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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


Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.Quirks of subject (non-)extraction in Igbo.
Invited contribution to the Glossa Special Collection on "Subject Extraction". Guest editor: Michael Y. Erlewine. 2018
Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.On subject / non-subject extraction asymmetries in Igbo.
Workshop on Quirks of Subject Extraction, National University of Singapore.2017
Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.On subject / non-subject extraction asymmetries in Igbo.
SVM lecture series, Universität Potsdam.2017
Georgi, D.On the nature of ATB.movement. Insights from reflexes of movement.
Proceedings of NELS 49, Cornell University. GLSA  publishing.2019
Georgi, D. & Stark, E.Past participle agreement in French – one or two rules? Invited contribution to special issue: The Morphosyntax of the Romance Languages and its Formal Analysis.
Linguistische Arbeiten, de Gruyter, guest editors: Eva-Maria Remberger, Natascha Pomino & Marc Hinzelin.2018
Hein, J.Deriving the typology of verbal fronting.
S. Hucklebridge & M. Nelson (eds.), Proceedings of the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society. Amherst, MA: GLSA.to appear
Hein, J.An intersection approach to syncretism in ATB dependencies.
Studia Linguistica.in revision
Hein, J.On the lack of verb-doubling VP-topicalization in Germanic.
Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics.submitted
Hein, J.Deriving the typology of predicate fronting.
Poster presented at NELS 48, Reykjavik.2017
Hein, J.On the correlation of V(P) fronting and verb doubling/do-support.SinFonIJA 10, Dubrovnik2017
Hein, J.Why Germanic VP-topicalization does not induce verb doubling.
CGSW 32, Trondheim2017
Hein, J. & Barnickel , K.Replication of R-pronouns in German dialects.
Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 37(2).to appear
Hein, J. & Murphy, A.V(P)-fronting in Asante Twi and Limbum.
V. Lee-Schoenfeld & D. Ott (eds.), Parameters of predicate fronting: A crosslinguistic look at V(P)-initial constructions. OUP, Oxford.to appear