E3+ – Ergativity, Event Cognition, and Evolution

Asymmetries in event cognition and argument syntax (SNSF Project)

What are the mechanisms, the distributional effects, and the evolutionary roots of the subject and agent preference?

  • Contact: Sebastian Sauppe

  • Team: Sebastian Sauppe, Caroline Andrews, Vanessa Wilson, Aitor Egurtzegi, Arrate Isasi-Isasmendi, Balthasar Bickel, NN

  • Local Partners: Martin Meyer, Klaus Zuberbühler, Sabine Stoll, Moritz Daum

Selected publications:

Bickel, B., A. Witzlack-Makarevich, K. K. Choudhary, M. Schlesewsky & I. Bornkessel-Schlesewsky. 2015. The neurophysiology of language processing shapes the evolution of grammar: evidence from case marking. PLoS ONE 10. e0132819.

Bickel, B., T. Zakharko, L. Bierkandt & A. Witzlack-Makarevich. 2014. Semantic role clustering: an empirical assessments of semantic role types in non-default case assignment. Studies in Language 38. 485 – 511

Wang, L., M. Schlesewsky, B. Bickel & I. Bornkessel-Schlesewsky. 2009. Exploring the nature of the ‘subject’-preference: evidence from the online comprehension of simple sentences in Mandarin Chinese. Language and Cognitive Processes 24. 1180–1226.