Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics
at the University of Konstanz


Issue CXXVI: December 2018


Universitaet Konstanz


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This is the 126th issue of the Newsletter published by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. It covers informations about the plans of the members of the department in December 2018 as well as short reports abut events, presentations, etc. in November 2018.


Events at/by the Department

in December

Miriam Butt is organizing a workshop on Word Order in Scandinavian languages together with Annie Zaenen (Stanford University) and Elisabet Engdahl (University of Gothenburg) on December 13th and 14th in Konstanz. More information about the workshop and the program can be found here.


Department and Research Colloquium in December
06.12.Theodoros Marinis: Acquiring definite and indefinite articles across languages and groups: L2 children, children with SLI and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
13.12.Todor Koev: t.b.a.


Department and Research Colloquium in November
15.11.Jan Casalicchio: Acquiring a minority language in a trilingual society: the influence of German and Italian on a Rhaeto-romance variety
22.11.Federica Cognola (Roma): On the expletive element da in Cimbrian: description and analysis
29.11.Harald Clahsen: Do bilingual children lag behind?


Save the Date!
The Department of Linguistics will host next year's CGSW (34th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop/CGSW 34, June 2019). More information can be found here.

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

in December
  • At the same conference, Katharina Zahner & Bettina Braun are giving a talk with the title "F0 peaks are a necessary condition for German infants’ perception of stress in metrical segmentation."
  • Tina Bögel will give an invited talk on "Frequency effects and prosodic boundary strength" at the Phonology Colloqium of the University of Frankfurt on December 5th.
  • George Walkden is the guest speaker at the 40th Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, which takes place in Leiden on 14th December. His talk will be on “Scandinavians and verb-second in Northumbrian Old English”.
  • On December 17th Georg A. Kaiser is invited to the workshop Approches socio-linguistiques de la distance (’Sociolinguistic approaches of distance’) at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne where he presents a paper on "Contact de langues et distance typologique" (’Language contact and typological distance’).

in November
  • Sophie Egger and Bettina Braun gave a talk on "What does it take to make a question biased? – Evidence from perception data" at the Workshop on Prosody and Meaning as part of the 22nd SemDial in Aix-en-Provence, France on November 8th.
  • Ramona Wallner also presented her work at the Workshop on Prosody and Meaning in a talk entitled "Givenness and prosody, how French wh-in-situ questions are not linked to givenness".
  • On November 9th Georg A. Kaiser presented together with Klaus von Heusinger (Universität zu Köln) a paper on "Structure and nature of the wh-phrase and word order effects in Romance interrogatives" at the IX NEREUS International Workshop 'Morphosyntactic and semantic aspects of the DP in Romance and beyond’ at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.
  • Alexandra Rehn and Ellen Brandner organized a workshop on "Dialectal variation vs. Standardization and Models of Language Change" at the SaRDiS conference (Saarbrücker Runder Tisch für Dialeksyntax/ Saarbrücken Roundtable of Dialect Syntax) which took place from November 9th to 10th.
  • George Walkden gave a talk with the title “Proto-Indo-European: a language without Merge?” at the departmental colloquium at Tübingen on November 12th.
  • Carmen Widera gave a talk with the title "La variation de l’emploi du pronom sujet explétif en français moderne - une analyse microdiachronique de l’oral" ('Variation in the use of expletive subject pronouns in modern French - a microdiachronic analysis of spoken French') at the conference 50 ans de linguistique sur corpus oraux : Apports à l'étude de la variation that took place at the Université d'Orléans, France from November 15th to 17th.
  • On November 19th, Nicole Dehé gave a talk at Málvísindakaffi, University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The title was "Prepositions and case assignment in North American Icelandic -- The lexicon-morphology Interface".
  • On November 23th Georg A. Kaiser gave a talk together with Simon Dold at the International conference Biblias hispánicas: traducción vernácula en la Edad Media y Renacimiento. The title of the talk was: "La interpolación del sujeto (y otros constituyentes) en la oraciones interrogativas. Un estudio basado en traducciones bíblicas a lenguas iberorromances medievales" (‘The interpolation of the subject (and other constituents) in interrogatives. A study based on Bible translations into Medieval Iberoromance languages’) in Palma de Mallorca.
  • Natasha Korotkova gave an invited talk entitled "The subjective heart of evidentiality" at the University of Göttingen on November 27th .
  • In this workshop, Katharina Zahner & Bettina Braun also presented a poster entitled „F0 is not enough – when museum does not active musical in Australian English“. This work goes back to the collaboration between SpeechNet BaWü and Anne Cutler, the MARCS Institute.

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Bayer, Josef. 2018. Criterial freezing in the syntax of particles. In J. Hartmann, M. Jäger, A. Kehl, A. Konietzko & S. Winkler (eds.), Freezing: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Domains. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 225-263.
  • The article "When verbs have bugs: Lexical and syntactic processing costs of split particle verbs in sentence comprehension" by Anna Czypionka, Felix Golcher, Joanna Błaszczak, Carsten Eulitz, to appear in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, is now available online.
  • The article "Lexical case marking affects the processing of animacy in simple verbs, but not particle verbs: evidence from event-related potentials" by Anna Czypionka & Carsten Eulitz, in Glossa, is also available online.
  • Patra, Abhijeet, Arpita Bose & Theodoros Marinis. 2018. Performance difference in verbal fluency in bilingual and monolingual speakers. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition. ISSN 1469-1841.
  • Schwarze, Christoph. 2018. Word formation in LFG-based layered morphology and two- level semantics. In: O. Bonami, G. Boyé, G. Dal, H. Giraudo & F. Namer (eds.), The lexeme in descriptive and theoretical morphology. Berlin: Language Science Press. 487– 508.
  • Sundaray, Shamala, Theodoros Marinis & Arpita Bose. 2018. Comprehending non-literal language: effects of aging and bilingualism. Frontiers in Psychology 9. 2230. ISSN 1664-1078.


Acquisitions of the Library

Di Paolo, Ezequiel A.: Linguistic Bodies
Fischer, Susann: Definiteness Effects
Lieber, Rochelle: Introducing Morphology
Moravcsik, Edith A.: Introducing Language Typology
Pereltsvaig, Asya: Languages of the World
Schemann, Hans: Idiomatische Sprachzeichen
Trotzke, Andreas: Sprachevolution






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