Leibniz Prize 2014

The 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.

Principal Investigators
Alexiadou, Artemis Prof. Dr. (Details) (English Linguistics)

Duration of Project
Start date: 10/2015
End date: 10/2022

Research Areas

Research Areas
moderne Grammatiktheorie


Kastner, Itamar. 2019. Inchoatives in causative clothing: Change of state in Modern Hebrew heXYiZ. The Linguistic Review.


Blanco-Elorrieta, Esti, Itamar Kastner, Karen Emmorey & Liina Pylkkänen. 2018. Shared neural correlates for building phrases in signed and spoken language. Scientific Reports.

Kastner, Itamar. 2018. Templatic morphology as an emergent property: Roots and functional heads in Hebrew. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Kastner, Itamar, Liina Pylkkänen & Alec Marantz. 2018. The form of morphemes: MEG evidence from masked priming of two Hebrew templates. Frontiers in Psychology.


Kastner, Itamar. 2017. Reflexive verbs in Hebrew: Deep unaccusativity meets lexical semantics. Glossa: A journal of general linguistics.

Kastner, Itamar & Frans Adriaans. 2017. Linguistic Constraints on Statistical Word Segmentation: The Role of Consonants in Arabic and English. Cognitive Science.

Kastner, Itamar & Vera Zu. 2017. Blocking and paradigm gaps. Morphology.

Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Dimitra, Linnaea Stockall & Napoleon Katsos. 2017. A new look at the 'Generic Overgeneralisation' effect. Inquiry.

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