Specificity in Syntax


The aim of the project is an innovative theory of syntactic structure building that rests upon the null hypothesis that specificity, which is a basic principle in morphological theory, drives syntactic operations, too. The basic idea is that when more than one constituent is a candidate for an agreement relationship or displacement operation, the operation will involve the more specific constituent. The main empirical domain are so-called locality effects.

  • Lahne, Antje - Project leader
  • Department of Linguistics
Funding sources
Name Finanzierungstyp Kategorie Project no.
Exzellenzinitiative third-party funds research funding program 423/10
Further information
Period: 01.11.2009 – 31.12.2010