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.

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