ewedomegbe
11.12.2018.Enoch AbohD: A spurious category
18.12.2018.Sanja SrdanovićBinding Principle B in Serbian possessive constructions: clitics vs. strong pronouns
15.01.2019.Natalia GagarinaReferentiality in bilingual oral and written texts
Marcel den DikkenOne syntax for all: A unified representational system for syntax and phonology
22.01.2019.Melanie HobichFrom head to phrase to clause. The syntactic change of quantifiers in Germanic and its implications for ‘was für’
29.01.2019.David Adger Meaningless Movements in the Noun Phrase
05.02.2019.Astrid GößweinExtended nominal modifiers – participle constructions in German and English
12.02.2019.Sebastian Bredemann Phonological agreement
Emine ŞahingözOssetic Phrasal Accent - A first Approach

Summer Semester 2018

10.10.2018.Ivano CaponigroRichard Montague’s Turn Towards Natural Language
26.06.2018.Philippe SchlenkerGestural Semantics
29.05.2018.Heidi KlockmannFrom N to Q: The morphosyntax of Polish and English quantificational expressions
15.05.2018.Shigeru MiyagawaDeriving Case Theory
08.05.2018.Malte ZimmermannFind Construction Analyze: Making Sense of Serial Verb Constructions

Winter Semester 2017/2018

Date Speaker Title
06.02.2018.Sabina Halupka-RešetarWh-phrases in the nominal domain in Serbian
23.01.2018.Ruby SleemanOrdinal numerals in dialects of Dutch
Lydia GroheThe acquisition of double prenominal modifiers
16.01.2018.Priscilla AdenugaNominal Attributive Modifiers (NAM) in Ògè
Carolin ReinertThe role of context for as- and for-intersectives
09.01.2018.Melanie Hobich The origin of the German(ic) was für construction and its implications.
Abigail Anne BimpehExclusives in Ewe
12.12.2017.Astrid GößweinExperimental studies on the agreement of hybrid nouns in German
Sanja SrdanovićThe structure and binding of Serbian possessives: a challenge for bilinguals?
05.12.2017.Fenna BergsmaSyncretism = shared syntax + shared spellout
Yat Han LaiProcessing Relative Clauses in German and Cantonese: an experimental study