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Annual Report 1999


This research group studies the syntactic structure of the human language capacity and the way it is embedded in our general cognitive capacity. The 1999 - 2003 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 (postdoc), Bok-Bennema, De Haan, Kampers-Manhe, Koster (coordinator), Van Zonneveld, Zwart.

Research Results

In accordance with the 1999 - 2003 program, various approaches were followed, the majority of the research activities directed towards the further development of a paradigm combining elements of Chomsky's minimalism and Kayne's antisymmetry theory. Bok-Bennema's research focused on the Spanish Mittelfeld and the hypothesis that V-movement in Spanish involves remnant VP-movement. Furthermore, she elaborated (with B. Kampers-Manhe) a theory of morphology in which antisymmetric syntactico-semantic structures are mapped onto morpho-phonological adjunction structures, with special attention to Romance compounding. De Haan continued his scientific grammar of Frisian. As a spin-off, he published on the Frisian vowel system and syllabic sonorants. Kampers-Manhe continued her work with Bok-Bennema on Romance compounding (see under Bok-Bennema above). She also collaborated with French and Dutch linguists in a research project called PICS (financed by CNRS and NWO) on the Syntax-Semantics interface (subprojects: adverbs and information structure, more specifically the postposition of the subject in French). Koster developed a theory of Massive Pied Piping and used that to solve the various problems of extraposition and to give a novel account of the word order differences between English and Dutch. Van Zonneveld completed two articles on Gapping, one on Gapping as underspecification and one as a reaction to Van Duinhoven's Gapping as reduction involving comments. Zwart continued his research on the multiple specifier hypothesis, developing empirical arguments against replacing multiple projections by multiple specifiers from the domain of restructuring. He also developed a theory about the limited range of variation in head movement phenomena.

Scholarly Publications

dr. P. Ackema
  • Ackema, P, Issues in Morphosyntax, Linguistik Aktuell, John Benjamins, Amsterdam-Philadelphia, 1999, 312 pp.
  • Ackema, P, The nonuniform structure of Dutch N-V compounds, Yearbook of Morphology, 1998, 1999, pp. 127-158
  • Ackema, P, On the relation between V-to-I and inflectional features, Groninger Arbeiten zur germanischen Linguistik, 42, 1998, pp. 129-153
  • Ackema, P, Does the preverb climb in Hungarian Preverb Climbimg?, in Abraham, W O G (ed), Groninger Arbeiten zur germanistischen Linguistik, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, 1999, pp. 109-138
prof.dr. G.J. de Haan
  • Haan, G J de, Frisian monophthongs and syllable structure, Us Wurk, 48, 1999, pp. 19-30
  • Haan, G J de, A lexical theory of Schwa-deletion, Us Wurk, 48, 1999, pp. 31-49
dr. B.A.A. Kampers-Manhe
  • Kampers-Manhe, B A A, Subjonctif et inversion du sujet, in Sauzet, P (ed), Langues & Grammaire III, Syntaxe, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1999, pp. 79-92
prof.dr. J. Koster
  • Koster, J, The word orders of English and Dutch. Collective vs. individual checking, in Abraham, W O G (ed), Groninger Arbeiten zur germanistischen Linguistik, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, 1999, pp. 1-42
  • Koster, J, De primaire structuur, TABU, 29, 3, 1999, pp. 131-140
dr. R.M. van Zonneveld
  • Zonneveld, R M van, Een nieuwe nevenschikking ontdekt, Nederlandse Taalkunde, 3, 1, 1998, pp. 47-59
  • Zonneveld, R M van, Bastiaanse, Y R M, Finite Verbs in Agrammatism, Brain and Language, 69, 3, 1999, pp. 253-256
  • Zonneveld, R M van, Soorten partikelverplaatsing, TABU, 28, 2, 1998, pp. 57-71
dr. C.J.W. Zwart
  • Zwart, C J W, C-commanderen en de configurationele matrix, Reactie op 'De primaire structuur'van Jan Koster, TABU, 29, 4, 1999, pp. 185-190
  • Zwart, C J W, Object shift with raising verbs, in Abraham, W O G (ed), Groninger Arbeiten zur germanistischen Linguistik, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, 1999, pp. 95-101
  • Zwart, C J W, "Referentie"en de typologie van NP's: de status van PRO, TABU, 29, 2, 1999, pp. 49-66
  • Wyngaerd, G van den, Zwart, C J W, Antecedent-Contained Deletion as Deletion, in Bezooijen, R van, Kager, R (eds), Linguistics in the Netherlands 1999, John Benjamins, Amsterdam-Philadelphia, 1999, pp. 203-216

Other Publications

prof.dr. G.J. de Haan
  • Haan, G J de, Recensie van R. Van Hout en J. Kruijsen (eds), Taalvariaties. Toonzettingen en modulaties op een thema, Dordrecht, Foris Publications, 1996, Driemaandelijkse bladen, 51, 1, 1999, pp. 25-28
dr. B.A.A. Kampers-Manhe
  • Kampers-Manhe, B A A, Recensie van L.Laraire, La Variation modale dans les subordonnées à temps fini du français moderne, Berne, Peter Lang, 377p., Rapport - Het Franse Boek, 49, 1, pp. 54-56
dr. C.J.W. Zwart
  • Zwart, C J W, Doet Diets draai in tot Engels? Over de "verengelsing"van het Nederlands, Ons Erfdeel, 42, 3, pp. 323-335


dr. R. Bok-Bennema
  • Bok-Bennema, R, Verb Movement in Romance Perfective Clauses, Linguistic Colloquium series, University of Utrecht, 28 February [invited]
dr. B.A.A. Kampers-Manhe
  • Kampers-Manhe, B, Hoe uniform is de klasse van manner Adverbs in het Frans? 17e Romaanse Taalkundedag, University of Amsterdam, 5 March
  • Kampers-Manhe, B, La composition en français et en néerlandais, Colloquium "Contrastief onderzoek Nederlands-Frans", University of Leuven, 27 March
prof.dr. J. Koster
  • Koster, J, De Woordvolgorde van het Nederlands en het Engels, Symposium on the occasion of the retirement of Pieter Seuren, University of Nijmegen, 3 July [invited]
  • Koster, J, The Minimal Difference between English and Dutch, Taalkundig Colloquium, University of Groningen, 1 October [invited]
  • Koster, J, Pied Piping and the Word Orders of English and Dutch (poster), The Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 24 October [invited]
  • Koster, J, Taal en Evolutie, Studium Generale, Agricultural University of Wageningen, 11 November [invited]
dr. C.J.W. Zwart
  • Zwart, C J W, Bare Argument Structure and the Syntax of Middles. Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 14, University of Lund, Lund, Zweden. 9 January [invited]
  • Zwart, CJ W (with Guido Vanden Wyngaerd), Antecedent-Contained Deletion as Deletion. Taalkunde in Nederland-dag, Utrecht, 6 February
  • Zwart, C J W, Over de 'verengelsing' van het Nederlands, of: doet Diets draai in tot Engels? Bijeenkomst Orde van den Prince, Groningen, 16 February [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W, Binding and Ellipsis, UIL/OTS Vrijdagmiddaglezing, Universiteit of Utrecht, 23 April [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W, VP-Ellipsis and the Theory of Binding. Kolloquium des Graduiertenkollegs, University of Stuttgart, 6 May [invited]
  • Zwart, C J W, Proving Chomsky 1995: 352 Wrong, TABU-dag, University of Groningen, 18 June
  • Zwart, C J W, Scrambling, Restructuring, and the Multiple Specifier Hypothesis. HIL-Seminar, University of Leiden, 17 November [invited]

Other research activities

dr. R. Bok-Bennema
  • member of the core group of Going Romance.
  • member of the theme group An Encyclopedia of Syntactic Case Studies/Syncom KUB, UU.
dr. B. Kampers-Manhe
  • member of the core group of Going Romance
  • co-editor of PROBUS (edition Going Romance 1998; Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin)
prof.dr. G.J. de Haan
  • member of the advisory committee of Taal, Spraak, en Logica (NWO)
  • chair of the advisory committee of the Bureau Groninger Taal en Cultuur
  • member of the advisory committee of the Grensoverschrijdende Streektalen
  • member of the advisory committee of A Modern grammar of Dutch
  • editor of Us Wurk
  • member of the editorial board of TABU
  • member of the editorial board of GRAMMA/TTT
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 in chief of Germanic Generative Syntax Newsletter, Department of Linguistics, University of Groningen
  • member of the editorial board of Linguistics Today/Linguistik Aktuell, John Benjamins, Amster/Philadelphia
  • member editorial board of Syntax, Blackwell, Oxford
  • member of the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, Kluwer, Dordrecht
  • member of the editorial board of Glot International, Holland Academic Graphics, Den Haag
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