Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics
at the University of Konstanz

Issue CXXIX: March 2019

Universitaet Konstanz

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This is the 129th 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 2019 as well as short reports abut events, presentations, etc. in February 2019.

New to Konstanz

We welcome Elisabeth Süß in Konstanz! She will join Theo Marinis' research group on Multilingualism in March. Her PhD will investigate language abilities of bilingual children.

Visiting Konstanz

Hannah Booth (University of Ghent) is visiting the department until this summer. She is visiting Miriam Butt’s group as part of project D2 of the SFB-TRR 161 and will work with Christin Schätzle on the development of a new syntactically annotated corpus for historical Icelandic as well as the visualization of syntactic change in Icelandic.

Events at/by the Department

Department and Research Colloquium in February
14.02.Jim Scobbie: Fuzziness and indeterminacy around the phonetics / phonology interface

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

in March

  • Natasha Korotkova is giving two invited talks in March on "Subjective language" for the Interdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics at the Arizona State University in Phoenix, and on "Hearsay and (non-) commitment" at Semantics Babble at the University of California, San Diego.
  • George Walkden is giving an invited talk at the workshop Whither reanalysis? at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on March 1st, with the title “Against mechanisms”.
  • The following members of our department will present their work at the DGfS 2019 conference in Bremen on from March 6th to 8th.
    • Doris Penka will give a talk on "A closer look at concessive at least in English and German".
    • Andreas Trotzke and Xavier Villalba will give a talk on "Encoding emotion in discourse: A cross-linguistic approach to that-exclamatives".
    • Ramona Wallner will give a talk on "Prosodic focus restrictions are clues to French wh-in-situ interrogatives".
  • Anna Czypionka, Mariya Kharaman, Josef Bayer, Maribel Romero and Carsten Eulitz will be presenting a poster with the title "Comparing licensing processes at the interfaces of syntax, semantics and pragmatics" at the 32nd Annual CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing at the University of Colorado Boulder from March 29th to 31st.

in February

  • Andreas Trotzke gave invited talks on "Grammatik und Emotion: Pragmatische Evidenz für eine neue Theorie der Exklamative" at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz on February 8th, and on "Nothing special about exclamatives!" at CNRS-IKER/Bayonne on February 12th.
  • George Walkden gave an invited talk at ConSOLE 2019 in Berlin on February 21st, with the title “Parataxis and hypotaxis: formal and empirical perspectives”.


From February 22nd to March 2nd Nicole Dehé and Christiane Ulbrich are in the Faroe Islands to carry out a map task to study Faroese intonation. They are testing in three different locations on different islands to include regional variation.

Josef Bayer is invited by the University of Verona to teach a three-weeks course on German syntax between from March 11th to 29th.

As part of a deepening cooperation between Konstanz and the University of Moratuwa in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Miriam Butt and her group were able to secure DAAD funding for an international spring school on Advanced Language Engineering to be held in Colombo from March 11th to March 25th, 2019. More information on the spring school can be found here. Lecturers from Konstanz include Miriam Butt, Annette Hautli-Janisz, Tanja Kupisch and Jessica Zipf. The school is co-organized by Gihan Dias and Sarves Kengatharaiyer of the University of Moratuwas. Sarves spent a semester in Konstanz as a doctoral student last year.

More News

Our congratulations to Andreas Trotzke who has been appointed General Editor of the new journal "Pedagogical Linguistics," to be published with John Benjamins. More information can be found on the journal's website.

Farhat Jabeen has been accepted for a poster presentation in the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPHS-2019) taking place in Melbourne, Australia in August this year. The title of her poster is "The interpretation of LH intonation contour in Urdu/Hindi".

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Bayard, Clémence, Laura Machart, Antje Strauß, Silvain Gerber, Vincent Aubanel and Jean-Luc Schwartz. 2019. Cued Speech Enhances Speech-in-Noise Perception. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, enz003. (online access)
  • Bochnak, Ryan. 2019. Future reference with and without future marking. Language and Linguistics Compass 13(1). (online access)
  • Lloyd-Smith, Anika, Marieke Einfeldt and Tanja Kupisch. 2019. Italian-German bilinguals: The effects of heritage language use on accent in the early-acquired languages. International Journal of Bilingualism. (online access)
  • Zimmerer, Frank, Mathias Scharinger, Sonia Cornell, Henning Reetz and Carsten Eulitz. 2019. Neural mechanisms for coping with acoustically reduced speech. Brain & Language 191, 46-57.
    Anyone clicking on this link before April 17th, 2019 will be taken directly to the final version of the article on ScienceDirect, which you are welcome to read or download! No sign up, registration or fees are required.
  • The 2018 edition of the LFG Proceedings are now available from CSLI Publications here, edited by Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King.

Acquisitions of the Library

Davies, William Donald: Language Conflict and Language Rights
Handbook of Pragmatics; 21.
Le Bruyn, Bert Simonne Walter: Linguistics in the Netherlands; 2018. 49th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Society of the Netherlands, Utrecht
Meibauer, Jörg: Oxford Handbook of Lying
Wichmann, Martin: Metaphern im Zuwanderungsdiskurs

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