Graduate School "Nominal Modification"


Start: October 1, 2014

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(DFG GRK 2016/1)

The research programme of the school covers three major aspects of nominal modification: First, the internal syntactic structure of nominal phrases with regard to synchronic and diachronic diversity including typological aspects, as well as processing and acquisition will be studied, particularly addressing the problem of functional layers within the DP and the elements hosted there. Second, the external structural properties of modified nominal phrases are investigated with an emphasis on the phenomena extraposition, discontinuity and non-locality. Here, the main aim is to explore the factors influencing the choice of alternative constructions by conducting interdisciplinary research in relevant fields including syntax, prosody and pragmatics. The third main research question deals with interpretive aspects of modification; here the focus is on the challenges for compositionality presented by non-locally interpreted modifiers. Furthermore, differences between various kinds of local modification are investigated; in particular, cognitive explanations for the overall preference of modification by intersection and subsective modification in general will be sought.

Members of the graduate school will be eligible to participate in an exchange programme with the Linguistics Department and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania for one semester. The school will also cooperate with Goethe University’s graduate academy GRADE, which provides support regarding structured doctoral education and offers additional training, consulting, and networking events.

We are committed to increasing the proportion of female scientific staff at the University and applications from women are especially welcome. Employees will be supported in their efforts to combine their professional life with family duties. Where qualifications are equal, preference will be given to people with disabilities.

Contact Information
Sascha Alexeyenko; alexeyenko@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Full Proposal

Here is the original proposal submitted to the DFG. 

 

Participating Institutions

Institut für Linguistik, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität

Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität

Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität

Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS), Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität

Institut für Psycholinguistik und Didaktik der deutschen Sprache, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität

 

Participating Researchers

Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry, Institut für Linguistik: Phonologie (Sprecherin)

Prof. Dr. Markus Bader, Institut für Linguistik: Psycholinguistik

Prof. Dr. Jost Gippert, Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, Typologie

Prof. Dr. Katharina Hartmann, Institut für Linguistik: Syntax

Dr. Cécile Meier, Institut für Linguistik: Semantik

Prof. Dr. Cecilia Poletto, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen

Prof. Dr. Henning Reetz, Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: Phonetik

Prof. Dr. Esther Rinke, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen

Prof. Dr. Manfred Sailer, Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS)

Prof. Dr. Petra Schulz, Institut für Psycholinguistik und Didaktik der deutschen Sprache

Prof. Dr. Gert Webelhuth, Institut für England- & Amerikastudien (IEAS)

Prof. Dr. Helmut Weiß, Institut für Linguistik: Historische Sprachwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ede Zimmermann, Institut für Linguistik: Semantik

 

Associate Researchers

Dr. Ingo Feldhausen, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jolanta Gelumbeckaitė, Institut für Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft

Dr. Daniel Gutzmann, Institut für Linguistik: Semantik

Dr. Gerrit Kentner, Institut für Linguistik: Phonologie

Dr. Beata Moskal, Institut für Linguistik: Phonologie

Dr. Anja Müller, Institut für Psycholinguistik und Didaktik der deutschen Sprache

Dr. Peter Smith, Institut für Linguistik: Syntax


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