Solveig Bosse

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Bate 2117
Phone: 252.328.5513
E-Mail: bosses@ecu.edu


Solveig Bosse taught linguistics at the University of Iowa before joining ECU. Her primary research interests are in syntax and semantics, more precisely the cross-linguistic study of applicative arguments. She has worked extensively on German and English, and has included languages as diverse as Hebrew, Albanian, Japanese, Mandarin and French in her studies. In the near future, Dr. Bosse wants to include more languages in her research in order to establish a comprehensive typology of applicative arguments. Other research interests include experimental work on first language acquisition as well as on spatial language and language and thought.


M.A. Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (Germany)
M.A. University of Delaware
Ph.D. University of Delaware

Research Interests

Applicative Arguments

Courses Taught

LING 7525: Language and Society
LING 6527: English Syntax and Semantics
LING 6526: English Phonology and Morphology
LING 4730: Language and Society
LING 3740: English Syntax and Semantics
LING 3730: English Phonology and Morphology
ENGL 3880: Writing for Business and Industry
LING 2710: English Grammar
LING 2700: Introduction to Language Study

Selected Publications and Presentations

Bosse, S. (2015): Applicative Arguments: A syntactic and semantic Investigation of German and English . Peter Lang Academic Publishing.

Bosse, S. (2014): A Formal Semantic Approach to (Appalachian) Personal Datives. Southern Journal of Linguistics 38(1):95-116.

Bosse, S. (2013): On the Absence of Causation in the German Dative of Inaction. Interdisciplinary Journal of Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analyses, 18 (2): pp. 207-232.

Bosse, S. (2013): An Argument against PP-shells for benefactive DPs in German. Tampa Papers in Linguistics 4, pp. 1-10.

Bosse, S. (2012): The German Dative of Inaction. Tampa Papers in Linguistics 3, pp. 39-51.

Bosse, S., B. Bruening, M. Yamada (2012): Affected Experiencers. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (NLLT), 30(4): 1185-1230. Bosse, S., B. Bruening (2011): Benefactive Versus Experiencer Datives. Washburn, M. B., McKinney-Bock, K., Varis, E., Sawyer, A., Tomaszewicz, B. (eds.): Proceedings of 28th WCCFL. pp. 69-77.

Bosse, S., A. Papafragou (2010): Spatial Position in Language and Visual Memory: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison. In: S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1052-1057). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Bosse, S. (2009): Split DPs in (Northern) German as derived structures. Interdisciplinary Journal of Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analyses 14 (2): pp. 251-287.