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B03 - Agent prominence and the diachrony of predication in Indo-Aryan

We will study the role of agent prominence in the initial phase of the development of Old Indic participial forms into main clause nuclei. We will trace both present active participles and resultative ta-forms in their development from a very 'nominal' functional range into full-fledged main clause predicators. Our study will involve data collection and annotation according to selected semantic and syntactic criteria targeted at the interplay of verb semantics and the role of A- and O-arguments.

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Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

Principal Investigator B02 and B03

Office: Afrikanistik, Meister-Ekkehart-Straße 7
E-mail: gerrit.dimmendaal(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5762
Web: Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Dimmendaal


Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl

Principal Investigator B03

Office: Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
E-mail: uta.reinoehl(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5693
Web: Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl


Dr. Antje Casaretto

Postdoc B03

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.10
E-mail: antje.casaretto(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89906
Web: Antje Casaretto


Simon Fries

Student assistant B03

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.10
E-mail: sfries1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89906

List of publications

In print

  • Kölligan, D., Neuefeind, C., Kiss, B., Mondaca, F., Reinöhl, U. & P. Sahle. Accepted. VedaWeb – on the Role of Annotations in Analyzing Ancient Indo-Aryan Texts. To Appear in: Proceedings of the Historical Corpora and Variation Conference (HiCoV). Cagliari, Italy. 4.04-05.04.2019.
  • Reinöhl, Uta. Accepted. Continuous and discontinuous nominal expressions in “free word order” languages – Patterns and correlates. To appear in Linguistic Typology.
  • Reinöhl, Uta. Accepted. What are and what aren’t complex nominal expressions in so-called “non-configurational” languages. To appear in STUF – Language Typology and Universals.


  • Kiss, B., Kölligan, D., Mondaca, F., Neuefeind, C., Reinöhl, U. & P. Sahle. 2019. It takes a village: Co-developing VedaWeb, a Digital Research Platform for Old Indo-Aryan Texts. Workshop Proceedings. Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH. Fourth Digital Humanities Conference in the Nordic Countries 2019 (DHN2019). Copenhagen, Denmark. 05.03.2019.


  • Reinöhl, Uta & Antje Casaretto. 2018. When grammaticalization does NOT occur - Prosody-syntax mismatches in Indo-Aryan. Diachronica 35(2). 238-276. pdf