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Multi-headedness in cross-categorial perspective – The syntax and semantics of referents and events

University of Cologne (UoC) Postdoc Grant, Excellency Initiative

This project is funded by a UoC PostDoc Grant, one of the funding lines of the Excellence Initiative at the University of Cologne. The aim of this project is to investigate complex nominal and verbal expressions which are a-hierarchical (or "multi-headed") in a semantic and syntactic sense to a far reaching extent. We take a cross-categorial, comparative approach in order to enquire into similarities and differences of a-hierarchicality in the nominal and verbal domain. The languages under investigation are Vedic Sanskrit where we look at complex nominal expressions, and the Austronesian language Wooi (which is being documented in another project at Cologne), where we examine serial verb constructions.