Aktuelles und Termine

    •  The Research Unit Questions at the Interfaces (QI) which started in April 2016, will be organizing a two-day workshop on interrogation in Romance for doctoral students, 18 and 19 May. All kinds of methodological approaches will be welcome, including theoretical as well as empirical working projects. The workshop is intended to be a networking event, offering a platform for exchanging ideas, methodological problems, and results with regard to research on Romance interrogatives. QI is dedicated to investigating question formation, with a particular emphasis on non-canonical questions (e.g., rhetorical, echo, self-addressed, suggestive). This Research Unit (RU) combines expertise from theoretical, computational and experimental linguistics as well as visual analytics to study how different components of grammar (morphology, syntax, phonology) interface with one another to signal a particular meaning.
    • Modeling causal dependencies in formal semantics, Monday, May 22, 10:00-17:30 in Y-132: Causal dependencies play a large role in the interpretation of natural language sentences. This has been recognized for a long time, but until fairly recently, it was not directly reflected in the practice of linguistic semanticists. Only since the mid-2000s, pioneering researchers (Schulz, 2007, 2001; Kaufman 2013, a.o.) have proposed models that explicitly represent those dependencies. At first, the main concern of these theorists has been the semantics and interpretation of conditional sentences. This workshop showcases ongoing work(-in-progress) on the representation of causal dependencies in the context of formal semantics, bringing together a recognized expert on the topic and a number of young researchers at the University of Konstanz. Invited Speaker: Katrin Schulz, Universiteit van Amsterdam

    • The 22nd International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference , 25-27 July 2017, welcomes work within the formal architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar as well as typological, formal, and computational work within the 'spirit of LFG' as a lexicalist approach to  language employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The conference aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested in non-derivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the interaction of (perhaps violable) constraints from multiple levels of structuring, including those of syntactic categories, grammatical relations, semantics and discourse. Deadline for call for papers  is 15 February 2017, 23:59 GMT.
    • From 26 to 28 July, the Linguistics Department will host What is a Verb?, the latest conference in the CoGS series (International Conferences on the Cross-linguistic Comparison of Indo-Germanic and Semitic Languages). Organized by Dr. Eva Smolka and Prof. Dr. Dorit Ravid, this conference explores whether and how the meaning of (complex) verbs is processed and represented in lexical memory, and how this may differ across languages. In contrast to previous cross-linguistic comparisons, we are interested in contrasting languages like German, Dutch, and English on the one hand and Hebrew and Arabic on the other hand, belonging to two completely different language families – Germanic and Semitic, respectively. We ask how the different typological features of these languages affect the processing of verbs – in healthy adults, in children who are in the process of learning the language, and in patients who have experienced language loss.
    • Das Lehrveranstaltungsangebot des Fachbereichs Sprachwissenschaft für das Sommersemester 2016/17 finden Sie im Portal für Lehre (LSF).