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Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz

Issue CXXXIV: August 2019

This is the 134th 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 August 2019 as well as short reports about events, presentations, etc. in July 2019.

Events at/by the Department

in July

Following talks took place:

  • Friday 5th July: Elena Herburger (Georgetown Unversity): Conditionals with and without then
  • Friday 12th July: Tyler Peterson (Arizona State University): Evidentiality and Pragmatic Blocking in Gitksan
  • Monday 15th July: Laura Devlesschouwer (Universiteit Antwerpen & Université libre de Bruxelles): A new look at Grice’s (1975) 'Logic and Conversation' 

Department and Research Colloquium in July

04.07 Paula Menendez-Benito (Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen): Evidence and Directionality 
11.07 Juhani Järvikivi (Universität Alberta): Personality, Politics and Language (PePoL)

  • Monika Lindauer: Linguisic and sociological factors in the acquisition of German by child heritage speakers. What makes the difference?
  • Anika Lloyd-Smith: Early Italian-German bilinguals acquiring L3 English: What drives transfer from the heritage language?

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

in August

  • Christin Schätzle will give a talk on Visualizing Linguistic Change as Dimension Interactions (joint work with Frederik L. Dennig, Michael Blumenschein, Daniel A. Keim and Miriam Butt) and present a poster on DiaHClust: an iterative hierarchical clustering approach for identifying stages in language change (joint work with Hannah Booth) at the ACL 2019 workshop "1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change“in Florence on August 2nd, 2019.
  • Miriam Butt and Tina Bögel will be giving a talk in August at the University of Melbourne Linguistics Seminar on Urdu/Hindi Questions at the Prosody-Syntax-Pragmatics Interface (joint work with María Biezma and Farhat Jabeen).

  • Farhat Jabeen and Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie (University of Nantes) will give a talk in ICPhS' (August 5th – 9th) satellite workshop on the "Intonational phonology of typologically rare or understudies languages". The title of their talk is Towards a phonological analysis of the rising contours in Urdu/Hindi.

  • Katharina Zahner and Jenny Yu (MARCS Institute) are giving a talk at the "International Congress of Phonetic Sciences" (ICPhS 2019) to be held in Melbourne, Australia from August 5th-9th, 2019. The talk is entitled Compensation strategies in non-native English and German. Katharina was awarded a Gösta Bruce Scholarship towards travel expenses for ICPhS.

  • Tina Bögel will give a talk on Frequency effects and prosodic boundary strength (joint work with Alice Turk, University of Edinburgh) on August 7th at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) in Melbourne.

  • A presentation entitled Towards an Optimized Paradigm for N400-Effect Elicitation in Single-Subject Applications of Carsten Eulitz and Anna-Maria Waibel has been accepted at SNL 2019 - The Eleventh Annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference - in Helsinki, Finland, from 20th-22nd August.

  • Antje Strauß will present a poster entitled Cortical entrainment in the alpha but not theta range predicts speech comprehension in noise at SNL 2019, the annual conference of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language taking place from the 20th to the 22nd of August in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Henri Kauhanen and George Walkden will be presenting at the RUSE Symposium in Manchester on When is a constant rate truly constant? A Monte Carlo power analysis of the logistic operationalization of constant rate effects on 21st August. Frederik Hartmann is presenting on the same day, on Investigating the phonological predictability of sound change using deep neural networks.

  • Andreas Trotzke will give a talk on Emphatic restrictions on V2 constructions across languages and clause types at the SLE 52 conference/University of Leipzig on August 21st-24th.

  • Anika Lloyd-Smith is holding a talk entitled Perceived accent in early bilinguals speaking L3 English: What drives transfer from the heritage language? at EuroSLA in Lund, Sweden from 28th-31st August, 2019.

  • Andreas Trotzke and Tanja Kupisch will give a talk on German particles in second language acquisition: A fresh look at the syntax-discourse interface at the EuroSLA 29 conference/Lund University on August 28th-31st.

in July

  • Andreas Trotzke gave an invited talk on Emphasis for intensity: A new approach to exclamatives at Linguistischer Arbeitskreis/Universität zu Köln on July 3rd.

  • Tanja Rinker and Erkam Ekinci gave a talk on Multilingual classrooms and monolingual mindsets at the 5th anniversary of the Centre for Mulitlingualism on July 5th.

  • Miriam Butt, Saira Bano and Ashwini Deo gave a talk on Achievement Predicates and Tense Paradigms in Hazaragi at the Workshop on the Morphology-Syntax Interface at the LFG19 Conference in Canberra, Australia in July (8th-10th).

  • Miriam Butt and K Sarveswaran presented a poster on Computational Challenges with Tamil Complex Predicates at the LFG19 Conference in Canberra, Australia in July (8th-10th).
  • Christin Schätzle gave a talk on Verb-first and verb-second in the history of Icelandic together with Hannah Booth at the LFG Conference 2019 in Canberra, Australia on July 9th.

  • Erkam Ekinci gave a talk on Multilingual classrooms and monolingual mindsets at the research colloquium of the Binational School of Education on July 9th.

  • Antje Strauß presented a poster entitled Cortical entrainment in the alpha but not theta range predicts speech comprehension in noise at SAMBA 2019, an annual conference in the domain of Cognitive Neuroscience that took place from the 11th to the 12th of July in Salzburg, Austria.

  • Svenja Schmid presented a poster with the title Where is why? – evidence from self-paced reading at the 3rd Crete Summer School of Linguistics at the University of Crete, Greece, from July 13th to 26th.

  • Henri Kauhanen and George Walkden presented a poster at the 5th International Conference on Computational Social Science (17th-20th July, University of Amsterdam) with the title Detecting constant rates of change in language: an a priori Monte Carlo power analysis.


Maribel Romero will give the course Questions at the DGfS Summer School 2019 - Experimental Pragmatics: Theory, Methods, Interfaces. Humboldt University and ZAS, August 5th-16th.

Natasha Korotkova is teaching a class entitled Speech reports at the 31st European Summer School on Language, Logic and Information, to take place at the University of Latvia, August 5th-16th.

Carmen Widera participated in the Lisbon Summer School in Linguistics 2019 from July 1st to 5th and in the XIV Forum for Linguistic Sharing on July 6th, both organized by the Linguistic Research Center of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She gave a talk on O uso de 'ele' em construções impessoais em português europeu – um estudo experimental.

From 3rd June to 20th July 2019 Nicole Dehé was visiting researcher at the Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, Canada. She worked with Prof. Nancy Hedberg and conducted research in the area of prosody and its relationship to syntax.

More News

We congratulate Miriam Butt, who has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea (press release).

George Walkden has received funding from the Volkswagen Foundation for his project Linguistic forecasting. The funding will allow George to be free of teaching for 11 months, starting April 2020, so that he can write a programmatic and exploratory book on the extent to which it is possible to predict language change. Congratulations!

The second MultiMind training school, focusing on multilingualism and neuroscience, took place from 1st-5th July 2019 at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics (CINN) at the University of Reading. From Konstanz, MultiMind PhD students Grazia di Pisa and Sergio Miguel Pereira Soares attended the training.

The Center for Multilingualism of our University is five years old. The anniversary celebration „Mehrsprachigkeit in Konstanz, Europa und der Welt. Perspektiven und Projekte für die Zukunft“ took successfully place on July 5th at the ALM (Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg in Konstanz).

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Widera, Carmen & Georg A. Kaiser. 2019. Asterix e os pronomes sujeitos – uma análise contrastiva do emprego dos pronomens sujeitos no português europeu e brasileiro. In: L. de Castro Moutinho, R.L. Coimbra, E.F. Rei, X. Sousa & A. Gómez Bautista (orgs.), Estudos em variação linguística nas línguas românicas. Aveiro: Universidade de Aveiro, 143-165. (online access)

  • Andreas Trotzke & Sergio Monforte. 2019. Basque question particles: Implications for a syntax of discourse particles. Linguistic Variation. (online access)

  • Laura Dörre & Andreas Trotzke. 2019. The processing of secondary meaning: An experimental comparison of focus and modal particles in wh-questions. In Daniel Gutzmann & Katharina Turgay (eds.), Secondary Content: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Side Issues, 143-167. Leiden: Brill. (online access)

Acquisitions of the Library

  • Conio, Giulia: English L2 morphological acquisition in Italian bilingual children
  • Weber, Franka:  Multilingual codeswitching in letters
  • Braber, Natalie: East Midlands English
  • Boerjars, Kersti: Lexical-functional grammar
  • Bloch-Trojnar, Maria:  Centres and Peripheries in Celtic Linguistics
  • Lachout, Martin: Bilingvismus a bilingvní výchova na příkladu bilingvismu česko-německého
  • Titzmann, Michael: Zeichen(theorie) und Praxis
  • Applied linguistics; Volume 39
  • Italian journal of linguistics; Volume 29
  • Linguistic typology; Volume 22
  • Rivista italiana di dialettologia; 42
  • Nueva revista de filología hispánica; Tomo 66 (2018)
  • Zeitschrift für slavische Philologie; Band 74
  • Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft; Band 37

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