Research: Tracing political culture in grammar

The driving force behind my research is the quest for the foundations of contemporary liberal regimes, both in a historical sense and in terms of scientific generalization. Without entering into the normative debate about the universal legitimacy of liberalism, I seek to establish the conditions under which modern liberal politics have become possible within and among Western nations.

The initial phase of my research (→Master's thesis) was dedicated to the globalization of modern politics in the post-Cold War period. The second phase (→Doctoral thesis) has been dedicated to the previous five hundred years. The third phase will see the publication and consolidation of my results, as well as the integration of my work with other literature.

My most important findings relate to the historical formation of cultural capital as well as certain cultural cleavages within and between contemporary countries. Indeed, my data show striking correlations between important dimensions of cross-cultural variance and grammatical language features associated with the linguistic syndrome of subject prominence.