Project management

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Verhoeven

Research Assistant

Anne Temme

Student Assistant

Nóra Hausel

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Below you can find current papers and presentations resulting from the experiencer project.



Temme, Anne & Elisabeth Verhoeven. 2014. Backward Binding as a Psych effect - A binding illusion? Berlin-Stuttgart meeting on Psych verbs. 21th November, Stuttgart. PDF

Verhoeven, Elisabeth (2014). Verb class effects on word order. Evidence from corpora. Berlin-Stuttgart meeting on Psych verb. 21th November, Stuttgart. PDF

Verhoeven, Elisabeth. 2014. Thematische Asymmetrien und Argumentlinearisierung: Eine Korpusstudie zum Deutschen. Talk. 5th June, University of Vienna.

Verhoeven, Elisabeth. 2014. The impact of referential and thematic properties on argument realization: A comparative corpus study in German and Chinese. International Colloquium on Referentiality. 21st – 22nd February, Erfurt: University of Erfurt

Temme, Anne & Elisabeth Verhoeven. 2014. Experiencers from different perspectives: Comparing scalar and binary judgments. Linguistic Evidence. 13th - 15th February, Tübingen: Eberhard Karls University. PDF


Temme, Anne & Elisabeth Verhoeven. submitted. Clitic-left dislocation vs. scrambling: Comparing the linearization properties of German and Greek experiencer verbs. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Greek Linguistics, Rhodes: University of the Aegean. PDF

Temme, Anne & Elisabeth Verhoeven. 2015. Verb class, case, and order: A cross-linguistic experiment on non-nominative experiencers. Linguistics (accepted). PDF

Verhoeven, Elisabeth. 2015. Thematic asymmetries do matter! Verb class effects on word order in German corpora. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 27.1. 45-104. PDF

Verhoeven, Elisabeth. 2014. Thematic prominence and animacy asymmetries. Evidence from a cross-linguistic production study. Lingua 143. 129-161. PDF

Temme, Anne. 2014. German psych-adjectives. In Machicao y Priemer, A., et. al. (eds.), Zwischen Kern und Peripherie, 131-156. Berlin: de Gruyter.

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New project phase started

The proposal for further project funding was approved by the DFG. The current project phase focuses on typological and theoretical research on psych alternation. More information here.


The experiencer project examines in which way semantic and pragmatic characteristics of prominence influence the structure of experiencer-stimulus constructions.


ICGL 11: submitted
Clitic-left dislocation vs. scrambling

Lingua (2014)
Thematic prominence and animacy asymmetries

Journal of Germanic Linguistics (2014)
Thematic asymmetries do matter!


Experiencers and predicates that select experiencers make up a central field of phenomena of theoretical linguistics, as they trigger effects that are located outside of the standard behavior of canonical (non-experimental) structures.