Syntax & Lexicon

Linking simpler to more complex units is a central feature of human languages. The research area Syntax & Lexicon deals with the properties of these connections and investigates the nature and complexity of these connections across languages.

Our research is based on formal theories, but also has applications in mind. For example, an extensive database of clause-embedding predicates in different languages has been created, backed by corpus data. The investigations of the different possibilities of expressing complex ideas by combining words or sentences will be incorporated into the research on comprehensibility and language mixing.