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Dr Tabea Ihsane

Associate Professor

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current appointments

Lehrstuhlvertretung/Substitute for the chair of Elisabeth Stark (50%), Romanisches Seminar, UZH.
08.2020-present  Chargée de cours suppléante, Department of Linguistics, UNIGE.
09.2012-present Chargée d’enseignement, Department of English, UNIGE.

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 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), but also 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, Tabea 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 ( and

From 2014 to 2017, she directed the SNSF project "Selection at the interface"; team: 1 post-doctoral fellow and 1 doctoral student). The aim of the project was to examine nominal (say [a word]) and clausal complements (say [that John is happy]) in order to determine (i) their structure (syntax), (ii) the meaningful link between these constituents and their structural environment (semantics) and (iii) what is encoded in the lexical items involved (lexicon):

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 (

From 2016 to 2018, Tabea 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 ‘’.

From 2018 to 2022, she worked as the coordinator and a scientific collaborator on the 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):

Since March 2021, she has been replacing Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research of the University of Zurich, 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


CMLF 2024 (Congrès Mondial de la Linguistique Française), member of the Local Organizational Committee (for UZH), University of Lausanne.


SyNoDe Workshop, URPP Language and Space, UZH, 8-9 June. C. Carlota de Benito, T. Ihsane & T. Paciaroni.


SLE Workshop Complementation and relativization. University of Bucharest, Romania, 25-26 August. L. Baunaz, T. Ihsane & T. Paciaroni.


‘Partitive Articles’ in Francoprovençal and in the Northern Italian Dialects: DiFuPaRo Closing Workshop, UZH, 24 June. T. Ihsane & E. Stark.


Workshop on Partitivity at Going Romance. University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands, online, 1 December. P. Sleeman & T. Ihsane.


Workshop on Pseudo-partitivity, UZH, 2 July. Invited: P. Caha and N. Pomino.


DiFuPaRo internal online workshop, UZH, 11 June. Invited: P. Ranacher, UZH.


PARTE workshopPartitivity in European Languages. UZH, 26 January. T. Ihsane,E. Stark, E. Glaser & P. Sleeman.


SLE Workshop Bare nouns vs. ‘partitive articles’: disentangling functions, UZH, 11 September. T. Ihsane & E. Stark.


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


International workshop Clausal and Nominal Complements in Monolingual and Bilingual Grammar, UNIGE,27-28 June. Funded by the SNSF (#167034). T. Ihsane, J.Y. Shim and M. Pallottino.

fieldwork  (DESIGN AND organisation)

11.2019 Translation task and Grammaticality Judgement Test. Patois: Bulle, Switzerland.
07.2019 Translation task and Grammaticality Judgment Test. Francoprovençal: Evolène, Switzerland.
05.2017 Translation task. Francoprovençal: Aosta Valley, Italy.



1.  Monograph 


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

2.  Edited volumes


Bril, Marco, Martine Coene, Tabea Ihsane, Petra Sleeman & Thom Westveer. Eds. RLLT19, Selected papers from Going Romance Amsterdam. Isogloss 8.5.


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.
2001           Shlonsky, Ur & Tabea Ihsane. Eds. Generative Grammar in Geneva, Vol. 2.

3.  Peer-reviewed journal articles


Ihsane, Tabea, Olivier Winistörfer & Elisabeth Stark. Francoprovençal: a spatial analysis of ‘partitive articles’ and potential correlates in Swiss and Italian varieties. Isogloss. Accepted, subject to revisions.

2021 Ihsane, Tabea. Preverbal subjects with a partitive article: a comparison between Aosta Valley Francoprovençal and French. Studia Linguistica. A Journal of General Linguistics 76.1: 130-166.

Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane. Convergence and divergence in the expression of partitivity: a cross-linguistic experimental study. Linguistics 58.3: 767-804.


Shim, Ji Y. & Tabea Ihsane. A New Outlook of Complementizers. Languages 2.3:17.


Shim, Ji Y. & Tabea Ihsane. English Overt and Null Complementizers. Studies in Generative Grammar 27.3: 515-533.


Ihsane, Tabea & Petra Sleeman. Quel(s) genre(s) pour les noms animés en français? In Alain Berrendonner (ed.), La syntaxe des relations d’accord. Eléments de description et de modélisation. Le Français Moderne, 85.1: 94-108.

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. Vol. 19 (1).
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.
2016 Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane. Gender mismatches in partitive constructions with superlatives in French. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 1.1: 35. 1-25.
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.
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.

4.  Peer-reviewed book chapters

Accepted               Davatz, Jan, Tabea Ihsane & Elisabeth Stark. Enquêtes dialectologiques à Evolène : les articles dits 'partitifs' et leurs équivalents. In Dorothée Aquino-Weber, Sara Cotelli Kureth, Andres Kristol & Aurélie Reusser-Elzingre (eds.), "Coum’on étèila que kòoule… Come una stella cadente… Comme une étoile filante…". Mélanges à la mémoire de Federica Diémoz. Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Librairie Droz. 2023.

Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen & Tabea Ihsane. On the rescuing of PPIs: some-NPs vs. some-pronouns in English. In Gabriela Alboiu, Daniela Isac, Alexandru Nicolae, Mihaela Tănase-Dogaru & Alina Tigău (eds.), A Life in Linguistics. A Festschrift for Alexandra Cornilescu on her 75th birthday, 217-225. Bucharest: Bucharest University Press.

2022 Haeberli, Eric & Tabea Ihsane. The Recategorization of Modals in English: Evidence from Adverb Placement. In Barbara Egedi & Veronika Hegedus (eds.), Functional Heads over Time: Syntactic Reanalysis and Change, 136-158. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2021           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, 205–236. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter.
2020 Ihsane, Tabea. Telicity, Specificity, and Complements with a Plural “Partitive Article” in French. In Tabea Ihsane (ed.), Disentangling Bare Nouns and Nominals Introduced by a Partitive Article, 227-261. Syntax and Semantics. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill (copyright 2021).
2020 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 (copyright 2021).
2020 Haeberli, Eric & Tabea Ihsane. Micro- and Nano-Change in the Verbal Syntax of English. In Andras Barany, Theresa Biberauer, Jamie Douglas & Sten Vikner (eds.), Clausal Architecture and Its Consequences: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives, 159-173. Berlin: Language Science Press.
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.
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.
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.  Other publications

2022 Bril, Marco, Martine Coene, Tabea Ihsane, Petra Sleeman & Thom Westveer. Introduction to Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 19, Selected papers from Going Romance Amsterdam. Isogloss 8.5/1: 1-6.
2022 Ihsane, Tabea, Jan Davatz, Francesco Pinzin & Elisabeth Stark. Welcome to the interface for searching the DiFuPaRo-Database Click on the button "about".
2020 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.

6.  Database



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




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