About Me

I'm an aspiring linguist who gathers (experimental) evidence to test and develop theories of grammar. My goal is to understand the abstract rules that language is based on, how these rules systematically interact, and how much (or little) they differ across the languages of the world. I'm a doctoral candidate in the DFG-funded CRC 1287  at the University of Potsdam, and my dissertation project concerns the variability of sharing constructions. I investigate their reconstruction potential for Binding Principle C to find out more about their underlying syntax. My supervisors are Doreen Georgi  and Malte Zimmermann. Beyond this project, I am particularly interested in studying languages outside of the Indo-European family that have received little attention in research this far, and I am passionate about fusing theoretical considerations with an experimental approach. My usual perspective is that of a (morpho-)syntactician, occasionally dabbling in semantics and psycholinguistics.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Reconstruction for Binding Principle C in Sharing Constructions (doctoral dissertation)
  • Exhaustivity of embedded questions in Akan (with Nadine Bade)
  • (Verbal) affix order in Hungarian 
  • Case and agreement in Turkish relative clauses (master thesis)
  • Object agreement in Tundra Nenets


Talks & Posters
  • Sarvas, Timea. 2022. All that glitters is not syntax. On the deceptive comfort of the armchair. Talk presented at LMBB 9, Potsdam.
  • Sarvas, Timea. 2022. Scope Ambiguities among Suffixes in Hungarian: Mood and Modality. Talk presented at ConSOLE 30, Nantes.
  • Sarvas, Timea & Johannes Rothert. 2020. Challenges for Theories of (Post-) Syntactic Head Movement: Tense and Modality in Hungarian. Poster presented at SinFonIJA 13, Budapest.
  • Sarvas, Timea. 2021. Case and Agreement Patterns in Turkish Nonsubject Relative Clauses. An Experimental Approach. MA Thesis, University of Potsdam. 



Email me at sarvas[at]uni-potsdam[dot]de, or find me on OSF or ResearchGate


Linguistics Department, University of Potsdam
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25, House 14, office 3.40
14476 Potsdam

How to pronounce my name
  • Szarvas Tímea: Hungarian spelling and order, pronounced sɒrvɒʃ ti:mɛ​ɒ⁠⁠
  • Timea Sarvaš: Serbocroatian spelling, pronounced timɛa sarvaʃ
  • Timea Sarvas: German spelling of the Serbocroatian spelling, pronounced tʰime:a sa:vas