Dr. Elodie Winckel

Dr. Elodie Winckel, M.A.


Department of English and American Studies
Lehrstuhl für Language und Cognition (Alexander von Humboldt-Professur)

Room: Room 3.004
Bismarckstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Research Training Group “Dimensions of Constructional Space” of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg, where I am currently working on a research constructicon. Construction Grammar sees grammar as a network of form-meaning pairings, also called a (mental) constructicon.

The researchers in the Research Training Group all work on different constructions, which is why we came up with the idea of a research constructicon as a recollection and network of the constructions studied in our group.

Research interests

I’m interested in syntactic complexity, and on the link between grammar and cognitive factors. I worked for a long time on so-called “islands” phenomena, i.e. constraints on fronting (especially “subjects islands”), where I adopted a empirical approach (corpus and experimental studies).

Frameworks: HPSG (Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar) and Construction Grammar.


I got a PhD degree at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Université de Paris (as binational cotutelle) in 2021. My advisors were Prof. Stefan Müller & Prof. Anne Abeillé.

My dissertation, “French subject island: empirical and formal approaches” will be published soon by Language Science Press (https://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/362).


Publications: https://islands.hypotheses.org/publications