Wednesday, 24th Feburary 2016

14:00 – 15:00
Maria Polinsky

The relationship between theoretical and empirical syntax
Abstract & Presentation

15:00 – 16:00
Patrick Brandt and Petra Schumacher

Effects of repairing illegal argument structures
Abstract & Presentation

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30
Nino Grillo, Berit Gehrke, Nils Hirsch, Caterina Paolazzi, and Andrea Santi

It’s all about verb-type: Passives are not inherently more complex than actives
Abstract & Presentation

17:30 – 18:00
Patricia Irwin

Discourse and unaccusativity: Quantitative effects of a structural phenomenon
Abstract & Presentation

18:00 – 18:30
Dmitry Ganenkov

Relativization in two morphologically ergative languages: a corpus study
Abstract & Presentation

Thursday, 25th Feburary 2016

9:00 – 10:00
Isabel Oltra-Massuet, V. Sharpe, K. Neophytou, and Alec Marantz

Syntactic priming as a test of argument structure: A self-paced reading experiment
Abstract & Presentation

10:00 – 11:00
Linnaea Stockall, Christina Manouilidou, Laura Gwilliams, Alec Marantz

Un/Re-packing argument and event structure restrictions on prefixation: MEG evidence
Abstract & Presentation

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30
Paul Kiparsky

On the syntax and argument structure of agent nouns

12:30 – 13:00
Nils Hirsch

Groups of object experiencer (ObjExp) verbs in German — empirically revisited
Abstract & Presentation

Friday, 26th Feburary 2016

11:30 – 12:30
Helen de Hoop

Grammar under pressure: the case of subject hun 'them' in Dutch

12:30 – 13:00
Anna Czypionka and Carsten Eulitz

Case marking affects the processing of animacy with simple verbs, but not particle verbs: An event-related potential study
Abstract & Presentation

13:00 – 13:30
Sandra Pappert, Michael Baumann, and Thomas Pechmann

The issue of lexical guidance in sentence production: Evidence from structural priming experiments
Abstract & Presentation

13:30 – 14:00
Jeannique Darby

Assessing agentivity and eventivity in object-experiencer verbs: the role of processing
Abstract & Presentation

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For details about other sessions etc., visit the DGfS 2016 conference website.


This workshop brings together theoretical linguists, corpus linguists, and psycholinguists that are interested in the syntax of argument structure and employ precise empirical methods in building theories thereof.


24th Feburary
2pm – 6.30pm

25th Feburary
9am – 1pm

26th Feburary
11.30am – 2pm


  • relation of empirical methods and theoretical advancements
  • significance of insights from corpus and experimental data
  • distinguishing grammatically relevant information and grammar-external variation
  • core grammatical properties vs. linguistic properties attributed to processing