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Research interests

Tabea Ihsane holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Geneva. In 2001-2002, she was a visiting scholar in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) (Cambridge, MA), on a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Tabea’s main expertise lies in the syntax and the syntax-semantics interface of nominal expressions, in a cross-linguistic perspective. Her research interests also include partitivity (du/des and en in French), gender issues (semantic and grammatical gender), selection issues (SNSF research project Selection at the interfaces), the grammar of special registers such as diaries, and the History of English. In the past five years, she investigated several diachronic questions, in particular the loss of verb movement and adverb placement, and the distribution of auxiliaries with respect to adverbs in Middle and Early Modern English, on two projects funded by the SNSF and directed by Eric Haeberli.

In August 2016, she joined (halftime) the URPP Language and Space (directed by Elvira Glaser and Heiko Hausendorf) at the University of Zurich: 

In Zurich, she is a member of the research group SyNoDe (Systems of Nominal Determination in contact, coordinated by Elisabeth Stark), investigating different types of noun phrases, nominal determiners and pronouns (in particular indefinites, partitives and weak definites), with regard to their syntactic distribution and referential properties, possibly as potential results of language contact.

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Research projects (Principal Investigator)

01.2014-07.2017 Project Funding SNSF (#146699). Title: Selection at the interfaces. Team: 1 post-doctoral fellow and 1 doctoral student. External experts: M. den Dikken, L. Haegeman and M. Romero.
09.2001-08.2002 Fellowship for prospective researchers. SNSF (#81GE-064307). Visiting scholar at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, USA.

Organisation of scientific events

09.2017 Co-organisation of the SLE Workshop Bare nouns vs. ‘partitive articles’: disentangling functions. With Elisabeth Stark. University of Zurich.
06.2016 Organisation of the international workshop Clausal and Nominal Complements in Monolingual and Bilingual Grammar. 27-28 June. With Ji Y. Shim and Margherita Pallottino. Funded by the SNSF (#167034), the Faculty of Letters and the Department of Linguistics of the UNIGE.


1. Peer-reviewed articles in international journals

To appear Shim, Ji Y. & Tabea Ihsane. The hidden structure of null complementizers. Proceedings from the 11th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL11). MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.
2016 Finardi, Kyria R. & Tabea Ihsane. Processing form and meaning in L2: evidence from the production of a syntactic construction in L2 speech. Linguagem & Ensino.
2016 Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane. Gender mismatches in partitive constructions in French. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 1.1: 35. 1-25.
2016 Haeberli, Eric & Tabea Ihsane. Revisiting the Loss of Verb Movement in the History of English: Evidence from Adverb Placement. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 34: 497–542.
2015 Shim, Ji Y. & Tabea Ihsane. Facts: The interplay between the matrix predicate and its clausal complement. In Alison Biggs, Man Li, Aiqing Wang & Cong Zhang (eds), Newcastle and Northumbria Working Papers in Linguistics 21: 130-144.
2015 Ihsane, Tabea, Claire Forel & Françoise Kusseling. Taking into account the discourse: The limits of substitution rules in the treatment of the pronoun en. Linguistica Atlantica 34.1 : 19-31.
2014 Ihsane, Tabea, Claire Forel & Françoise Kusseling. De la mécanique au sens : le cas du pronom en en français. Actes du Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française (CMLF 2014).
2013 Ihsane, Tabea. EN pronominalisation in French and the structure of nominal expressions. Syntax 16.3: 217-249.
2001 Haegeman, Liliane & Tabea Ihsane. Adult null subjects in the non-pro drop languages: two diary dialects. Language Acquisition 9.4: 329-346.
1999 Haegeman, Liliane & Tabea Ihsane. Subject ellipsis in embedded clauses in English. English Language and Linguistics 3.1: 117-45.

2. Monograph and edited volumes

2008 Ihsane, Tabea. The Layered DP: Form and Meaning of French Indefinites. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
In prep.  Shim, Ji Y., Tabea Ihsane & Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto. Eds. Special Issue Clausal and Nominal Complements in Monolingual and Bilingual Grammars. Languages. 
2015 Smith, Jason & Tabea Ihsane. Eds. Selected papers from the 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 
2010 Ihsane, Tabea  & Christopher Laenzlinger. Eds. Generative Grammar in Geneva, Vol. 6.
2001 Shlonsky, Ur & Tabea Ihsane. Eds. Generative Grammar in Geneva, Vol. 2.

3. Book contributions, with reviewing committee

Submitted Haeberli, Eric & Tabea Ihsane. The Recategorization of Modals in English: Evidence from Adverb Placement. In Selected papers from the DiGS 16 conference: Functional heads across time: syntactic reanalysis and change.
Accepted Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane. The quantitative pronoun en in French: What acquisition may reveal about its analysis. Studies in Bilingualism.
To appear Ihsane, Tabea & Petra Sleeman. Quel(s) genre(s) pour les noms animés en français? In Alain Berrendonner (ed.), Le Français Moderne, special issue on gender.
2016 Ihsane, Tabea & Petra Sleeman. Gender agreement with animate nouns in French. In Christina Tortora, Marcel den Dikken, Ignacio L. Montoya & Teresa O'Neill (eds),Romance Linguistics 2013.Selected papers from the 43rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), New York, 17-19 April, 2013, 159-175. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
2014 Haeberli, Eric & Tabea Ihsane. On the Interaction between Syntax and Morphology: New Evidence from the Loss of Verb Movement in English. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Linguists (ICL19), University of Geneva.
2010 Ihsane, Tabea. Bare nouns with different edges. In Anna Maria Di Sciullo & Virginia Hill (eds), Edges, Heads and Projections: Interface Properties, 23-45. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
2009 Ihsane, Tabea. On the Edge of DP: Different Arguments, Different Edges. In Kleanthes K. Grohmann & Phoevos Panagiotidis (eds), Selected Papers from the 2006 Cyprus Syntaxfest, 266-94. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 
2003 Ihsane, Tabea. Demonstratives and reinforcers in Arabic, Romance and Germanic. In Jacqueline Lecarme (ed.), Research in Afroasiatic Grammar II, 263-85. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
2003 Ihsane, Tabea. A Typology of Possessive Modifiers. In Martine Coene & Yves D’Hulst (eds), From NP to DP, 23-42. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

4. Further publications

2005 Ihsane, Tabea. On the Structure of French du/des ‘of.the’ constituents. Generative Grammar in Geneva, Vol. 4: 195-225.
2001 Ihsane, Tabea & Genoveva. Puskás. Specific is not definite. Generative Grammar in Geneva, Vol. 2: 39-54.