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B07 - Agentivity as a key to prominence: Experimental approaches to argument alternations in German

This project explores the question of whether the privileged status of agentive and animate verbal arguments can be explained by the notion of prominence. The main challenge is to model agentivity-related prominence and its relation to animacy in a feature-based approach to agentivity. The empirical focus lies on experiments (acceptability ratings, event-related brain potentials) that test passives and constructions with the pronoun man 'they, one' for fine-grained prominence distinctions with respect to agentivity and animacy.

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Team

Name

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Primus (†)

Principal Investigator B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.122
E-mail: primus(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-3434
Web: Prof. Dr. Beatrice Primus

Name

Dr. Markus Philipp

Principal Investigator B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.118
E-mail: markus.philipp(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5236
Web: Dr. Markus Philipp

Name

Dr. Ingmar Brilmayer

Postdoc B07

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.05
E-mail: ibrilmay(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89910
Web: Ingmar Brilmayer

Name

Dr. Franziska Kretzschmar

Postdoc B07

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 2.05
E-mail: franziska.kretzschmar(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89910
Web: Dr. Franziska Kretzschmar

Name

Leonie Steimel

Student assistant B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.118
E-mail: jsteime1(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5236

Name

Jacqueline Wiedner

Student assistant B07

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.121
E-mail: jwiedne3(at)uni-koeln.de
Phone: (+49) 221 470-5226

List of publications

To appear

  • Kretzschmar, Franziska & Ingmar Brilmayer. To appear. Zooming in on agentivity: Experimental studies of DO-clefts in German. Linguistics Vanguard.
  • Kretzschmar, Franziska & Beatrice Primus. To appear. Lexikonprojektion und Konstruktion: Experimentelle Studien zu Argumentalternationen im Deutschen. In Robert Külpmann, Laura Neuhaus & Vilma Symanczyk Joppe (eds.), Variation in der Argumentstruktur des Deutschen. Linguistische Berichte (LB), Sonderheft 28.

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