Doreen Georgi

About me

I am a Professor of Linguistics, specializing in "Variation and Variability in morphosyntactic/morphological systems", at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam, and a member of the The Potsdam Morpho-Syntax Lab. I received my PhD in 2014 from Leipzig University. Before coming to Potsdam as an assistant professor in 2016, I spent the academic year 2015/16 as a maître de conférence at the ENS, Institut Jean Nicod in Paris. I study the syntactic and morphological properties of language from a cross-linguistic perspective with a focus on non-Indo-European languages in order to uncover the limits of variability in language ((im)possible patterns, parameters of variation). My major aim is to use empirical observations to understand the structural aspects of the grammar of human language and to advance formal theories of grammar. I have been the speaker of the Collaborative Research Center 1287 The Limits of Variability in Language: Cognitive, Computational, and Grammatical Aspects since October 2022. How to pronounce my name: /do.'ʁeːn ge.'ʔɔɐ.gi/.

Areas of interest:

  • case and agreement (differential argument encoding, case stacking, scale effects, syncretism, portmanteaux, syntactic vs. semantic agreement)
  • dependency formation (movement vs. base-generation vs. prolepsis, postsyntactic operations)
  • locality (long movement, switch reference, non-local case assignment, reflexes of movement, resumption, islands)
  • extraction asymmetries (sharing constructions such as ATB-movement, subjects vs. non-subjects)
  • NP-syntax (possession, DP vs. NP)
  • grammatical function changing (possessor raising, inverse, passive)
  • the nature and interaction of elementary morphosyntactic operations (rule ordering, derivation vs. representation)


The Potsdam Morpho-Syntax Lab

Current members (affiliated with the morphology chair, Doreen Georgi - see the lab website for a list of all members)
- Dr. Aron Finholt (Postdoc since 01/2024)
- Arsène Kengne Cenny (PhD student since 05/2017, 1st supervisor)
- Dr. Andrew Murphy (Postdoc, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow since 10/2023)
- Johannes Rothert (PhD student in project C05 of the - CRC 1287 since 08/2021, 1st supervisor)
- Timea Szarvas (PhD student in project C05 of the - CRC 1287 since 02/2021, 1st supervisor)
- Dr. Stanislao Zompí (Postdoc since 01/2024)

Former members
- Maximilian Wiesner
(PhD student, 09/2022-03/2024)
- Dr. Astrid van Alem (Postdoc/research associate, 05/2021-08/2023)
- Dr. Johannes Hein (Postdoc in project C05 of the - CRC 1287, 07/2017-12/2020)
- Dr. Mary Amaechi (PhD student, 05/2017-08/2020, 1st supervisor)


  • 2 DFG-funded projects:

  • New papers:
    • Georgi, Doreen, Andrew Murphy, Johannes Rothert & Timea Szarvas (2024): Find the gap: Diagnosing syntactic structure in ATB and RNR constructions. To appear in Proceedings of CLS 60.
    • Georgi, Doreen & Mary Amaechi (2024): New evidence for an anti-locality component in movement dependencies: subject (sub)extraction in Igbo. To appear in Proceedings of NELS 54.
    • Amaechi, Mary & Doreen Georgi (2024). The that-trace effect - a surface or deep island phenomenon? Evidence from resumption in Igbo. Submitted to Languages, Special Issue Escaping African "Islands"; guest editor: Jason Kandybowicz.
    • Georgi, Doreen and Mary Amaechi (2022): Resumption in Igbo: two types of resumptives, complex phi-mismatches, and dynamic deletion domains. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
    • Salzmann, Martin, Marta Wierzba and Doreen Georgi (2022): Condition C in German A'-movement: Tackling challenges in experimental research on reconstruction. Journal of Linguistics, pp. 1-46, doi:10.1017/S0022226722000214.

  • recent events: The SFB 1287 at the University of Potsdam hosted the 2024 edition of Linguistic Evidence from February 22-23, 2024. For more information, consult the LE website.


Universität Potsdam
Department Linguistik
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25
14476 Potsdam, Germany

office: II.14 3.33 (campus Golm, house 14, room 3.33)
phone: +49 331 977 2968
email: doreen.georgi[at]

assistant: Rebecca Ponick (rebecca.ponick[at]