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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.On the quirks of subject extraction in Igbo A’-dependencies.
Paper presented at the Workshop on Quirks of Subject Extraction, National University of Singapore. 10 - 11 August.2017[Abstract]
Amaechi, M. & Georgi, D.On subject / non-subject extraction asymmetries in Igbo.
Paper presented at the SVM Lecture Series, Potsdam., Germany. 22 November. 2017
Hein, J.Deriving 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. 2017
Hein, J.On the correlation of V(P) fronting and verb
SinFonIJA 10, Dubrovnik2017
Hein, J.Why Germanic VP-topicalization does not induce verb doubling.
CGSW 32, Trondheim2017
Hein, J.Deriving 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.2018