Irenäus Kulik

Irenäus Kulik
Friedrich Schiller University Jena | FSU · Department of Slavic Studies

Master of Arts


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I'm a linguist focusing on Slavic, especially West Slavic. Currently, my research interests are the syntax of clitics and corpus linguistics.
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August 2015 - March 2016
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
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Clitic climbing, i.e. the realization of one or more clitics in a syntactic constituent hierarchically higher than the clitics’ licencing predicate, has been accounted for in terms of a restructuring approach. The embedded infinitive the clitics are extracted from has been assumed to be structurally deficient – that is, a bare VP. Due to the lack o...
It has been repeatedly proposed within the framework of Generative Grammar to account for clitic climbing (CC) in terms of a restructuring approach. That is, pronominal and reflexive clitics subcategorized for by an embedded infinitive move up to the matrix verb’s phrase, as the infinitive is a structurally deficient bare VP lacking the υP, TP shel...
Originally proposed for Romance languages, mono-clausal analyses have been adopted to account for clitic climbing in Slavic, namely the restructuring approach of defective infinitival complementation. According to a strictly dichotomic approach as proposed by Rezac (2005) for Czech and Aljović (2004) for BCS, clitic climbing does not appear in bi-c...


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The issue of cliticization gained considerable attention in theoretical linguistics and the interest in Slavic clitic systems increased recently. However, grammar research in this area has been mostly conducted without reliance on empirical data. The syntax of clitics will be scrutinized within the domain of corpus linguistics.
It is an often unexpressed fact that Poland - nowadays considered ethnically and linguistically homogeneous - was and still is characterized by linguistic diversity. Different languages and diatopic varieties have been spoken within the repeatedly changed borders of the Polish state. Traces of the former linguistic wealth can be encountered to date. In addition, both Poland's membership in the European Union and recent geopolitical tendencies bring about further changes in the country's linguistic profile. The two main aspects are nested within the fields of contact linguistics and sociolinguistics. However, it is not only the Polish language, which is subject to language contact as a recipient language (an often cited fact e.g. for the evolution of the Polish lexicon or the Polish language in diaspora communities). As majority language of the Republic of Poland, standard Polish and its spoken vernacular are dominant over lects of demographically smaller in-state populations, e.g. Kashubians, Lemkos, Ukrainians, and Romani people among others. A closer look is needed on issues of interrelations between Polish and its major and minor linguistic neighbors, socio-political conditions for exo-/multilingual groups, possible language conflicts, and the vitality and transmission of lects other than (standard) Polish.