The aim of this project is to develop principled analyses of four aspects of Korean jussive clauses: (i) the precise semantic formalization of the pragmatic information encoded by jussive particles; (ii) mapping of the pragmatic information onto syntax and the embeddability of jussive clauses; explaining how (iii) negative and (iv) coordinated jussive clauses behave differently from other types of clauses.
Genericity: Variation in syntax, interpretation and lexical aspects Ghent University
The project focusses on the semantics and syntax of generic sentences. A number of corpus- and questionnairestudies are carried out to shed light on the variation in Dutch with regard to the use and interpretation of different types of nominal constituents in a number of syntactic positions in generic sentences.
The interface between information structure, syntax and Ghent University
The proposed PhD Project aims at studying Information Structure (IS) of Kikongo. Such study is unprecedented for a western Bantu language. The research is both descriptive and comparative, since IS of different Kikongo languages will be compared. Moreover, a historical dimension will be added through the integration of the oldest remaining written Bantu sources (17th century), which are in Kikongo.
Semantics and syntax of the verb sentir: a comparative Romance study Ghent University
This project fits within the research into the possibly universal polysemy of perception verbs, but concentrates especially on a very complex but neglected element. More particularly, the project aims at the systematic analysis of the semantic and syntactic characteristics of sentir in Spanish and in comparative perspective with other Romance languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan).
A contrastive study of evidential verbs of appearance in English and Dutch: Probing the syntax-semantics interface by means of a corpus-based investigation of SEEM/APPEAR/TURN OUT and LIJKEN/SCHIJNEN/BLIJKEN-constructions Ghent University
This project consists in a contrastive study of English and Dutch verbs of appearance, which may serve an evidential function. Adopting a Construction Grammar and grammaticalization theory approach, the project seeks to explore the syntax-semantics interface and to position the constructions on a cline from lexical to grammatical. The constructionsU+2019 functions will be characterized in terms of epistemic modality, evidentiality and ...
Aspects of the diachronic Morphsyntax of the Germanic Nominal Domain: From Proto-Germanic to its daughters Ghent University
The project investigates two main aspects of the diachronic development of the Germanic noun phrase. The first concerns the NP/DP parameter and how the determiner system influences clausal syntax. The second concerns the nanosyntax of the proximal demonstrative ('this' < 'that' + 'see'). Empirical data is drawn from the runic inscriptions, Old Norse, Old English, Old High German, and Gothic.
Duplication processes in Lusoga morphosyntax Ghent University
Lusoga has a form of nouns and verbs involving duplication of the root. For example, there are two copies of the verb root -w- U+2018giveU+2019 in the sentence a-lii-ku-w-a bu-w-e U+2018he is just giving youU+2019. The duplicated constructions of Lusoga are noteworthy in part because of their apparent complexity: the two halves of the duplicated verb have different prefixes a-lii-ku- vs bu- and suffixes -a vs -e. Duplication of nouns and ...
Imperatives like Go away! or Don't touch that! are the linguistic expressions that humans use to get other humans to do, or not do, certain things (like going away or not touching something). Although imperatives are very prominent in child-directed speech, research to date has not systematically probed their significance for language acquisition. This project will address this gap in the literature, by conducting an empirically based ...