Since October 2017, I have been a PhD student/researcher as a part of the Research Training Group ‘Nominal Modification’, at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The working title of my dissertation project is ‘Referential properties of Serbian possessive modifiers’, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Esther Rinke.
In my thesis, I am investigating the structure of Serbian DPs modified by possessives with a main focus on their referential possibilities. I discuss and compare the behaviour of Serbian possessive modifiers in the subject position in constructions involving binding and C-command. By providing empirical support, I want to investigate whether this phenomenon in Serbian differs from typical DP languages such as English or German. I believe that possessives should be analysed as exponents of D, which makes a contribution to the bigger picture of the existence of a DP in Serbian.