Doreen Georgi




starting in July 2017: DFG-funded project The limits of variability in extraction asymmetries as part of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1287 Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Grammatical, and Social Aspects at the University of Potsdam.

7th-9th March 2018: Workshop on Referential and relational approaches to syntactic asymmetries at the 40th annual meeting of the DGfS (German Linguistic Society) (with Fabian Heck, Johannes Hein, Andrew Murphy, Gereon Müller)
deadline for abstract submission: 15th August 2017

spring 2018: The Department of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam will host GGS 44 in spring 2018. Organizers: Doreen Georgi, Gisbert Fanselow, Malte Zimmermann.

Research interests

I am a theoretical linguist who focusses on morphology, syntax and their interface.

Empirical domains I have worked on:

  • argument encoding by case and agreement
    (case splits, case stacking, hierarchy effects, syncretism, portmanteau agreement, syntactic vs. semantic agreement)
  • reflexes of movement
    (distribution of phonological, morphological, and syntactic reflexes)
  • non-local dependencies
    (long-distance case assignment and agreement, switch-reference, long-distance movement)
  • extraction asymmetries
    (argument/adjunct, subject/object, ATB-movement)
  • the syntax of the noun phrase
    (encoding and location of possessors, N-movement)
  • grammatical function changing
    (inverse, possessor advancement, passive)

Theoretical questions I pursue:

  • the locality of operations
  • local modelling of non-local dependencies
  • the timing of operations
  • referential vs. relational approaches to asymmetries in syntax
  • the nature of elementary syntactic operations
  • the mode of rule application (extrinsic vs. intrinsic ordering, simultaneous vs. sequential application)
  • derivation vs. representation
  • combination of Minimalism and OT/Harmonic Grammar