Sonderforschungsbereich 732:

Publications B6

Underspecification in Voice systems and the syntax-morphology interface

The Corpus of Modern Greek Deponent Verbs

We currently work on the Deponent verbs in Modern Greek. For this purpose we compiled the Corpus of Deponent Verbs. Deponents are defined here as verbs that appear in the Non-Active-form only (i.e. they lack Active counterparts), regardless of their semantics and syntax (i.e. whether they are transitive or intransitive, or have an active or experiencer meaning). Six different dictionaries of MG have been examined comparatively in order to select the corpus of MG deponents. Data have been further compared with native speakers' usage from newspapers, TV series and internet. For further information please see

Zombolou, K. and A. Alexiadou (to appear). The canonical function of deponent verbs in Greek. IN Current Issues in Linguistic Theory. John Benjamins.

If you wish to work with this corpus, we will be happy to share. Please send us an email to katerina.zombolou@ifla.uni-stuttgart.de

under review

Martin, & F. Schäfer (under review). Sublexical modality in defeasible causative verbs. Submitted to Arregui, A., Romero, M.-L. and A. Salanova (eds), Modality across Syntactic Categories, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


to appear

Schäfer, F. & M. Vivanco (to appear). Reflexively marked anticausatives are not semantically reflexive. Proceedings of Going Romance 2013. Enoch Aboh, Aafke Hulk, Jeannette Schaeffer and Petra Sleeman (eds.). 

Martin, F & F. Schäfer (to appear). Causation at the Syntax-Semantics Interface. In Causation in Grammatical Structures, B. Copley & F. Martin (eds.), Oxford University Press.

Spathas, G., A. Alexiadou & F. Schäfer (to appear). Middle Voice and reflexive interpretations: afto-prefixation in Greek. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Alexiadou, A., Anagnostopoulou, E. & F. Schaefer (to appear). External arguments in transitivity alternations: a layering approach. Oxford University Press.

Alexiadou, Artemis, Elena Anagnostopoulou & Christina Sevdali. (to appear a). Opaque and transparent datives, and how they behave in passives. The  Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics.

Alexiadou, A. & F. Schaefer. (to appear). Towards a non-uniform analysis of naturally reflexive verbs. In Proceedings of WCCFL 31.

Alexiadou, A., Cano, M., Iordachioaia, G., Martin, F. & F. Schaefer (to appear). Direct participation effects in derived nominals. In Proceedings of CLS 48.

Alexiadou, Artemis, Elena Anagnostopoulou & Christina Sevdali (to appear). Patterns of Dative-Nominative AlternationsProceedings of NELS 41.

Pitteroff, M. & F. Schaefer. (to appear). The argument structure of reflexively marked anticausatives and middles: Evidence from datives. In Proceedings of NELS 43.

Spathas, G. (to appear). Two degrees of association with focus: evidence from intensifiers and reflexivizers. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, Paris, France.



Martin, F & F. Schäfer (2014). Anticausatives compete but do not differ in meaning: a French case study. Proceedings of Congres Mondial de Linguistique Francaise 2014. FU Berlin.

Alexiadou, A. & Gianina Iordachioaia. 2014. The psych causative alternation. Lingua 148: 53-79.

Alexiadou, A., E. Anagnostopoulou & C. Sevdali. (2014). Opaque and transparent datives, and how they behave in passives. The  Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 17: 1-34.

Alexiadou, A. (2014). The problem with internally caused change-of-state verbs.Linguistics 52.4: 879-910.

Alexiadou, A. Gehrke, B. & F. Schäfer. (2014). The argument atrcuture of adjectival passives revisited. Lingua 149: 118-138

Spathas, G. (2014). Disentangling own: evidence from association with focus. In Todd Snider, D'Antonio, Sarah and Wiegand, Mia (editors), Proceedings of SALT 24, 271-289. CLC Publications, Cornell University, Ithaca: NY.

Alexiadou, A., Borer, H. & F. Schaefer (eds.) (2014). The Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax. Oxford University Press.

Alexiadou, A. (2014). Roots in transitivity alternations: afto/auto reflexives. In A. Alexiadou, H. Borer & F. Schäfer (eds.) The syntax of roots and the roots of syntax. Oxford University Press. 57-80.

Alexiadou, A., F. Schäfer & G. Spathas. (2014). Delimiting Voice in Germanic: on object drop and naturally reflexive verbs. In Jyoti Iyer and Kusmer, Leland (editors), Proceedings of NELS 44, 1-14. GLSA Publications, Amherst. 

Alexiadou, A., Cano, M., Iordachioaia, G., Martin, F. & F. Schaefer (2014). The syntax of external arguments in derived nominals. Submitted to a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics.

Pitteroff, Marcel & Cinzia Campanini (2014). Variation in Analytic Causative Constructions: A view on German and Romance. In The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics: 16.2. 209-230.    

Zombolou, K. & A. Alexiadou. (2014). The canonical function of deponent verbs. In F. Rainer & al. (eds.) Morphology and meaning. John Benjamins 331-343.


Alexiadou & Anagnostopoulou. 2013. Manner vs. result complementarity in verbal alternations: a view from the clear alternation. Proceedings of NELS 42. 39-52.

Alexiadou, Artemis, Elena Anagnostopoulou & Christina Sevdali. (2013). Dative nominative alternations in Germanic languages: a generative perspective. Lingue e Linguaggi.

Alexiadou, A., Cano, M., Iord?chioaia, G., Martin, F. & F. Schaefer 2013. 'Direct participation' and 'agent exclusivity' effects in derived nominals and beyond. In Categorization and Category Change in Morphology, G. Iordachioaia, I. Roy, K. Takamine (eds.), Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Alexiadou, A. & F. Schaefer (eds.) (2013). Non-canonical Passives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Alexiadou, A. & F. Schaefer (2013). Non-canonical passives. Introduction to 'Non-canonical passives', A. Alexiadou & F. Schäfer (eds.), Amsterdam, John Benjamins.

Campanini, Cinzia & Marcel Pitteroff (2013). Analytic Causatives - A German-Italian Comparative Approach. In: Proceedings of ConSOLE XX, Enrico Boone, Martin Kohlberger & Maartje Schulpen (eds.), 45-70.

Martin, F. & F. Schaefer (2013). On the argument structure of verbs with bi- and mono-eventive uses. Proceedings of NELS 42, S. Keine & S. Sloggett (eds.). Amherst, MA: GLSA.

Schaefer, F. (2013). Passives of Reflexive Verbs: The Repair of a Principle A Violation. In Repairs: The added value of being wrong. P. Brandt & E. Fuss (eds.), Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Schaefer, F. (2013). On Passives of Reflexive Verbs and the Nature of (Natural) Reflexivity. Proceedings of NELS 41. Y. Fainleib, N. LaCara & Y. Park (eds.). Amherst, MA: GLSA.

Spathas, G. (2013). Reflexive anaphors and association with focus. In Todd Snider (ed.), Proceedings of SALT23: 376-393. CLC Publications, Cornell University, Ithaca: NY.


Alexiadou, A. (2012).  Non-canonical passives revisited: parameters of non-active Voice. Linguistics 50: 1079-1110.

Alexiadou, A. & E. Doron (2012). The syntactic construction of two non-active Voices: passive and middle. Journal of Linguistics 48: 1-34.

Pitteroff, M. & A. Alexiadou (2012). The Properties of German sl-middles. In Proceedings of WCCFL 29. Cascadilla Press, 214-222.

Schaefer, F. (2012). The passive of reflexive verbs and its implications for theories of binding and caseJournal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 15:3, 213-268.

Schaefer, F. (2012). Local Case, Cyclic Agree and the Syntax of truly Ergative Verbs. In Local Modelling of Non-Local Dependencies in Syntax,  A. Alexiadou, T. Kiss & G. Müller (eds.), Linguistische Arbeiten, Niemeyer.

Schaefer, F. (2012). Two types of external argument licensing - the case of causers. Studia Linguistica 66(2), 128-180.

Alexiadou, A. & F. Schaefer (2012). There-insertion and the unaccusativity hypothesis. In Universals and Variation - Proceedings of Glow-in-Asia VIII, ed. Gao Ming-le. Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 76-79.

Schaefer, F. (2012). Naturally atomic er-nominalizations. Recherches linguistiques de Vincennes 40, 149-174.

Martin, F. & F. Schaefer (2012). The modality of 'offer' and other prospective verbsProceedings of WCCFL 30, eds. N. Arnett & R. Bennett, Cascadilla Press.


Spathas, G. (2011). Focus on Reflexive Anaphors. In D.Lutz and N.Li (editors), Proceedings of the Semantics and Linguistic Theory XX, CLC Publications, Cornell.

Alexiadou, A. & F. Schaefer (2011). An unaccusativity diagnostic at the Syntax-Semantics interface: there-insertion, indefinites and restitutive again. In I. Reich et al. (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn & Bedeutung 15, Saarland University Press.

Alexiadou, A. & F. Schaefer (2011). There-insertion: an unaccusativity mismatch at the syntax-semantics interface. Online Proceedings of WCCFL XXVIII.

Campanini, Cinzia (2011). Optional Si/Se constructions in Romance". In Proceedings of the 2nd Patras Conference of Graduate Students in Linguistics, Working Papers of the University of Patras, Greece.

Alexiadou, Artemis (2011)  Post-verbal nominatives: an unaccusativity diagnostic under scrutiny. In R. Folli & C. Ulbrich (eds.) Interfaces in Linguistics: New Research Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 56-77.

Stavrakaki, Stavroula, Artemis Alexiadou, Maria Kambanaros, Sevasti Bostantjopoulou & Zoe Katsarou (2011) Transitive and unaccusative verb in aphasia. Aphasiology 25:1-27.


Alexiadou, A. & F. Schaefer (2010). On the syntax of episodical vs. dispositional -er nominals. In A. Alexiadou & M. Rathert (eds.), Nominalizations across languages and frameworks, 9-38. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Schaefer, F. (2010). On the (in-)dependency of (micro-)parameters. Theoretical Linguistics, 36,1 (77-83).

Spathas, G. (2010). Focus on Anaphora: accent placement and the syntax and semantics of anaphorsLOT Dissertation Series, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Zombolou, K., Varlokosta, S., Alexiadou, A. und Anagnostopoulou, E. (2010). Acquir-ing Anticausatives vs. passives in Greek. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Entwicklung 2009, Cascadilla Press. Boston, USA.

Alexiadou, Artemis (2010) On the morpho-syntax of (anti-)causative verbs. In M. Rappaport Hovav, E. Doron & I. Sichel (eds.) Syntax, Lexical Semantics and Event Structure. Oxford University Press, 177-203.

McFadden, Thomas &  Artemis Alexiadou (2010). Perfects, resultatives, and auxiliaries in Earlier English. Linguistic Inquiry 41: 389-425.