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B04 - Interaction of nominal and verbal features for Differential Object Marking

Building on the results of phase I, phase II investigates Differential Object Marking (DOM) as the result of a complex interaction between nominal and verbal prominence features. Focusing on Spanish and Turkish, one of the major challenges is to understand why DOM is determined by two rather contrary verbal prominence features, i.e. agentivity and affectedness. Moreover, the project aims at analyzing DOM in contexts with three (or more) arguments, and at exploring the impact of DOM on discourse structure.

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Prof. Dr. Marco García García

Principal Investigator B04

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.310
E-mail: marco.garcia(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-4821
Web: Prof. Dr. Marco García García


Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger

Speaker of the SFB, Principal Investigator B04, C04 and Z

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.116 and SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 1.09
E-mail: klaus.vonheusinger(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-4884 (Philosophikum) and -89900 (SFB)
Web: Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger


Semra Kizilkaya

Postdoc B04

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, room 1.04
E-mail: semra.kizilkaya(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89903
Web: Semra Kizilkaya


Tiago Augusto Duarte

Doctoral student B04

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, room 1.04
E-mail: tiago.duarte(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89903


Haydar Batuhan Yildiz

Doctoral student B04

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, room 1.04
E-Mail: haydar.batuhan.yildiz(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89903
Web: Haydar Batuhan Yildiz


Gökben Nagihan Konuk

Student assistant B04

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, room 4.09
E-mail: goekben.konuk(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89921


Sümeyye Uluer

Student assistant B04

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.12
E-mail: suluer1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89903


To appear

  • Kizilkaya, Semra. To appear. Belebtheit, Affiziertheit und das bairische Personalpronomen eam. In Augustin Speyer & Philipp Rauth (eds.), Syntax aus Saarbrücker Sicht. Beiträge der SaRDiS-Tagung zur Dialektsyntax (Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik - Beihefte). Stuttgart: Steiner. preprint: pdf
  • Tigău, Alina & Klaus von Heusinger. To appear. Dative clitics in Romanian ditransitives. In Adina Dragomirescu, Alexandru Nicolae, Adnana Boioc & Stefania Costea (eds.), Selected papers from Going Romance 31, Bucharest. Amsterdam: Benjamins. preprint: pdf



  • Caro Reina, Javier. 2020. Differential object marking with proper names in Romance languages. In Luise Kempf, Damaris Nübling & Mirjam Schmuck (eds.), Linguistik der Eigennamen, 225-258. Berlin: de Gruyter. pdf
  • Özge, Umut & Klaus von Heusinger. 2020. Case marking and forward and backward discourse function. In Deniz Zeyrek & Umut Özge (eds.), Discourse meaning: The view from Turkish81-102. Berlin: de Gruyter. pdf




  • von Heusinger, Klaus & Jaklin Kornfilt. 2017. Partitivity and case marking in Turkish and related languages. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics 2(1). 1-40. pdf
  • von Heusinger, Klaus & Elif Bamyaci. 2017. Specificity effects of Turkish Differential Object Marking. In Leyla Zidani-Eroglu, Matthew Ciscel & Elena Koulidobrova (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 12), 309-319. Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. pdf