Leaders : Katharina Haude, Tatiana Nikitina

Based on discourse corpora of genealogically and typologically distinct languages, we investigate the grammatical constructions that speakers actually use when describing events – in particular, events involving two or more participants – in a larger context.  This includes the analysis of verbal voice alternations, the ways in which event participants are referred to (or not), and the linear order of clausal constituents. Particular attention will be paid to factors such as animacy, definiteness, and different types of topicality of discourse referents, as well as to the employment of verbal categories (voice, aspect) used to direct the hearer’s attention.