Sanja Srdanović

A PhD student/researcher of the graduate school 'Nominal Modification' at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main


Since October 2017, I have been a PhD student/researcher as a part of the Graduate School ‘Nominal Modification’, at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.

Learning foreign languages has made me aware of the fact that different languages share similar scheme and impose general rules and constraints in terms of the language structure. What I found fascinating about generative grammar was that it provided tools for me to approach language as a system from an empirical point of view and study its regulations and limitations and try to include them in a theoretical framework. Since then, my main research interests encompass morphology and syntax of natural languages, especially NPs and DPs, and that is the investigation of nominal modification, case assignment, argument licensing, language acquisition, morpho-syntactic features of nouns and their cognitive processing.

What particularly interested me was the topic of deverbal nominalization. I was intrigued by the complexity of deverbal nominals and the fact that they show both nominal and verbal features and behaviour. As a result, my interest in the topic lead to  writing my Master’s Thesis under the title “Cognitive processing of result and process nominals in English and Serbian” with Prof. Sabina Halupka-Rešetar as my supervisor.

I am also interested in the investigation of language acquisition. More precisely, I would like to focus my further research on Serbian Heritage Bilinguals who live in Germany and speak German as their dominant language. The phenomenon I focus on is possessives and I look into their structural positions and binding.