Research Group


  • Eva van Lier


  • Sune Gregersen
  • Lois Kemp
  • Sterre Leufkens
  • Pegah Faghiri
  • Katherine Walker
  • Jeannette Schaeffer
  • Federico Gobbo
  • Rene Genis
  • Marloes Oomen
  • Monique Flecken
  • Heleen Bos
  • Roland Pfau
  • Jan Hulstijn
  • Hongmei Fang
  • Ewa Zakrzewska
  • Elisabetta Ragagnin
  • Cindy van Boven
  • Jenia Khristoforova
  • Zarina Molochieva
  • Liberty Balanquit

Research Group: Lexical Constraints

The research group is based at the University of Amsterdam with partners at several other universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Members approach the topic of lexical constraints on grammatical relations from varying theoretical, methodological and thematic perspectives, taking into account both signed and spoken languages.

A list of the collaborative sub-groups can be found here.

Upcoming meetings

31st March 2023, 10am

Title tbc. Liberty Balanquit

21st April 2023, 10am

Project introduction. Sune Gregersen

12th May 2023, 10am

Typology of differential argument indexing. Katherine Walker & Eva van Lier

26th May 2023, 10am

Discussion of Communicative Efficiency: Language Structure and Use (Levshina 2022)

9th June 2023, 10am

Title tbc. Sterre Leufkens

23rd June 2023, 10am

Typology of Esperanto. Federico Gobbo

Past meetings

17th March 2023, 10am

Azeri non-verbal predication. Elisabetta Ragagnin

17th February 2023, 10am

Reciprocals in NGT. Cindy van Boven

27th January 2023, 9:30am

Planning meeting

9th December 2022, 10am

Quantifiers in Sakhalin Ainu. Elia Dal Corso.

25th November 2022, 10am

Choice of the classifiers for human(like) referents in several sign languages. Jenia Khristoforova. Slides.

11th November 2022, 10am

Evidential adverbs in English complement clauses. Lois Kemp.

28th October 2022, 10am

Number formation in Filipino Sign Language. Liberty Balanquit. Slides.

14th October 2022, 9:45am

Spontaneous (German) speech errors involving subcategorization mismatches. Roland Pfau. Slides.

30th September2022, 9:45am

Investigating lexical bias in Persian light verb constructions: What can we learn from priming experiments? Pegah Faghiri. Abstract.

16th September 2022, 9:45am

Reported speech in Chechen & Ingush. Zarina Molochieva with Johanna Nichols. Abstract.

3rd June 2022, 10am.

Planning for the next academic year.

13th May 2022, 10am.

Lexical constraints in Chechen (provisional title). Pegah Faghiri, Zarina Molochieva and Eva van Lier. Slides.

22nd April 2022, 10am.

Lexical (and other) constraints on agreement in NGT and Chechen. Jenia Khristoforova & Katherine Walker. Abstract. Slides.

8th April 2022, 10am.

Constraints on Reduplication in NGT. Cindy van Boven. Abstract. Slides.

25th March 2022, 10am.

Light Verbs in Persian. Pegah Faghiri. Slides.

25th February 2022, 10am.

Typological corpus. Sterre Leufkens. Abstract.

11th February 2022, 10am.

Update Vidi project & links with previous presentations. Eva van Lier. Slides.

19th November 2021, 10am.

Differential argument marking in Coptic. Ewa Zakrzewska. Handout.

5th November 2021, 10am.

Verb-bias in Persian light verb constructions. Pegah Faghiri, Monique Flecken and Eva van Lier. Slides.

Light verbs in Azerbaijani. Elisabetta Ragagnin and Lala Shirinova. Slides.

22nd October 2021, 10am.

Passive alternation in Danish. Sune Gregersen. Abstract. Slides.

8th October 2021, 10am.

~No meeting~

24th September 2021, 10am. Hybrid.

Control clause in Russian Sign Language and Sign Language of the Netherlands: a comparative analysis. Jenia Khristoforova. Abstract. Slides.

10th September 2021, 10am. Online.

Weakly grammaticalized auxiliary constructions in Spanish. Hella Olbertz. Abstract. Slides.

4th June 2021, 10am. Online.

Lexical constraints in Kamang (Papuan). Katherine Walker. Slides.

21st May 2021, 10am. Online.

Kick-off meeting