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Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz

Issue CLXXVII: March 2023

This is the 177th 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 March 2023 as well as short reports about events, presentations, etc. in February 2022.

Events at/by the Department

Department and Research Colloquium in February

02.02 Katerina Palasis and Richard Faure (Université Côte d'Azur): Wh-fronting in adult Colloquial and child French: Triggers at the syntax-semantics interface

PhD Students' Talk
Maria Ferin: Rhetorical questions in Italian: lexical-syntactic marking in monolingual and bilingual elicited productions

in March
- 01.03. Talk: Dag Haug (Oslo) Rule-based semantic interpretation using glue semantics for Universal

in February
On February 3rd, from 8:20 am - 4:30 pm, Georg A. Kaiser organized in room E 402 a workshop entitled L’interrogation en français et son acquisition. The workshop was part of a master course Interrogation im Französischen in which invited speakers as well as students gave a lecture.

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

In March

In February

  • Tamara Rathcke was invited to give a talk at the University of Southern Demark in Sonderborg. On 16th February, she discussed her work on political charisma which is part of the ongoing collaborative project at the Konstanz Cluster of In_equality.
  • Colin Davis and David Diem presented a poster titled Doubling, Focus, and Extraction from PP in Alemannic German  at the 48th Incontro di Grammatica Generativa in Florence on Friday 17th February.
  • David Diem gave also a talk titled Alemannic verb doubling is the overt realization of a head movement chai' at the 48th Incontro di Grammatica Generativa in Florence on Friday 17th February.
  • Colin Davis reports the following poster presentation for February 2023: Anti-locality explains the interaction of subjects and parasitic gaps. Incontro di Grammatica Generativa 48, University of Florence.
  • Svenja Schmid and Georg A. Kaiser presented a talk entitled Un estudio cualitativo de textos paralelos sobre las interrogativas ‘por qué’ en las variedades del español peninsular (’A qualitative study of parallel texts on interrogatives with ‘why' in the varieties of peninsular Spanish’) at the XIII. Deutscher Hispanistentag, taking place in Graz from 22th to 27th February.
  • Janina Reinhardt and Svenja Schmid presented a poster titled Corpara. Un corpus de paraliteratura para el aula de ELE at the XIII. Deutscher Hispanistentag in Graz from 22th to 27th February.

More News

  • Abstract submissions are now open for the Musical Minds: Exploring cognitive links between language and music two-day workshop held at the University of Konstanz on 27-28 July 2023. For details on the workshop and details on how to submit, please check out the website. Deadline for abstract is 14th April 2023. Please share this workshop with your colleagues and tag #musicalminds when you do!
  • We are very excited to to hear that Katerina Kalouli will be awarded the Wilhelm von Humboldt Dissertation Prize at this year’s DGfS Conference for her Konstanz dissertation Hy-NLI: a Hybrid system for state-of-the-art Natural Language Inference. The prize will be shared with Maria Bardají i Farré, who wrote on Nominalization in Totoli and other western Austronesian languages.
  • Christin Beck will join the DFG Center for Advanced Studies Words, Bones, Genes, Tools at the University of Tübingen for a four month fellowship from March-June 2023. During the fellowship, Christin will collaborate with Marisa Köllner, working on developing a new methodology for investigating lexical semantic change across language stages which combines the usage of contextualized language models and phylogenetic methodologies for cognate identification. More on the project can be found here.
  • The LFG’22 Proceedings are now on-line via our new host, the KIM at the University of Konstanz. The proceedings are edited by Miriam Butt, Jamie Y. Findlay and Ida Toivonen and feature the following Konstanz contributions:

    Tina Bögel The prosody-syntax interface: A computational implementation

    Miriam Butt, Maria Biezma The syntax and interpretation of Urdu/Hindi polar kya

    Jessica Zipf  Italian pronouns in a CALL setting
  • The recently published paper Emotional responses in Papua New Guinea show negligible evidence for a universal effect of major versus minor music of Eline Adrianne Smit, Andrew J. Milne, Hannah S. Sarvasy, Roger T. Dean was selected as 2022 PLOS One highlight.
  • In the current Winter Quarter of 2023, Todor Koev ("Parenthetical Meaning", Emmy Noether) will be on an exchange abroad at Stanford University, being hosted by Dr. Judith Degen.

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Anika Lloyd-Smith and Tanja Kupisch co-published a Policy Paper entitled Why Language Matters: Inequality perceptions among the Sámi in Sweden and Norway to mark International Mother Language Day, which took place this year on 21st February. You can read the paper here.
  • Lloyd-Smith, A., & Kupisch, T. (2023). Methodological challenges in working with Indigenous communities. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 13(1). (online access)
  • Pila, M. 2023. Strutture slave e romanze in contatto: il periodo ipotetico nelle varietà slovene del Friuli. [Slavic and Romance structures in contact: the hypothetical period in the Slovene varieties of Friuli]. In: F. Biagini & O. Inkova (eds.), “Lingue slave e lingue romanze a confronto: dalla frase al testo” (=mediAzioni, 36), A177-A192. (online access)
  • Florian Hintz, Yung Han Khoe, Antje Strauss, Adam Psomakas, & Judith Holler, (in press). Electrophysiological evidence for the enhancement of gesture-speech integration by linguistic predictability during multimodal discourse comprehension. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Davis, Colin. 2023. Cross-Clausal Scrambling and Subject Case in Balkar: On Multiple Specifiers and the Locality of Movement. With Tatiana Bondarenko. “Syntax”.
  • Davis, Colin. 2023. The Morphology of Case and Possession in Balkar: Evidence That Oblique Cases Contain Accusative. Languages special issue: "Theoretical Studies on Turkic Languages" (ed. Jaklin Kornfilt).
  • Davis, Colin. 2023. Concealed pied-piping in Russian: On left-branch extraction, parasitic gaps, and the nature of discontinuous nominal phrases. With Tatiana Bondarenko. “Syntax”.
  • Davis, Colin. 2023. The Morpho-Syntactic Significance of the Unextractability of English Possessive Pronouns. “Proceedings of the 52nd annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS)”, volume 1. University of Massachusetts Amherst: GLSA Publications.

Acquisitions of the Library

  • Schnekenbühl, Melina: Multimodal machine translation: the case of ambiguity
  • Pascual y Cabo, Diego: Aproximaciones al estudio del español como lengua de herencia
  • Bigot, Davy: Le bon usage québécois: étude sociolinguistique sur la norme grammaticale du français parlé au Québec
  • Casado Velarde, Manuel: Curso de semántica léxica del español
  • Fortuna, Sara: Dante's plurilingualism: authority, knowledge, subjectivity
  • Waltermire, Mark: Mutual influence in situations of Spanish language contact in the Americas
  • Montrul, Silvina: Native speakers, interrupted: differential object marking and language change in heritage languages
  • Alboiu, Gabriela: A life in linguistics: a Festschrift for Alexandra Cornilescu on her 75th birthday
  • Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache. Jahrestagung, 58., 2022, Online: Korpora in der germanistischen Sprachwissenschaft: mündlich, schriftlich, multimedial
  • Studi e saggi linguistici; 59 (2021)
  • Revista internacional de linguística iberoamericana; volumen 20,2 = N°2 (40)
  • Anzeiger für slavische Philologie; Band 49 (2021)
  • Perspectives on Arabic linguistics XXXIV: papers form the Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, Tucson, Arizona, 2020
  • Zeitschrift für arabische Linguistik; 76 (2022)

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