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B01 - Prominence phenomena in Slavic languages

In phase I we established that certain impersonal construc­tions (the so-called ‑no/‑to construction, the reflexive impersonal and the 3pl impersonal in Russian, Polish and Serbo-Croatian) are judged more acceptable when they have more prominent agents. Based on the hypothesis that features of discourse prominence (topicality, recency, etc.) render these constructions less acceptable, we now investigate the interaction between agent prominence and discourse prominence.



Prof. Dr. Daniel Bunčić

Principal Investigator B01

Office: Slavisches Seminar, Weyertal 137
E-mail: daniel.buncic(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-3355
Web: Prof. Dr. Daniel Bunčić


Iga Kościołek

Doctoral student B01

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.04
e-Mail: iga.kosciolek(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89911


To appear

  • Kretzschmar, Franziska, Maria Katarzyna Prenner, Beatrice Primus & Daniel Bunčić. To appear. Semantic-role prominence is contingent on referent prominence in discourse: Experimental evidence from impersonals and passives in Polish. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics.
  • Prenner, Maria Katarzyna & Daniel Bunčić. To appear. The competition of arb constructions in Polish. Journal of Slavic Linguistics.


  • Bunčić, Daniel. 2020. Agent prominence and movement in Russian third person plural impersonals (“indefinite-personal sentences”). Die Welt der Slaven: Internationale Halbjahresschrift für Slavistik 65(2). 297–311.


  • Bunčić, Daniel. 2019. Agent prominence in the Polish -no/-to construction. In Anastasia Bauer & Daniel Bunčić (eds.), Linguistische Beiträge zur Slavistik: XXIV. JungslavistInnen-Treffen in Köln, 17.–19. September 2015, 63-76. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. pdf
  • Prenner, Maria Katarzyna. 2019. Agentivität in menschlich-unpersönlichen Konstruktionen im Polnischen. Linguistische Treffen in Wrocław 15. 341-350.


  • Bunčić, Daniel. 2018. Impersonal constructions in Slavic languages and the agentivity of the verb. In Sebastian Kempgen, Monika Wingender & Norbert Franz (eds.), Deutsche Beiträge zum 16. Internationalen Slavistenkongress, Belgrad 2018, 101-110. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. pdf

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