Svitlana Antonyuk, PhD

I am a Lise Meitner senior postdoctoral researcher at Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Austria, where I am currently employed in the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project M 3361-G “Deriving Discourse Configurationality of (East) Slavic”. The project is hosted by Prof. Victor Edgar Onea Gaspar of the Institut für Germanistik.

My research focuses on issues of argument structure, quantification and the interface between syntax and other modules of grammar, as well as the mapping from syntax to Information Structure. I have worked extensively on Ukrainian and Russian, both East Slavic languages, but I am getting progressively more interested in generative typology and contact-induced language change.

My recent projects involve work on Object Shift in Ukrainian, the syntax of Instrumentals, the Realization of Givenness and Focus in Discourse Configurational Languages, the relation between Aspect and argument structure in East Slavic, as well as the phenomenon of scope freezing cross-linguistically.

I am currently co-editing two Special Collection volumes at Glossa: a journal of general linguistics (you can check them out here: and here: and preparing to start the experimental part of the Lise Meitner project, which will involve mapping various syntactic structures of East Slavic to their prosodic realization in order to account for instances of syntactic optionality.