Katharina Hartmann

CVresearchpublicationsPhD supervision • Syntax (information about staff and teaching)



Room: IG 4.257
Tel.: 069 / 798-32386
E-Mail: k.hartmann AT lingua.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours (starting Apr 15, 2024 w/o registration):

Thursdays, 2-3pm

There will be no office hour on Thursday, May 23rd! In case you want to make an alternative appointment, please send me an email!


Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1964 in Weingarten/Baden (West Germany)
  • 1991 Master of Arts in German Studies and Romance Studies
  • 1991-1992 Research stay at Brandeis University and MIT in Boston/USA
  • 1992-1993 Research assistant in Cologne
  • 1993-2001 Research associate at the Institute for German Language and Literature II, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
  • 1998 PhD
  • 2001-2012 Research associate at the Institute for German Language and Linguistics, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2007 – 2010 2nd Chairperson of the German Society for Linguistics
  • 2009 Completion of the habilitation process; teaching authorization for Germanic Linguistics and General Linguistics
  • WS 2009 Visiting scholar at the University of Frankfurt, Institute for Cognitive Linguistics
  • SS/WS 2010 Acting professorship at Humboldt University of Berlin
  • WS 2011 Acting professorship at University of Tübingen
  • February 2013 – September 2015 Professor of German Linguistics at the University of Vienna
  • since October 2015 Professor of Syntax at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
  • since October 2022 Vice-dean of the Facutly of Modern Languages at Goethe University
  • since April 2024 Equal Opportunity Officer in SFB 1629 NegLab


  • Generative syntax and universal grammar
  • Information structure and grammar
  • Syntax of West-African languages
  • Architecture of the interfaces

Current research projects

  • starting 04/24: PI of the CRC 1629 projects B03 (w Johannes Mursell) and B04 (w Hedde Zeijlstra)
  • since 10/21: PI of the DFG project “The interaction of focus, aspect, and verbal morphology at the VP periphery in the Mabia languages of Ghana” (www.mabia-vp.com)

Completed Projects

  • 04/17-09/21: PI of the DFG project “A general theory of multivaluation” (https://multivaluation.de/)
  • 09/11-2014: member of the DFG-funded Research Network “Questions in Discourse” (http://qid.textstrukturen.uni-goettingen.de/)
  • 07/11-06/15: PI “The grammar and the pragmatics of the Nachfeld”  within the  3rd funding phase of the CRC 632 (http://www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/). Co-PI: Anja Kleemann-Krämer, Staff: Maria Balbach.
  • 7/07-6/09: PI (w Prof. M. Krifka) of the project B1 “Information structure and grammar in the Gur and Kwa languages” within the CRC 632 Staff: Ines Fiedler, Anne Schwarz. 
  • 2003-2011: PI of the project B2 “Information structure in Chadic languages” within the CRC 632; goal of the project: Investigation of the focus systems of selected North Nigerian languages. Staff: Malte Zimmermann (since 12/06 Professor at the University of Potsdam), Peggy Jacob, Andreas Haida (12/07-06/11).
  • May 2003: Approval of the CRC 632 “Information Structure: The Linguistic Means of Structuring Utterance, Sentence, and Text”



  • Hartmann, Katharina (2009) A Cross-Linguistic View of Focus Realizations. Unpublished Habilitation.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2000) Right Node Raising and Gapping. Interface Conditions on Prosodic Deletion. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Edited volumes

  • Wurmbrand, Susie, Johannes Mursell & Katharina Hartmann (eds.) (2025) Handbook – Syntax of Germanic Languages. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Shen, Zheng, Johannes Mursell, Anke Himmelreich & Katharina Hartmann (2023) Multivaluation in Agreement. Glossa Special Collection.
  • Smith, Peter W., Johannes Mursell & Katharina Hartmann (eds.) (2020) Agree to Agree. Agreement from a Minimalist Perspective. Language Science Press.
  • Cruschina, Silvio, Katharina Hartmann & Eva-Maria Remberger (eds.) (2017) Negation: Syntax, Semantics & Variation. Vienna University Press.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Tonjes Veenstra (eds.) (2013) Cleft Structures. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Aboh, Enoch, Katharina Hartmann & Malte Zimmermann (eds.) (2007) Focus Strategies in African languages: The Interaction of Focus and Grammar in Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Scientific Papers in collections and journals

  • Hartmann, Katharina (to appear) Configurationality – Fanselow 1987. In Artemis Alexiadou, Doreen Georgi, Fabian Heck, Gereon Müller & Florian Schäfer (eds.) Gisbert Fanselow’s Contributions to Syntactic Theory. Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 96, Universität Leipzig.
  • Mursell, Johannes & Katharina Hartmann (2023) Subject relative clauses in Dagbani. Submitted.
  • Himmelreich, Anke & Katharina Hartmann (2023) Agreement with disjoined subjects in German. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 8(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/glossa.8504
  • Hartmann, Katharina, Roland Pfau & Iris Legeland (2021) Asymmetry and contrast: Coordination in Sign Language of the Netherlands. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 35(1).
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2021) The Grammaticalization of Term Focus Structures in Chadic Languages: A Case of Microvariation. In: Faits de Langues. 52/1: 33–59.
  • Gutzmann, D., Hartmann, K., & Matthewson, L. (2020). Verum focus is verum, not focus: Cross-linguistic evidence. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics5(1), 51. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.347
  • Smith, Peter W., Beata Moskal, Katharina Hartmann & Zheng Shen (2018) Feature conflicts, feature resolution, and the structure of either…or. Jezikoslovlje 18/3: 457–479.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2017) PP-extraposition and nominal Pitch in German. In: Clemens Mayr & Edwin Williams (eds.) Festschrift für Martin Prinzhorn. Universität Wien: Wiener Linguistische Gazette. 99–107.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2015) Coordination. In: T. Kiss and A. Alexiadou (eds.) Syntax – Theory and Analysis. An International Handbook. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Verlag. (= Handbuch zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft 42/1-3). 478–513.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (2015) Semantic Coordination Without Syntactic Coordinators. In: Ida Toivonen, Piroska Csúri, Emile van der Zee (eds.) Structures in the Mind. Essays on Language, Music, and Cognition in Honor of Ray Jackendoff. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 41–61.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Viola Schmitt (2014) Violations of the right-edge-constraint in right-node-raising. Snippets 27: 8–9. http://www.ledonline.it/snippets/
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Marianna Patak (2014) Ein Sonderfall der Koordination im Deutschen: Spezifikation durch und zwar. Linguistische Berichte: 242–266.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Tonjes Veenstra (2013) Introduction. In: Hartmann & Veenstra (eds.), 1–32.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2013) Verum Intervention Effects in Chadic Languages. Lingua 136: 103–124.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2013) Prosodic Constraints on Extraposition in German. In: Gerd Webelhut, Manfred Sailer, Heike Walker, (eds.) Rightward Movement in a Comparative Perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 439–472.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2012) Focus Marking in Bura: Semantic Uniformity matches Syntactic Heterogeneity. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 30/4: 1061–1108.
  • Chiarcos, Christian, Ines Fiedler, Mira Grubic, Katharina Hartmann, Julia Ritz, Anne Schwarz, Amir Zeldes, Malte Zimmermann (2011), Information Structure in African Languages: Corpora and Tools. Language Resources and Evaluation. DOI: 10.1007/s10579-011-9153-0
  • Fiedler, Ines, Katharina Hartmann, Brigitte Reineke, Anne Schwarz & Malte Zimmermann (2010) Subject Focus in West African Languages. In: Malte Zimmermann & Caroline Féry (eds) Information Structure. Theoretical, Typological, and Experimental Perspectives. Oxford: OUP. 234–257.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2009) Morphological Focus Marking in Gùrùntùm (West Chadic). Lingua 119 (9): 1340-1365. doi:10:10.1016/j.lingua.2009.02.002.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2008) Focus and Tone. Acta Linguistica Hungarica 55: 415–426.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2008) Focus and Emphasis in Tone and Intonation Languages. In: Anita Steube (ed.) The discourse potential of underspecified structures. Berlin: W. de Gruyter. 389–411.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2007) Exhaustivity Particles in Hausa: A Reevaluation of the Particle nee/cee. In: E. Aboh, K. Hartmann & M. Zimmermann (eds.), 241–263.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2007) Focus Strategies in Chadic: The Case of Tangale Revisited. Studia Linguistica 61/2. 95–129.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2007) In Place – Out of Place: Focus in Hausa. In: Kerstin Schwabe and Susanne Winkler (eds.) On Information Structure: Meaning and Form. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 365–403.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2006) Information Structure and the Left Periphery in Dhgwed’e. In: Patrick Brandt & Eric Fuss (eds.) Form, Structure, and Grammar. A Festschrift Presented to Günther Grewendorf on Occasion of his 60th Birthday. Berlin: Akademie Verlag. 187–207.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2006) Right Node Raising. In: Keith Brown (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics – 2nd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2006) Focus Constructions in Hausa. In: Valéria Molnár and Susanne Winkler (eds.) The Architecture of Focus. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 579–607.
  • Féry, Caroline & Katharina Hartmann (2005) Focus and prosodic structures of German Gapping and Right Node Raising. In The Linguistic Review 22. 67–114.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2003) Syntactic and Semantic Adnominal Genitive. In: Claudia Maienborn (ed.) (A-)symmetrien – (A-)symmetries. Beiträge zu Ehren von Ewald Lang. Tübingen: Stauffenburg. 171–202.
    Hartmann, Katharina (2003) Background Matching in Right Node Raising Constructions. In: Kerstin Schwabe und Susanne Winkler (eds.) The Interfaces: Deriving and Interpreting (Omitted) Structures. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 121–151.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (2001) The Syntax and Semantics of Focus-Sensitive Particles in German. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 19. 229–281.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (1998) Asymmetrische Koordination. Linguistische Berichte 174. 172–201.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (1997) Die Parametrisierung der Sprache – Eine Strafe Gottes? In: Freireligiöse Landesgemeinde Baden (Hg.) “Das Paradoxe zog mich an” – Festschrift für Eckhart Pilick. Mannheim: Verlagsbüro v. Brandt. 142–152.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (1997) Doing the Right Thing. The Linguistic Review 14. 1–42.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (1997) The Kayne Mutiny. In: D. Beermann, D. LeBlanc & H. van Riemsdijk (eds.) Rightward Movement. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (1995) All Right! In: U. Lutz & J. Pafel (eds.) On Extraction and Extraposition in German. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 179–211.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (1994) Zur Koordination von V-2 Sätzen. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 13.1. 3–19.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (1994) The Dark Side of Wh-Movement. Linguistische Berichte 149. 56–74.

Scientific papers in Working papers and conference proceedings

  • Akan, Tamer & Katharina Hartmann (2019) SOV-X: Syntactic and pragmatic constraints of the postverbal domain in Turkish. In: Josef Bayer & Yvonne Viesel (eds.) Proceedings of the Workshop „Clause Typing and the syntax-to-discourse relation in head-final languages. Universität Konstanz Arbeitspapiere, Band 130. Universität Konstanz. 123-144.
  • Iris Legeland, Katharina Hartmann & Roland Pfau (2018) Word order asymmetries in NGT coordination: The impact of Information Structure. Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory 2. 56–67.
  • Hartmann, Katharina, Peggy Jacob & Malte Zimmermann (2008) Asymmetric Focus Marking in Bura. In: S. Ishihara, M. Schmitz and A. Schwarz (eds.) Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure Vol 10. Working Papers of the SFB 632. Univ.verlag Potsdam. 45–92.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2008) Not only „only“ but „too“ too. Alternative sensitive particles in Bura. In: Atle Grønn (ed.). Proceedings of Sinn & Bedeutung 12. Oslo:  Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. 196–211.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Malte Zimmermann (2004). Nominal and Verbal Focus in the Chadic Languages. In: F. Perrill et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society. 87–101.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (1996) Is It [Only Rock’n Roll], Or Just Like It? Proceedings of WCCFL XIV.
  • Büring, Daniel & Katharina Hartmann (1991) Regelhaft und Regellos – Zum Verhältnis von Syntax und Lexikon. Arbeiten des Sonderforschungsbereichs 282.


  • Johannes Mursell & Katharina Hartmann (2020) Bodomo, Adams, Hasiyatu Abubakari and Samuel Alhassan Issah, Handbook of the Mabia Languages of West Africa. Journal of West African Languages 47.2. 108–114.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (2003) Winfried Lechner, Comparatives and DP-Structure. GLOT International 7.
  • Hartmann, Katharina & Thomas Ede Zimmermann (2001) Henriëtte de Swart, Introduction to Natural Language Semantics. Journal of Logic, Language and Information 10. 511–518.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (1995) Lesley Stirling, Switch Reference And Discourse Representation. Linguistische Berichte 158. 326–328.
  • Hartmann, Katharina (1994) Robert Freidin, Principles and Parameters in Comparative Grammar. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 13.1. 129–133.

PhD supervision