Universität Wien FIND

160140 PS Proseminar aus Grammatiktheorie und kognitiver Sprachwissenschaft (2017S)


Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Moodle; Mo 08.05. 13:15-14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG



max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprachen: Deutsch, Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 06.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 20.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 27.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 03.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 24.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 15.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 22.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 29.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 12.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 19.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Montag 26.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course will explore theoretical and empirical issues surrounding the syntax of relative clauses. We will discuss the main types of relative clauses, and their analyses. Topics that we will pay special attention to include the copy theory of movement, internal versus external merge, matching effects, case syncretisms, and reconstruction effects. Concomitantly, we will look at some of the main studies in the processing literature on relative clauses, focusing in particular on subject vs. object processing asymmetries.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students are expected to do the readings before coming to class, come to class, participate actively by asking and answering questions, take turns in protocoling the sessions, make a presentation with a handout, and write either an overview paper, or a paper analyzing something having to do with the topic of the proseminar and giving arguments for preferring a given analysis to alternatives from the literature. Alternatively, the paper writing requirement can be substituted by sitting a written exam on the last session of the course (i.e. 26.06.2017).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Students have a command of the literature on the typology and (main) analyses of relative clauses.


All of the topics discussed in class (as announced on Moodle in the course of the semester).


Selected literature:
Bhatt, R. 2003. Locality in Correlatives. NLLT.
Bianchi, V. 2000. The raising analysis of relative clauses: reply to Borsley. Linguistic Inquiry 31:123-140.
Bianchi, V. 2002. Headed relative clauses in generative syntax: Part I and II. In Glot International.
Borsley, R. 1997. Relative clauses and the theory of phrase structure. Linguistic Inquiry 28:629647.
Bresnan, J. and J. Grimshaw. 1978. The syntax of free relatives in English. Linguistic Inquiry 9 (3): 331-391.
Citko, B. 2001. Deletion under Identity in Relative Clauses, In NELS 31.
Demirdache, H. 1991. Resumptive chains in restrictive relatives, appositives and dislocation structures. Doctoral dissertation, MIT.
Georgi, D. and M. Salzmann. 2017. The matching effect in resumption: A local analysis based on Case attraction and top-down derivation. NLLT 35(1):61-98.
Gibson, E., H. Tily and E. Fedorenko. 2013. The processing complexity of English relative clauses. Language Down the Garden Path: The Cognitive and Biological Basis for Linguistic Structure. Oxford University Press.
Groos, A. and H. van Riemsdijk. 1981. Matching effects in free relatives: a parameter of core grammar. In A. Belletti et al. (eds.) Theory of Markedness in Generative Grammar. Scuola Normale Superiore.
Izvorski, R. 1996. The syntax and semantics of correlative proforms. In NELS 28.
Kayne, R. 1994. The Antisymmetry of Syntax. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Keenan, E. and B. Comrie. 1977. Noun phrase accessibility and universal grammar. Linguistic Inquiry 8:63-99.
van Riemsdijk, H. 2005. Free Relatives. In Syncom: Case 44.
Salzmann, M. 2006. Resumptive Prolepsis. Doctoral dissertation. Utrecht: LOT.
Sauerland, U. 1998. The meaning of chains. Doctoral dissertation, MIT, Cambridge, MA. (Pages 60-91)
Sauerland, U. and S. Husley. 2006. Sorting out Relative Clauses. Natural Language Semantics 14:111137.
deVries, M. 2002. The syntax of relativization. Doctoral dissertation, Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Fr 21.04.2017 12:49