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Dr. Peter Herbeck

Institut für Romanistik, Universität Wien

E-Mail: peter.herbeck[at]


  • seit 08/2020: Postdoc (Universitätsassistent) am Institut für Romanistik, Universität Wien
  • 05/2018 – 03/2020: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Romanischen Seminar, Universität zu Köln
  • 03/2013 – 02/2017: Universitätsassistent (Dissertant) am Fachbereich Romanistik, Universität Salzburg
  • 03-04/2016: Visiting Lecturer am Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva (Mini-Course Null Subjects)
  • 10/2011 – 07/2012: Forschungsaufenthalt am Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spanien (gefördert durch ein DAAD-Doktorandenstipendium)
  • 07/2012 – 02/2013 & 04/2010 – 09/2011: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Lehrstuhl von Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gisa Rauh, Fachgruppe Anglistik, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Deutschland
  • 06/2015: Dr. phil., Fachbereich Romanistik (Spanisch/Sprachwissenschaft), Universität Salzburg
  • 07/2008: Magister Artium (Hauptfach: Anglistik (Sprachwissenschaft), Nebenfächer: Romanische Sprachwissenschaft, Literaturen der Britischen Inseln), Fachbereich Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften, Bergische Universität Wuppertal


Titel der Dissertation

Herbeck, Peter (2015). Unifying Pro-Drop and Control – The Derivation of Spanish (Null) Subjects. Doktorarbeit, Universität Salzburg.


  • Herbeck, Peter (to appear). “The (null) subject of adjunct infinitives in spoken Spanish”. In: Mucha, A., J. M. Hartmann & B. Trawinski (eds.), Non-Canonical Control in a Cross-linguistic Perspective. John Benjamins.

  • Herbeck, Peter (2020). “On finite subject-to-object raising in Spanish”. Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics, 9(1), 87-124.

  • Herbeck, Peter, Bernhard Pöll & Anne Wolfsgruber (Eds.) (2019). Semantic and Syntactic Aspects of Impersonality. Linguistische Berichte (LB), Sonderhefte 26, Hamburg: Buske.

  • Herbeck, Peter (2018). “Deriving Null, Strong, and Emphatic Pronouns in Romance Null Subject Languages”. In: Pritty Patel-Grosz, Patrick Georg Grosz & Sarah Zobel (Eds.), Pronouns in embedded contexts at the syntax-semantics interface [Studies in Linguistics & Philosophy, vol. 99]. Springer. 171-213.

  • Herbeck, Peter (2015). “Overt PRO in Romance – Towards a Unification of PRO and pro”. In: Rachel Klassen, Juana M. Liceras & Elena Valenzuela (Eds.), Theoretical and Experimental Issues in Hispanic Linguistics: Selected Papers from the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2013 [Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics]. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 25-48.

  • Herbeck, Peter (2014). “(Backward) Control and Clitic Climbing – On the Deficiency of Non-Finite Domains in Spanish and Catalan”. In: M. Kohlberger, K. Bellamy & E. Dutton (Eds.), ConSOLE XXI: Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (8-10 January 2013, Potsdam). Leiden: Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, 123-145. (

  • Herbeck, Peter (2011). “Overt Subjects in Spanish Control Infinitives and the Theory of Empty Categories”. In: Generative Grammar in Geneva 7, 1-22. (


Vortragstätigkeit (Auswahl)


  • 04.03.2020: “On contextually defined ‘overt categories’ in Spanish”. 42. Jahrestagung der DGfS, AG6: Theoretical approaches to grammatical (non-)identity in synchrony and diachrony. Universität Hamburg.
  • 18.10.2019: “On the role of evidence type in sanctioning overt speaker/addressee pronouns with mental verbs – A corpus study of creer and saber in spoken Spanish”, LingCor2019 – 2nd Workshop on Spoken Corpus Linguistics, Universitat d’Alacant, Spanien.

  • 01.10.2019: (zusammen mit Alessia Cassarà, Eric Engel & Aria Adli) “La relazione tra persistenza topicale, posizione periferica e semantica verbale in spagnolo“, XXXVI. Romanistentag, Sektion: Linguistische Variation und die Rolle der Schnittstellen in den romanischen Sprachen. Universität Kassel.

  • 22.05.2019: “On finite subject-to-object raising in Spanish”. 29th Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real.

  • 07.03.2019: “The null subject of para-infinitives in spoken Spanish – Between OC and NOC”. 41. Jahresstagung der DGfS, AG: Cross-linguistic Variation in Control Phenomena. Universität Bremen.

  • 13.12.2018: “Strong Pronouns as Perspectival Markers in Spoken Spanish – The Case of Mental Verbs” (Poster). Going Romance 2018. Universität Utrecht.

  • 19.02.2016: "Romance Pro-Drop Hiding VO Restrictions". 42nd Incontro di Grammatica Generativa. Università del Salento, Lecce.

  • 18.06.2015: "Romance Emphatic Doubling as Multiple [Pragmatic] Chains". Budapest Linguistics Conference. Eötvös Loránd Universität, Budapest.

  • 09.11.2014: "Deriving Null, Strong, and Emphatic Pronouns at the Phase Edges". Pronouns in Embedded Contexts at the Syntax-Semantics Interface. Universität Tübingen.

  • 20.06.2014: "Verbal Complexes and the Pro-Drop Parameter in Spanish and German". Understanding pro-drop – a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Università di Trento.

  • 28.11.2013: "A Romance 'Third Construction'". Going Romance 2013. ACLC, Amsterdam.

  • 18.10.2013: "PRO = pro". Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2013. University of Ottawa.

  • 10.01.2013: "Control and Clitic Climbing: On the Deficiency of Non-finite Domains in Spanish and Catalan". ConSOLE XXI. Universität Potsdam.

  • 18.10.2012: "Empty Categories and Inverse Ellipsis". GIST 6 (Generative Initiatives in Syntactic Theory): Subjects Workshop. Universität Gent.

  • 14.04.2012: "Are Infinitival Complements Uniformly Cdef? Evidence from Spanish". Workshop: (Mis)matches in clause linkage. ZAS Berlin.

  • 21.03.2012: "How Much Pro-Drop is Control? Evidence from Spanish, Catalan, and Italian". 22nd Colloquium in Generative Grammar. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

  • 06.10.2011: "The (Non)-Existence of Empty Categories". Workshop: The Minimalist Program: Quo Vadis? Universität Potsdam.

  • 02.05.2011: "On Adjunct Control, Overt Subjects, and the Theory of Empty Categories". 42nd Poznan Linguistic Meeting. Workshop: The Syntax of Infinitives and Gerunds.

  • 16.04.2011: "Overt subjects in Spanish Control Infinitives and the Theory of Empty Categories". Swiss Workshop in Generative Grammar 11. Université de Genève.