| Meeting Description:
||A large array of phenomena around verbal syntax is argued to be sensitive to thematic role distinctions. In particular, experiencer-objects have been shown to display non-canonical object properties (or even subject properties) concerning word order, binding and scopal relations, clitic doubling, etc. A straightforward account of these phenomena is to trace them back to the special status of experiencers in the hierarchical clause structure. At the same time, experiencers are very likely discourse topics and a subset of their particular properties (e.g., the experiencer-first generalization in linearization) may be accounted for through a purely pragmatic account.