Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics
at the University of Konstanz

Issue CXXX: April 2019

Universitaet Konstanz

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This is the 130th 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 April 2019 as well as short reports abut events, presentations, etc. in March 2019.

New to Konstanz

We welcome Marina Janka, who has joined Miriam Butt’s group as of March 2019 as a researcher in a project on “Framing” (Miriam Butt, Regine Eckardt and Katharina Holzinger are Co-PIs) within the EXC 2035. Her office is located in the Y building, where the EXC 2035 is now housed.

We also welcome Nathalie Czeke! She is joining the department as a Ph.D. student with Christiane Ulbrich and Theo Marinis. To start off her project she will be working together with Janet Werker at the UBC Infant Studies Centre in Vancouver (CAN), where she has spent two consecutive stays as a student research assistant before. Her one year research stay is funded by the DAAD.

By April 1st, Shen-An Chang will join P5 on “Self-addressed questions”. Shen-An has recently passed her MA in Anglistik at the University of Tübingen and plans to work on self-addressed questions in her native language, Taiwanese Chinese. A warm welcome to Shen-An!

And finally we also welcome Maryam Mohammadi to Konstanz! She will join Todor Koev's Emmy Noether project "Parenthetical Meaning".

Visiting Konstanz

Sarah von Grebmer zu Wolfsthurn will be visiting the department from April to June 2019. Sarah is one of the early stage researchers of the MultiMind Project. She is doing her PhD with Niels O. Schiller at Leiden University, NL, in a project called “Cross-linguistic transfer effects in bilingual speakers and the role of typological distance and cognate status during processing of grammatical gender”, co-supervised by Theo Marinis. In Konstanz, she will collect EEG data from German-Spanish bilinguals.

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

in April

  • Members of our department are presenting several parts of their work at the workshop Doing Experiments with Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam on April 4th:
    • Anna Czypionka and Josef Bayer will give a talk on "Licensing and Locality in German wh-questions with discourse particles".
    • Anna Czypionka, Anne-Sophie Hufer, and Tanja Kupisch will present a poster with the title "Ongoing article grammaticalization in German: Experimental evidence and corpus data".
    • Joanna Błaszczak, Anna Czypionka, and Dorota Klimek-Jankowska will present a poster on “Understanding categories: An assessment of the "verbal" P200 in ERP measurements".
    • Dorota Klimek-Jankowska, Anna Czypionka, and Joanna Błaszczak will present a poster entitled “The domain of interpretation of perfective and imperfective aspect: Breaching theoretical and psycholinguistic approaches".
  • Katharina Zahner will be giving an invited talk at the University of Cologne on April 29th as part of the colloquium in the phonetics department. The talk will be on "The effect of pitch accent type on stress processing: Towards unravelling the underlying mechanisms".

in March

  • Natasha Korotkova gave two invited talks in March on "Subjective language" for the Interdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics at the Arizona State University in Phoenix, and on "Hearsay and (non-) commitment" at Semantics Babble at the University of California, San Diego.
  • George Walkden gave an invited talk at the workshop Whither reanalysis? at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on March 1st, with the title “Against mechanisms”.
  • The following members of our department presented their work at the DGfS 2019 conference in Bremen on from March 6th to 8th.
    • Doris Penka gave a talk on "A closer look at concessive at least in English and German".
    • Andreas Trotzke and Xavier Villalba gave a talk on "Encoding emotion in discourse: A cross-linguistic approach to that-exclamatives".
    • Ramona Wallner gave a talk on "Prosodic focus restrictions are clues to French wh-in-situ interrogatives".
  • Anna Czypionka, Mariya Kharaman, Josef Bayer, Maribel Romero and Carsten Eulitz presented a poster with the title "Comparing licensing processes at the interfaces of syntax, semantics and pragmatics" at the 32nd Annual CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing at the University of Colorado Boulder from March 29th to 31st.

More News

Research Unit "Questions at the Interfaces" receives funding!
It's official: our Research Unit "Questions at the Interfaces" has received funding for three more years, 2019-2022. Congratulations to everyone!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the three-year research project "Uncovering Verb-Second Effects. An Interface-Based Typology" was successful!
It will start on April 1st and is a joint French-German project, which is financed by the DFG and the ANR and investigates verb second effects in a range of non-(exact) verb second languages with basic SVO or SOV word order (Basque, Kyrgiz, Kazak, Uzbek, Sorbian as well as Old and Modern Romance). The project is directed by Georg A. Kaiser, along with Maia Duguine (IKER CNRS – UMR 5478, Bayonne/France). The major collaborators are Ekaterina Chernova (Bayonne) and Michael Zimmermann (Konstanz).

The DAAD has granted a project supporting the exchange of researchers between the University of Konstanz and the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka for 2019/2020 to Miriam Butt. Our warmest congratulations!
The project is entitled "Developing Computational Grammars for the National Languages of Sri Lanka” and will allow us to welcome Sarveswaran Kengatharaiye back to Konstanz as part of his PhD studies as well as Professor Gihan Dias from the University of Moratuwa.

We also congratulate Nicole Dehé, who is a co-proposer of a project on "Ditransitives in Insular Scandinavian", funded for three years by RannÍs (The Icelandic Research Fund). Co-PIs of the project are Jóhannes G. Jónsson (University of Iceland) and Cherlon Ussery (Carleton College), co-proposers are Nicole Dehé (Konstanz), Einar Freyr Sigurðsson (University of Iceland), Jim Wood (Yale University) and Hjalmar P. Petersen (University of the Faroe Island). The project will start on June 1st.

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Bögel, Tina, Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King. 2019. Urdu morphology and beyond: Why grammars should not live without finite-state methods. In C. Condoravdi and T. H. King, eds., Tokens of Meaning: Papers in Honor of Lauri Karttunen, 439–465. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
  • Butt, Miriam. 2019. Complex Predicates and Multidimensionality in Grammar. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology (LILT) 17. (online access)

Acquisitions of the Library

Van Craenenbroeck, Jeroen: Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis
Leiss, Elisabeth: Zukunft von Grammatik - Die Grammatik der Zukunft

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