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current appointments

03.2021-  Lehrstuhlvertretung/Substitute for the chair of Elisabeth Stark (50%), Romanisches Seminar, UZH.
Oberassistentin/scientific collaborator, co-ordinator, SNSF and DFG research project DiFuPaRo, Romanisches Seminar, UZH.
08.2020-06.2021 Chargée de cours suppléante, Department of Linguistics, UNIGE.
09.2012-02.2021 Chargée d’enseignement 50%, Department of English, UNIGE (currently on leave).

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 expertise lies in the syntax and syntax-semantics interface of nominal expressions, in a cross-linguistic perspective. Her research interests 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 syntax of adverbs in the History of English. From 2011 to 2016, 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 the past years, Tabea also studied, in collaboration with Petra Sleeman (U. Amsterdam), the L2 acquisition of the French pronoun en by native speakers of Dutch and German and the expression of partitivity in Dutch, French and German, analysing data corresponding to the contexts in which French uses the pronoun en.

In 2016, she joined the URPP Language and Space and the research group Systems of Nominal Determination in contact (SyNoDe) at the University of Zurich (

Currently, she is collaborating as a scientific collaborator/coordinator on the SNSF-DFG research project Distribution and Function of 'Partitive Articles' in Romance (DiFuPaRo): a microvariation analysis, directed by Elisabeth Stark (U.  Zurich) and Cecilia Poletto (Frankfurt am Main):

As of 1 March 2021, she replaces Elisabeth Stark, who was nominated Vice President Research, in parts of her functions at the Romanisches Seminar (UZH): .

See also:

Research projects (Principal Investigator)


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.


Fellowship for prospective researchers. SNSF (#81GE-064307).  Visiting scholar at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, USA.

Organisation of scientific events


Workshop Variation in the Expression of Partitivity and Partitive Expressions. 14th International Conference of General Linguistics (CILG2020). University of Sevilla, Spain. 24-26 June. Postponed to 2021. U. Etxeberria, T. Ihsane, I. Seržant, P. Sleeman & A. Tamm.


PARTE workshopPartitivity in European Languages. University of Zurich, Switzerland. 26 January. T. Ihsane, E. Stark, E. Glaser & P. Sleeman. 


SLE Workshop Bare nouns vs. ‘partitive articles’: disentangling functions. 11 September, UZH. With E. Stark.


International Workshop Partitivity and Language Contact. 25-26 November 2016, UZH. With E. Stark and D. Gerards.


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.

fieldwork  (organisation)

11.2019 Translation task (participation in design) and Grammaticality Judgement Test (design). Patois, Bulle, Fribourg, Switzerland.
Translation task (design). Francoprovençal: Evolène (CH) and Aosta Valley (Italy).



1.  Peer-reviewed articles in international journals


Ihsane, Tabea & Elisabeth Stark. Introduction. In Tabea Ihsane & Elisabeth Stark (eds), Shades of Partitivity: formal and areal properties. Special Issue in Linguistics 58.3: 605-619.


Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane. Convergence and divergence in the expression of partitivity: a cross-linguistic experimental study. In Tabea Ihsane & Elisabeth Stark (eds), Shades of Partitivity: formal and areal properties. Special Issue in Linguistics.

2017 Shim, Ji Y., Tabea Ihsane, & Maria del C. Parafita Couto. Introducing the Special Issue: Clausal and Nominal Complements in Monolingual and Bilingual Grammars. Languages 2.4: 1-5.
2017 Shim, Ji Y. & Tabea Ihsane. A New Outlook of Complementizers. Languages 2.3:17.
2017 Shim, Ji Y. & Tabea Ihsane. English Overt and Null Complementizers. Studies in Generative Grammar 27.3: 515-534.
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.
Haegeman, Liliane & Tabea Ihsane. Subject ellipsis in embedded clauses in English. English Language and Linguistics 3.1: 117-45.

2.  Monograph

2008            Ihsane, Tabea. The Layered DP: Form and Meaning of French Indefinites. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

 3.  Edited volumes


Ihsane, Tabea. Ed. Disentangling Bare Nouns and Nominals Introduced by a Partitive Article. Syntax and Semantics. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill (published online in 2020; copyright 2021).



Ihsane, Tabea. & Elisabeth Stark. Eds. Shades of Partitivity: formal and areal properties. Special Issue in Linguistics, volume 58, issue 3.

2017 Shim, Ji Y., Tabea Ihsane & Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto. Eds. Special Issue Clausal and Nominal Complements in Monolingual and Bilingual Grammars. Languages. 2.3.
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.
Shlonsky, Ur & Tabea Ihsane. Eds. Generative Grammar in Geneva, Vol. 2.

4.  Book contributions, with reviewing committee


Davatz, Jan, Tabea Ihsane & Elisabeth Stark. Enquêtes dialectologiques à Evolène : les articles dits 'partitifs' et leurs équivalents. In D. Aquino-Weber, S. Cotelli Kureth, A. Kristol et A. Reusser-Elzingre. Volume in hommage of Federica Diémoz (Title TBA).

Accepted Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane. The L2 acquisition of the quantitative pronoun in French by L1 speakers of German and the role of the L1. In Giuliana Giusti & Petra Sleeman (eds.), Partitive Determiners, Partitive Pronouns and Partitive Case. Linguistische Arbeiten.

Haeberli, Eric & Tabea Ihsane. The Recategorization of Modals in English: Evidence from Adverb Placement. In B. Egedi and V. Hegedus (eds.), Functional Heads over Time: Syntactic Reanalysis and Change.


Haeberli, Eric & Tabea Ihsane. Micro- and Nano-Change in the Verbal Syntax of English. In A. Barany, T. Biberauer, J. Douglas, and S. Vikner (eds.), Clausal Architecture and Its Consequences: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives. Berlin: Language Science Press.


Ihsane, Tabea. Telicity, Specificity, and Complements with a Plural “Partitive Article” in French. In T. Ihsane (ed.), Disentangling Bare Nouns and Nominals Introduced by a Partitive Article, 227-261. Syntax and Semantics Series. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill (published online in 2020; copyright 2021).


Ihsane, Tabea. Introduction. In Tabea Ihsane (ed.), Disentangling Bare Nouns and Nominals Introduced by a Partitive Article, 1-16. Syntax and Semantics. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill (published online in 2020; copyright 2021).

2017 Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane. The L2 acquisition of the French quantitative pronoun en by L1 learners of Dutch: vulnerable domains and cross-linguistic influence. In Elma Blom, Leonie Cornips & Jeannette Schaeffer (eds.), Cross-linguistic Influence in Bilingualism. In honor of Aafke Hulk, 303-330. [Studies in Bilingualism 52]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
2017 Ihsane, Tabea & Petra Sleeman. Quel(s) genre(s) pour les noms animés en français? In Alain Berrendonner (ed.), Le Français Moderne, 85.1: 94-108.
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.

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.
Ihsane, Tabea. A Typology of Possessive Modifiers. In Martine Coene & Yves D’Hulst (eds), From NP to DP, 23-42. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

5.  Further publications

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.

Ihsane, Tabea, Jan Davatz, Francesco Pinzin & Elisabeth Stark. Welcome to the interface for searching the DiFuPaRo-Database. Click on the button "about".

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

6. Database



The DiFuPaRo database. Jonathan Schaber, Johannes Graën, Jan Davatz, Tabea Ihsane, Francesco Pinzin, Cecilia Poletto & Elisabeth Stark. University of Zurich.