Current research topics

  • Diachronic development of proposition embedding predicates: argument structure, argument realisation, semantic properties (consistency conditions)
  • Semantic properties of clause-embedding predicates (consistency conditions) ruling their syntactic behaviour - clause type (question, declarative) of the embedded clause, nominalization, embedded root-phenomena

Member in the following research projects

  • since 01/ 2008
    "Lexical conditioning of syntactic structures" (PB3, ZAS)
  • 2003 - 2007
    "Non-canonical use of verb-second and verb-final clauses" (P10, ZAS) [solitaires, root- and complement clauses]; "Syntax and semantics of questions and answers from a typological perspective" [information structure, li-interrogatives in Slavic languages, sluicing] (P11, ZAS)
  • 2000 - 2002
    "Syntax of the C-domain" (joint project between ZAS Berlin and U Leipzig) [information structure, sluicing, coordination, parallelism, indefinites]
  • 1996 - 1999
    "Information structure: raising of constituents and ellipsis as means of focusation in typologically differing languages" (ZAS-project) [information structure, ellipsis]
  • 1981 - 1995
    "Syntax and semantics of ellipsis in German", "Sentence mood in German" [exclamatives, V-initial clauses]
  • 09/1977 - 1980
    "English Lexicology"