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C05: The limits of variability in extraction asymmetries

The project studies displacement asymmetries from a cross-linguistic perspective. Subject displacement is more restricted than object displacement in that the former requires special morphological devices in many languages. The goal is to find out what underlies this constraint on displacement in the mental grammar and which features need to co-occur in a language to trigger the asymmetry. To this end, we focus on the comparatively little studied phenomenon of agreement-suppression (AS). Cross-linguistic patterns of variability and stability in AS, identified in a questionnaire study, enable us to determine (i) whether AS is in fact another instance of a general restriction against subject extraction and (ii) what causes this restriction.


Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi

PI C05


Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 3.33
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Dr. Johannes Hein


Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 3.30
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Publications with scientific quality assurance

Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.2019Quirks of subject (non-)extraction in Igbo. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1)(69), 1-36. doi:10.5334/gjgl.607C05
Georgi, D.2019On prominence scale interactions in Hayu: a Harmonic Grammar account.Nordlyd, 43(1), 1-13, GLOW Short Report Proceedings for the 40th GLOW colloquium held in Leiden in 2017. doi:10.7557/12.4206C05
Hein, J.2018Deriving the typology of verbal fronting.
S. Hucklebridge & M. Nelson (Eds.), NELS 48: Proceedings of the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (Vol. 2, pp. 29-38). Amherst: GLSA.C05
Hein, J. & Barnickel, K.2018Replication of R-pronouns in German dialects.Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, 37(2), 171-204. doi:10.1515/zfs-2018-0009C05[Download]

Invited talks & presentations

Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.2018On the Source of Subject / Non-Subject Asymmetries in Igbo wh-/focus Constructions.Paper presented at the 49th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 49) Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mi., USA. 23 March. C05
Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.2017On the quirks of subject extraction in Igbo A’-dependencies.
Invited talk at the Workshop on Quirks of Subject Extraction, National University of Singapore. 10 - 11 August.C05[Abstract]
Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.2017On subject / non-subject extraction asymmetries in Igbo.
Invited talk at the SVM Lecture Series, Potsdam, Germany. 22 November. C05
Georgi, D.2018On the nature of ATB-movement: insights from reflexes of movement. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 49), Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. USA. 05 October. C05
Georgi, D.2018On the nature of ATB-movement: insights from reflexes of movement. Paper presented at the 41st GLOW conference (GLOW41), Budapest, Hungary. 13 April. C05
Hein, J.2019Subject asymmetries in Limbum. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 50), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 22 - 25 May. C05
Hein, J.2019The parallels between ellispis and copy deletion: A case for post-syntactic head movement. Poster presented at the  Generative Linguistics of the old World (GLOW42), University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. 08 - 10 May. C05
Hein, J.2018On the interaction of head movement, ellipsis, and copy deletion: The case of Mainland Scandinavian.Paper presented at the Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 33 (CGSW 33), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany. 27 September. C05
Hein, J.2017On the correlation of V(P) fronting and verb doubling/do-support.Paper presented at the SinFonIJA 10, Dubrovnik, Croatia. 22-24 October. C05
Hein, J.2017Deriving the typology of predicate fronting.
Poster presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 48), University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland. 27 - 29 October. C05
Hein, J.2017Why Germanic VP-topicalization does not induce verb doubling. Paper presented at the 32nd Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW 32), NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. 14 September. C05