Syntax and Semantics

Annual Report 1998

CLCG

This research group studies the syntactic structure of the human language capacity and the way it is embedded in our general cognitive capacity. The research program is motivated, among other things, by the so-called logical problem of language acquisition and the evidence comes from comparative and typological research of the synchronic and diachronic variation among natural languages.

 

Members: Ackema, Bok-Bennema, De Haan, Kampers-Manhe, Koster (coordinator), Rijkhoek, Schürcks-Grozeva, Van Zonneveld, Wiegel, Zwart. (italicized: previous members with publications in the reporting period)

Research Results

Several research activities were focused on the further development of a paradigm combining elements of Chomsky's minimalism and Kayne's antisymmetry theory. Kayne's theory excludes rightward movement. This view led to a new approach of the right periphery of sentence structure. Against this background, Koster further developed his theory on parallel construal and did related work on coordination, a topic also worked on by Van Zonneveld. Similar ideas were applied to result clauses in the dissertation of Rijkhoek, defended in December 1998. Zwart's research was concentrated on the verb position in a number of languages, Swahili and Frisian among them. He also wrote on binding conditions and middle constructions. Other highlights of 1998 were Kampers-Manhe's work on constructions with inverted subjects and De Haan's work on language contact, particularly the strong incorporation of features from Dutch into the grammar of Frisian. Work on optimality theory was represented by Ackema's research on passive formation and questions.

Dissertations

  • Rijkhoek, P D, On Degree Phrases & Result Clauses, Promotores: Koster, J, Zwart, C J W, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Grodil, Groningen, 1998

Scholarly Publications

dr. P. Ackema

  • Ackema, P, On the relation between V-to-I and inflectional features, In: Groninger Arbeiten zur Germanistischen Linguistik 42, pp. 129-153.
  • Ackema, P, Neeleman, A, Conflict resolution in passive formation, In: Lingua, 104, 1998, pp. 13-29
  • Ackema, P, Neeleman, A, Optimal questions, In: Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 16, 1998, pp. 443-490
  • Ackema, P, Neeleman, A, WHOT?, In: Barbosa, P, Fox, D, Hagstrom, P, McGinnis, M, Pesetsky, D (eds.), Is the best good enough?, MIT Press/MITWPL, Cambridge/Mass. 1998, pp. 15-34

prof.dr. G.J. de Haan

  • Haan, G J de, Taalferoaring troch taalkontakt, In: N., N, Philologia Frisica Anno 1996, Lezingen fan it fjirtjinde frysk filologekongres, 23, 24 en 25 oktober 1996, Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert, 1998, pp. 93-116

dr. B.A.A. Kampers-Manhe

  • Kampers-Manhe, B A A, Je veux que parte Paul, A Neglected construction, In: Schwegler, A, Tranel, B, Uribe-Etxebarria, M (eds.), Romance Linguistics, Theoretical Perspectives, Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 160, John Benjamins, Amsterdam-Philadelphia, 1998, pp. 129-141
  • Drijkoningen, F, Kampers-Manhe, B A A, Schroten, J, Probus International Journal of Latin and Romance Linguistics, special issue, In: Probus International Journal of Latin and Romance Linguistics, 10, nr. 2, 1998, pp. 1-241

prof.dr. J. Koster

  • Koster, J, Gapping moet Blijven, In: TABU, 28, nr. 3, 1998, pp. 99-106
  • Koster, J, Chomsky and the Reconstruction of Reason. In: A Celebration: Essays for Chomsky's 70th Birthday, MIT Press, 1998 (17 pp.): (http://mitpress.mit.edu/chomskydisc/q-and-a.tcl?topic=Chomsky%20Essays)
  • Broere, C A J, Stowe, L A, Wijers, A A, Mulder, G, Koster, J, Vaalburg, W, A complex syntax processing area in the temporal cortex, In: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow Metabolism, 17, 1997, 265 (appeared in 1998)
  • Paans, AMJ, Stowe, L A, Broere, C A J, Wijers, A A, Koster, J, Vaalburg, W, Working memory components in a language task, In: Neuroimage, 4, 1997, 552 (appeared in 1998)
  • Stowe, L A, Paans, AMJ, Wijers, A A, Mulder, G, Koster, J, Vaalburg, W, Semantic ambiguity activates right frontal cortex, In: Neuroimage, 7, 1998, S189
  • Stowe, L A, Broere, C A J, Wijers, A A, Paans, AMJ, Koster, J, Verbal Memory and Sentence Processing in the Inferior Frontal Lobe, In: Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences, 10, 1998, p. 126

drs. L. Schürcks-Grozeva

  • Dokter, D A, Nerbonne, J, Schürcks-Grozeva, L, Smit, P, Glosser-RuG: A User Study, In: Jager, S, Nerbonne, J, Essen, A J van (eds.), Language Teaching & Language Technology, Swets & Zeitlinger B.V., Amsterdam, 1998, pp. 167-176 dr. R.M. van Zonneveld
  • Zonneveld, R M van, Een nieuwe nevenschikking ontdekt, In: Nederlandse Taalkunde, 3-1, 1998, pp. 47-59
  • Zonneveld, R M van, Soorten Partikelverplaatsing, In: TABU, 29-2, 1998, pp.57-72
  • Bastiaanse, Y R M, Zonneveld, R M van, On the Relation between Verb Inflection and Verb Position in Dutch Agrammatic Aphasics, In: Brain and Language, 64, 1998, pp. 165-181
  • Ruigendijk, E, Bastiaanse, Y R M, Zonneveld, R M van, The relation between case and verbs and their inflection in the spontaneous speech of Dutch and German agrammatic aphasics, In: Brain and Language, 65, nr. 1, 1998, pp. 24-27
  • Zonneveld, R M van, Bastiaanse, Y R M, Negatief-polair `moeten', In: TABU, 27, nr. 3, 1997, pp. 113-123 (appeared in 1998)

dr. C.J.W. Zwart

  • Zwart, C J W, Where is Syntax? Syntactic Aspects of Left Dislocation in Dutch and English, In: Culicover, P, McNally, L (eds.), The Limits of Syntax, Academic Press, San Diego, 1998, pp. 365-393
  • Zwart, C J W, The Rough Guide to Chapter Four. Concordance of Intratextual References in Chomsky's Chapter Four, In: GLOT International, 3, nr. 2, 1998, pp. 23-24
  • Zwart, C J W, The Minimalist Program. Review Article of The Minimalist Program, by N. Chomsky, MIT Press, Cambridge, 1995, In: Journal of Linguistics, nr. 34, 1998, pp. 213-226
  • Zwart, C J W, Nonargument Middles in Dutch, In: Groninger Arbeiten zur germanistischen Linguistik, nr. 42, 1998, pp. 109-128

Other Publications

dr. P. Ackema

  • Ackema, P, Recensie van S. Dijk, Noun Incorporation in Frisian, In: It Beaken, 60, nr. 1, 1998, pp. 65-69
  • Ackema, P, Conditie-ordening versus parameters in de syntaxis, In: Blom, E, Jansen, A L (eds.), Tijdperk taal!, HAG publicaties, Den Haag, 1998, pp. 146-153

dr. R. Bok-Bennema

  • Bok-Bennema, R, Recensie van T.A. Griffith, Projecting transitivity and agreement, In: GLOT International, 3, nr. 3, 1998, pp. 9-11

dr. R.M. van Zonneveld

  • Zonneveld, R M van, Onderzoek doen naar niets, In: Willemen, K, Heijnen, G, Termeer, G (eds.), Het heilig vuur, De kern van het universitaire bestaan, Wolters-Noordhoff, Groningen, 1998, pp. 307-309

dr. C.J.W. Zwart

  • Zwart, C J W, Conference Report NELS 28, In: GLOT International, 3, nr. 1, 1998, p.21
  • Zwart, C J W, Conference Report Going Romance 11, In: GLOT International, 3, nr. 2, 1998, p. 22
  • Zwart, C J W, e.a., Conference Report 21st GLOW Colloquium and GLOW Workshops, In: GLOT International, 3, nr. 5, 1998, pp. 20-22

Lectures

  • Ackema, P, The nonuniform structure of Dutch N-V compounds, Guest lecture, Universität Konstanz, 9 January.
  • Ackema, P, The nonuniform structure of Dutch N-V compounds, TIN-dag, Universiteit Utrecht, 17 January.
  • Ackema, P, On the relation between V-to-I and inflectional features, TABU-dag, Universiteit Groningen, 19 June.
  • Ackema, P, Competition between syntax and morphology, The Utrecht Congress on Storage and Computation in Linguistics, Universiteit Utrecht, 21 October.
  • Ackema, P, Does the preverb climb in Hungarian Preverb Climbing? Colloquium, Universität Tübingen, 27 November.
  • Bok-Bennema, R, La composición de palabras en Romance I, guest lecture, Universidad del Païs Vasco, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 16 March. [invited]
  • Bok-Bennema, R, La composición de palabras en Romance II, guest lecture, Universidad del Païs Vasco, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 16 March. [invited]
  • Bok-Bennema, R, Does French have Manner Adverb Climbing? Cinquième Colloque de Linguistique Romane, RuG, Groningen, 9 September.
  • Bok-Bennema, R, On Romance NN compounding and related issues, Lezingencyclus Sonderforschungsbereich 182, Theorie des Lexikons, BUGH, Wuppertal, 27 November. [invited]
  • Bok-Bennema, R, Remnant VP movement in Spanish, Going Romance 1998, RUU, Utrecht, 11 December.
  • Haan, G J de, Coordination, subordination, and result clauses, P.D. Rijkhoek Symposium, University of Groningen, 1 December. [invited]
  • Kampers-Manhe, B A A, Le comportement syntaxique des adverbes de manière, Cinquième colloque de linguistique romane: `la modification adverbiale dans les langues romanes', RuG, Groningen, 11 September.
  • Schürcks-Grozeva, L, Pronominal Clitics in Bulgarian, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 5 May.
  • Schürcks-Grozeva, L, Head-adjunction and Clitics in Bulgarian, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, 26 October
  • Schürcks-Grozeva, L, Computers and Humans as Language Instructors, MPI, Berlin, Germany, 29 November.
  • Wiegel, J K, Binding and Morphology, P.D. Rijkhoek Symposium, University of Groningen, 1 December. [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W, Verb Movement in Bantu Relative Clauses, TIN-dag, Utrecht, 17 January.
  • Zwart, C J W, Verb Second between Syntax and Phonology, V2-workshop, HIL/University of Amsterdam, 28 January. [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W, Imperativus-pro-infinitivo en de analyse van Verb Second-verschijnselen, Taalkundich Wurkferbân, Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert (Leeuwarden), 31 January. [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W, The Middle Construction in Dutch, Taalkundig Colloquium, University of Groningen, 15 May. [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W, Swahili Relatives, Relative Festival, HIL/University of Leiden, 12 June. [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W and G vanden Wyngaerd, Merging Antecedent-Contained Deletion, TABU-dag, University of Groningen, 19 June.
  • Zwart, C J W, A Dynamic Theory of Binding, Western Conference of Linguistics, Arizona State, University, Tempe, Arizona, 9 October.
  • Zwart, C J W, The Status of PRO, Tübingen-Groningen Meeting, University of Tübingen, 28 November. [invited]

Other research activities

dr. R. Bok-Bennema

  • member of the theme group An Encyclopedia of Syntactic Case Studies/Syncom, project leaders: prof.dr. H. van Riemsdijk (KUB) and dr. M. Everaert (Utrecht)
  • member of the core group of Going Romance
  • co-editor of PROBUS (edition Going Romance 1997; to appear in 1999; Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin)

prof.dr. G.J. de Haan

  • scientific director of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen
  • editor of Us Wurk
  • member of the editorial board of TABU
  • chair of the advisory committee of the Bureau Groninger Taal en Cultuur

dr. B. Kampers-Manhe

  • member of the core group of Going Romance
  • co-editor of PROBUS (edition Going Romance 1997; to appear in 1999; Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin)

prof.dr. J. Koster

  • editor of Studies in Generative Grammar (Mouton/De Gruyter)
  • member of the Verkenningscommissie Geesteswetenschappen (KNAW)
  • member of the editorial board of Language Acquisition
  • member advisory board of A Modern Grammar of Dutch

dr. C.J.W. Zwart

  • editor of the Germanic Generative Syntax Newsletter
  • conference reports and announcements editor of Glot International
  • member of the editorial board of Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today (John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia)
  • member of the editorial board of the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics
  • member of the editorial board of Glot International
  • member of the editorial board of Syntax
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