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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities

Research Unit


Artemis Alexiadou

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis 2014


This research group studies the human language faculty within the generative approach. This approach aims to identify the basic elements from which complex structures can be generated. The aim is to develop a general theory that reveals the rules and laws that govern the structure of particular languages, and the general laws and principles governing all natural languages. Generative grammar assumes that there is a dedicated human language ability, Universal Grammar, which is best studied through formalized models and theories. From this perspective, discovering the rules of language tells us something about human cognition.

The primary focus and contribution of my team has been on theoretical modeling, i.e. providing the computational mechanisms that constitute human language. The Leibniz Prize will enable me to combine expertise in theoretical modeling with cutting-edge experimental methodology and work with multilingual speakers. This will be instrumental in testing the efficiency of linguistic models and promoting our understanding of language and cognition.



  • Workshop: SelectionFest 2017

RUESHeL is co-organizing a workshop on selection and embedding, "SelectionFest 2017", to be held on November 10-11, 2017 at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS). Invited speakers: Jane Grimshaw, Keir Moulton, Kerstin Schwabe, Barbara Stiebels and Aaron Steven White. More details here

  • Humboldt-Award: DeMiNes

As part of the German-Mediterranean Network for Linguistics (“DeMiNeS”), RUeSHeL congratulates Prof. Athina Soupi (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) who has been awarded the 2017 Humboldt Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives. [more]

  • Workshop: ENDPOINTS 2018

RUESHeL is happy to announce the workshop: "Endpoints, scales, and results in the decomposition of verbal predicates", which will be held on Januar 30-31, 2018 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This workshop aims to investigate the relation between the notions of ‘endpoint’, ‘scalarity’/ ‘incrementality’, and ‘result state’ in the grammar of verbal predicates. The Call for Papers is open until July 16, 2017. [more]

  • Workshop: 'Multi Verb Constructions: Semantic, Syntactic and Typological Perspectives'

This is a two-day workshop organized by the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft and RUESHeL  to be held on December 7-8 2017 at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. More information and a Call for Papers here.