Adverbials as Non-Canonical Adjuncts

Project details

  • Full title: Adverbial clauses as non-canonical adjuncts
  • Subject area: Humanities
  • Funding institution: Daimler and Benz Foundation
  • Funding period: 05/2019 – 05/2021
  • Project lead: Łukasz Jędrzejowski, University of Cologne, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of German Language und Literature I – Linguistics
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Project description

Following traditional grammar descriptions, three differents types of dependent clauses have been distinguished: i) complement clauses, ii) adverbial clauses, and iii) relative clauses. The main goal of this project is to investigate adverbial clauses both from a synchronic and diachronic perspective; not only to deepen our understanding of particular adverbial clause types, but also to provide novel insights into how subordination pattern work, come into being and develop. The project intends to pursue a new line of research by examining two patterns of adverbial clauses that have not received much attention in the literature: i) adverbial clauses having a complement clause shape (cf. Legate 2010) and ii) adverbial clauses modifying DPs and behaving like relative clauses (cf. Lasersohn 1996).


  • Lasersohn, Peter (1996): Adnominal conditionals. Proceedings of SALT 6: 154-166.
  • Legate, Julie (2010): On how how is used instead of that. NLLT 28(1): 121-134.

Project members

Name: Simone Hess

Position: student assistant

Languages: Luxembourgish, German


Name: Łukasz Jędrzejowski

Position: project leader

Languages: (older) Germanic and Slavic languages


Name: Paula Kleine

Position: student assistant

Languages: older German (16th-19th cent.)


Name: Lisa Lubomierski

Position: student assistant

Languages: German, Dutch


Name: Jan Miebach

Position: student assistant

Languages: (Swiss-)German, Chinese


Upcoming events

  • Talk, December 2019: Łukasz Jędrzejowski, Zum Status von adverbialen ansonsten-Sätzen, Berlin (Germany) [invited talk] [abstract].
  • Workshop, February 2020: Łukasz Jędrzejowski & Carla Umbach will be organizing a workshop on non-interrogative subordinate wh-clauses at the University of Cologne [link].

Past events

  • Talk, November 2019: Łukasz Jędrzejowski & Jan Miebach, On adverbial ansonsten-clauses, Saarbrücken Roundtable of Dialect Syntax (SaRDiS 2019), Saarland University (Germany).
  • Talk, September 2019: Łukasz Jędrzejowski, Unverhofft kommt oft. Zum Status von Adverbialsätzen im Deutschen. Jahrestreffen der Stipendiaten, Fellows und Alumni der Daimler und Benz Stiftung, Ladenburg (Germany) [picture].
  • Adverbial clauses in the media, August 2019: RTL Lëtzebuerg and Luc Marteling, director of  Zenter fir d’Lëtzebuerger Sprooch, promote the subprojects on the Luxembourgish adverbial syntax [link] [pdf] [tweet].
  • Visiting guest, August 2019: Yoshio Endo from the Kanda University of International Studies (Japan) working on adverbial clauses in Japanese visited the University of Cologne. The main purpose of his visit was to discuss the syntax of non-canonical adverbial clauses across typologically unrelated languages.
  • Talk, July 2019: Łukasz Jędrzejowski, On relative um-zu-clauses in German, workshop ‘Discourse Structure in Contrast’, Ahrweiler (Germany).
  • Workshop, July 2019: Łukasz Jędrzejowski & Constanze Fleczoreck organized a workshop On the Diachrony of Causal Clauses at the 24th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 24) at the Australian National University in Canberra (Australia).
  • Talk, March 2019: Łukasz Jędrzejowski & Jan Miebach, Ansonsten ‘otherwise’ as a complementizer. Its distribution and emergence conditions, 4th workshop “Germanistische Linguistik zwischen Köln und Tokio”, University of Tokyo (Japan).