Research topics

The project Borrowing of Argument Structure in Contact Situations (BASICS), which has been funded by the DFG since 2015, investigates grammatical change in the medieval language contact situation between English and French, which arose after the Norman Conquest (1066 until ca 1500).
Under the assumption that the massive copying of French verbs led to change in the argument structural system of English, we investigate French influence on semantic verb classes and syntactic constructions.

Currently, we are working on a project which investigates the hitherto unexplored interface between language acquisition and change by way of creating a multidiscplinary research team of experts from historical linguistics and psycholinguistics whose aim is to closely collaborate methodologically as well as theoretically.

The project Phrasal compounds from a typological and theoretical perspective deals with the cross-linguistic description of phrasal compounding and with theoretically modelling the phenomenon. Results of workshops held in 2013 and 2015 were published in a special edition of STUF and with Language Science Press, respectively (in cooperation with Jaklin Kornfilt).



Borrowing of Argument Structure in Contact Situations


Language Mixing in Medieval England (A IV)

Historical documents as a touchstone for modern code-switching models


Anglistik IV