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Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz

Issue CLXXXIX: March 2024

This is the 189th 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 2024 as well as short reports about events, presentations, etc. in February 2023.

Leaving Konstanz

Colin Davis is leaving us this month to take up a permanent position as Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics at Nord University (Bodø, Norway). We will miss Colin, and wish him all the best in his new role!

This March is also the last month that Ulrike Schneider, who has been working with us as substitute professor in English linguistics, will be in Konstanz. We’d like to thank Ulrike for all her hard work and positive energy, and wish her all the best for the future!

Visiting Konstanz

From March 1st to May 31st, we will have Zuzana Nadova staying as a guest at our department. Zuzana is a Ph.D. student in the program Language Acquisition in Multilingual Settings at the University of the Basque Country in Spain.The title of her Ph.D. thesis is The Acquisition and Processing of Telicity in L2 English by Slovak and Spanish Learners: The Effects of L1, Individual Differences and Task Type. During her stay, Zuzana will work with Anna Czypionka on how to approach interindividual differences in experimental research. She is also interested in everything related to multilingualism, language acquisition, data analysis and verb types, and keen to exchange ideas on psycholinguistic methods. To get in touch with her, write to

Events at/by the Department

Department and Research Colloquium in February


PhD Students' Talk
Qi Yu: Towards a More In-Depth Automated Framing Detection: Synergizing NLP Techniques and Formal Semantics

Molly Rolf: Tracking case 'loss' in Balkan Slavic with corpus data

in March

21.-22.03.2024 Konstanz Linguistics Conference
The Konstanz Linguistic Conference aims to provide early career researchers working in all fields of Linguistics an opportunity to get together in a relaxed atmosphere to present their research in oral and poster presentations and exchange ideas.

in Ferbuary

05.02.2024 Inaugural Lecture
Malinka Pila: The Resian micro-language in Northern Italy and its position between Slavic and Romance

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

In March

  • Angelika Golegos and Theodoros Marinis will give a talk at the Konstanz Linguistics Conference entitled Processing pronoun ambiguity in German - evidence for a developmental path in primary school children.

In February

  • Sophie Kutscheid gave an invited talk titled Be careful what you wish for… Bouletic bias in German questions as part of the workshop “Attitudinal meaning in prosody” at the DGfS in Bochum.
  • David Diem and Molly Rolf gave a talk titled Constrained by FOFC: a shift back to head-finality in Alemannic verb clusters at the workshop 'Constraining Linearization' at the annual conference of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS) in Bochum on February 28th.
    As an addition to this, Molly Rolf also gave a solo talk at the same workshop entitled Applying FOFC to the nominal domain: case and adposition typology.


In March, Nicole Dehé, Angela James, Meike Rommel and Christiane Ulbrich will be back in Manitoba for data collection as part of Dehé/Ulbrich’s DFG research project on Heritage Icelandic.

More News

  • On 20th February, Angelika Golegos and Monika Lindauer gave a training course entitled Early Childhood Language Development and Multilingualism for the Konstanz day care association. Further information can be found here.
  • The Centre for Multilingualism participated on the 24th of February (2-5pm) at the celebration of the International Mothertongue Day organised by the City of Konstanz at Treffpunkt Petershausen. Theo Marinis and Simone Waitz gave a talk on Multilingualism at pre-school and primary school age, advised families about how to raise their children with more than one language and used an interactive activity with the wheel of fortune to raise children’s awareness about languages and multilingualism. More information can be found here.

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Piccione, Mariapaola, M. Ferin, N. Furlani, M. Geiss, T. Marinis & T. Kupisch. Forthcoming. On the role On the Role of Informal vs. Formal Experience in Italian–German Primary School Children. "Languages".
  • Ferin, Maria, Theo Marinis & Tanja Kupisch. Forthcoming. The acquisition of rhetorical questions in bilingual children with Italian as a heritage language. "Bilingualism: Language and Cognition".
  • Englert, C., I. Venagli, T. Kupisch. Forthcoming. When multilingualism is more than three: On the nature of gender transfer in L3+ acquisition. "Second Language Research".
  • Laméris, Tim, Maki Kubita, T. Kupisch, J. Cabrelli, Neal Snape, J. Rothman. Forthcoming. Language change in Japanese-English bilingual returnee children over the course of five years: evidence from accent-rating. "Second Language Research".
  • Gyllstad, Henrik, Tanja Kupisch & Lloyd-Smith Anika. Forthcoming. Development and initial validation of a yes/no vocabulary test for North Sámi. "International Journal of Applied Linguistics".
  • Rehn, Alexandra. 2024. A new perspective on parallel inflection with reference to Old High German and Alemannic. In: Kristin Bech & Alexander Pfaff (eds.). “Noun phrases in early Germanic languages.” Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Dehé, Nicole and Meike Rommel. 2024. The intonation of declaratives and polar questions in Modern versus Heritage Icelandic. In: Rajiv Rao (ed.), “The Phonetics and Phonology of Heritage Languages”, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 259-279.
  • Bayer, Josef. 2023. Syntaktische Form und interpretative Lücken. Epenthese in der Syntax. "Linguisten-Seminar. Forum japanisch-germanischer Sprachforschung". Band 6. München. Iudicium-Verlag. pp 9-44 (Lingbuzz)
  • Barrientos, Fernanda. 2024. Out with the old, in with the new: contrasts involving new features with acoustically salient cues are more likely to be acquired than those that redeploy L1 features. Frontiers in Language Sciences 3. (online access)
  • The Handbook of Lexical Functional Grammar has now been published!
    It provides 2000+ pages of reading joy and features contributions by (ex-)Konstanzers: Tina Bögel, Hannah Booth and Miriam Butt.
  • Dehé, Nicole, Moritz Jakob, Meike Rommel & Christiane Ulbrich, C. The intonation of declaratives, polar questions and wh-questions in two varieties of Faroese. In: O. Niebuhr & M, Svensson Lundmark (eds), Proc. 13th Nordic Prosody Conference: Applied and Multimodal Prosody Research, Sonderborg, Denmark (online access).

Acquisitions of the Library

  • Hill, Romi Aobao: Syntactic constraints on the morphophonology of reduplication: a theoretical and computational perspective
  • Özer, Anil: Topic modeling: a comparison of traditional vs state-of-the-art methods
  • McCulloch, Gretchen: Because Internet: understanding how language is changing
  • Pellis, Ugo: Atlante linguistico italiano: Vol. 10, La società: nella bottega e al mercato - al ballo - l'incendio - un fattaccio - giustizia e negozi giuridici - disuguaglianze sociali - le istituzioni: carte 952-1072
  • Glasenapp, Bianca: Der Auxiliarisierungsprozess des lateinischen Verbs habere im Spätlatein
  • Language learning journal; Volume 51 (2023)
  • Language typology and universals; Volume 76 (2023)
  • Linguistics; Volume 61 (2023)
  • Sprachwissenschaft; Band 47 (2022)
  • Symposium/Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University; Volume 77 (2023)
  • Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft; Band 42 (2023)
  • Muttersprache/Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache (GfdS) Jahrgang 133 (2023)
  • Revista internacional de linguística iberoamericana; volumen 21,2 = N°2 (42)
  • Studi di grammatica italiana / a cura dell'Accademia della Crusca; Volume 42

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