Franca Wesseling MA
F.Wesseling@uu.nl
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All publications
  2015 - Lectures
F. Wesseling (05.10.2015). Agree is fallible, EPP is not: Investigating EPP effects in Dutch. Utrecht Syntax Interface Meetings.
F. Wesseling (22.09.2015). Agree is fallible, EPP is not: Investigating EPP effects in Dutch . TbiLLC 2015.
F. Wesseling (07.02.2015). Cross-Germanic variation in wh-questions. TiN-dag 2015.
F. Wesseling (07.02.2015). Synchronic variation of er in wh-subject questions . TiN-dag 2015.
F. Wesseling (22.01.2015). Variation in the distribution of er in present-day Dutch wh-questions. NoSLiP Conference.
  2015 - Paper
Klockmann, H.E., van Urk, Coppe & Wesseling, F. (2015). Agree is fallible, EPP is not: Investigating EPP effects in Dutch.
Klockmann, H.E., van Urk, Coppe & Wesseling, F. (2015). Agree is fallible, EPP is not: Investigating EPP effects in Dutch.
Klockmann, H.E. & Wesseling, F. (2015). Variation in the distribution of er in present-day Dutch wh-questions.
Klockmann, H.E. & Wesseling, F. (2015). Variation in the distribution of er in present-day Dutch wh-questions.
  2014 - Lectures
F. Wesseling (06.06.2014). De functie van er in vraagwoordzinnen in het Nederlands. Morfosyntactische taalvariatie in het Nederlands en het Fries.
F. Wesseling (01.02.2014). Wat doet dat er toe? In search of the function of er in Dutch. TiN-dag 2014.
  2013 - Lectures
F. Wesseling (09.02.2013). That-trace effects in Dutch as Stylistic Fronting?. Utrecht, TIN Dag.
  2012 - Lectures
F. Wesseling (21.05.2012). Connecting Corpora and ISOcat. Istanbul, LREC 2012.
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Completed projects

Project:
The uniformity of linguistic variation: subject-predicate relations 01.09.2011 to 01.09.2016
General project description

Although the languages of the world may appear incredibly diverse to a casual observer, a closer look reveals that they are remarkably similar at the deeper level of grammar. Compared to the infinite variety of how languages could construct their sentences, the underlying syntax tends to cluster in limited areas of the available space of possibilities. This underlying sameness has led to the concept of Universal Grammar (UG), a set of grammatical properties underlying all languages. UG consists of properties which are invariably the same for each language, Principles. Other properties, Parameters, have to be set in one of a limited number of ways. Since the set of parameters and the range of options to fix them are restricted in the same way for all languages, variation between languages is also systematically limited.


This project focuses on one of the core issues in linguistic variation research: the question of whether macrovariation (variation between unrelated languages, e.g. Japanese vs. Swahili), microvariation (variation between related languages/dialects, e.g. Norwegian vs. Icelandic) and diachronic change (variation between diachronic stages of a language Middle Dutch vs. Old Dutch) can be reduced to the same parameters.


      The specific research topic of this project is the variation in the expression of subject-predicate relations, a core relation in human language. In a sentence such as He dances, the predicate dance describes a property of the subject He. Surprisingly, languages differ in their expression of this basic relation. Even more surprising is that the Dutch languages (including Dutch dialects, Frisian, Negerhollands and Afrikaans) show a similar range of variation in this area, both synchronically and diachronically.


The project aims to investigate whether these surface similarities between macrovariation, synchronic and diachronic microvariation are also present on a deeper level of grammar. 

 
Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
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Currently Franca Wesseling MA teaches the following course(s):
CodeDescriptionF/PLevelECTS
NE1V13002 Ned-Taal, mens en maatschappij V 1 7.5
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F. Wesseling MA Contact details
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Room 2.24 A
3512 JK  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 8218
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3512 JK    UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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