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Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz

Issue CXXXI: May 2019

This is the 131st 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 May 2019 as well as short reports about events, presentations, etc. in April 2019. 

Events at/by the Department

in May

  • On May 23rd is taking place a project report on P1: Questions as licensers: Experimental evidence for a new long-distance licensing phenomenon at the interfaces

in April

  • Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh) gave a talk on April 4th: Have you any idea what’s going on? Have-raising and its loss in Scotland
  •  On April 25th took place a Constitutional meeting of the 2nd round of the FOR2111

Department and Research Colloquium in May

02.05 Jona Sassenhagen (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt): Triangulating Meaning between Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Neuroscience
09.05 George Walkden: Parataxis and hypotaxis: formal and empirical perspectives
16.05 Rajesh Bhatt (University of Massachusetts, Amrest): Implications of Feature Realization in Hindi-Urdu: Copular Sentences and Fake Indexicals 

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

in May

in April

Anna Czypionka and Josef Bayer gave a talk on "Licensing and Locality in German wh-questions with discourse particles".

Anna Czypionka, Anne-Sophie Hufer, and Tanja Kupisch presented a poster with the title "Ongoing article grammaticalization in German: Experimental evidence and corpus data".

Joanna Błaszczak, Anna Czypionka, and Dorota Klimek-Jankowska presented a poster on “Understanding categories: An assessment of the "verbal" P200 in ERP measurements".

Dorota Klimek-Jankowska, Anna Czypionka, and Joanna Błaszczak presented a poster entitled “The domain of interpretation of perfective and imperfective aspect: Breaching theoretical and psycholinguistic approaches".


Andreas Trotzke, Katharina Kaiser, and Ramona Wallner participated in the kick-off workshop of Trotzke's DAAD project "Surprise questions from a comparative perspective" (PROCOPE funding scheme). The meeting took place at Université Paris Diderot/CNRS Laboratoire de linguistique formelle Paris (Labex) from April 16 to April 18.

Julia Bacskai-Atkari will present a poster entitled “Relative features and lower complementisers in West-Germanic comparatives” at the workshop Germanic Sandwich 2019 (GS2019) at the University of Amsterdam, 23–24 May.

More News

On April 11, Andreas Trotzke has been awarded the title Adjunct Professor (Außerplanmäßiger Professor) by the Faculty of Humanities (Geisteswissenschaftliche Sektion) of the University of Konstanz.

The first meeting of the newly founded network of Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinators from the Philologies will take place in Konstanz on 2nd and 3rd May 2019. Christina Bohle, Institutional Erasmus+ Coordinator at the Philipps-Universität Marburg and Melanie Hochstätter, Erasmus+ Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities in Konstanz, have jointly invited colleagues from their respective partner institutions to this inaugural meeting to discuss topics relevant in student and staff mobility and internationalisation in general.
The programme is available at the network website. Everyone interested in any of the talks/workshops is welcome to join! The meeting takes place in the conference room on K7.

Farhat Jabeen and Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie (University of Nantes) have been accepted for a talk in ICPhS' 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".

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Zahner, Katharina, Kutscheid, Sophie & Braun, Bettina 2019. Alignment of f0 peak in different pitch accent types affects perception of metrical prominence. Journal of Phonetics, 74, 75-95. (online access)

  •   The following papers have been accepted for publication:

    Dehé, Nicole & Bettina Braun. The intonation of information seeking and rhetorical questions in Icelandic. To appear in: Journal of Germanic Linguistics.

    Dehé, Nicole & Bettina Braun. The prosody of rhetorical questions in English. To appear in: English Language and Linguistics.

Acquisitions of the Library

  • Heringer, Hans Jürgen: Interkulturelle Kommunikation
  • Féry, Caroline: Oxford handbook of information structure

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