A7: Focus and Extraction in Complex Constructions and Islands

The project investigates the role of focus and givenness in extraction out of island configurations (ICs) and other complex constructions (CCs), which are frequently judged to be marked or ungrammatical (Freezing Effect). In project phases I and II, the project investigated extraction from focus constructions and identified factors that play a role in resistance to extraction, and information-structurally (InfS) controlled contexts that improve these constructions. Based on these results, we now extend its empirical coverage to ICs and CCs and investigate the InfS conditions on extraction and the degree of context adaptivity determined by the specific weight of construction-specific and InfS complexity factors.

 

Principal Investigator:

Prof. Dr. Suanne Winkler

Englisches Seminar
Universität Tübingen
Wilhelmstr. 50
72074 Tübingen
Germany

Phone: +49 7071 29-78451
Fax: +49 7071 35040
Mail: susanne.winkler[at]uni-tuebingen.de

  

Staff:

Marion Jäger, M.A. (née Knecht) Dr. Andreas Konietzko
Sonderforschungsbereich 833
Nauklerstr. 35 / 3.07
72074 Tübingen

Tel.: 07071 29-77158
E-Mail:
marion.jaeger[at]uni-tuebingen.de
Sonderforschungsbereich 833
Nauklerstr. 35 / 3.07
72074 Tübingen

Tel.: 07071 29-78455
E-Mail:
andreas.konietzko[at]uni-tuebingen.de
Andreas Kehl, M.A.
Sonderforschungsbereich 833
Nauklerstr. 35 / 3.07
72074 Tübingen

Tel.: 07071 29-77158
E-Mail:
andreas.kehl[at]uni-tuebingen.de

 

Student Assistants

Kim Bökenheide                  Alvaro Cortés Rodríguez, B.A.
Sonja Frank Lorenz Geiger, B.A.           
Valentina Mayer, B.A. Alina Miller, B.A.
Jens Seifert Evelyn Sürer
Lioba Vey  

 

Associate Members:

Katerina Magdou, M.A. Bettina Remmele, M.A.             

 

Former principle investigator in project phase II (2013-2017):

PD Dr. Jutta Hartmann