Newsletter of the Department of Linguistics
at the University of Konstanz

Issue CXI: September 2017

Universitaet Konstanz

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This is the 111th 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 September 2017 as well as short reports abut events, presentations, etc. in August 2017.

Leaving Konstanz

Clara Huttenlauch will start a PhD position in Potsdam on September 15th. The position is within the CRC 1287 on "Limits of Variability in Language" in the project B01 with Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger and Dr. Sandra Hanne. We say goodbye and wish the best of luck!

Events at the Department

in September

Workshop "Questioning Speech Acts"
From September 14th to 16th the Workshop on Questioning Speech Acts jointly organized by Project P5 of FOR2111 and the Emmy Noether Group What is it to ask a question? will take place at Freiräume, Konstanz. The program can be found on the worksop website. Anyone who is interested in participating should register via the website until September 7th (the registration is free).

Summer School
From September 18th to 28th, the University of Konstanz offers a summer school programme on the subject "Multilingualism in Western Europe: France and Spain". The programme is organised by the Departments of Literature and Linguistics at the University of Konstanz together with the German-French University (DFH) and is supported by the Centre IKER / UMR 5478-CNRS (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour et Université Bordeaux Montaigne) and the Etxepare Basque Institute. The programme will be coordinated by Georg A. Kaiser (Department of Linguistics, Konstanz), Ricardo Etxepare (IKER/UMR 5478-CNRS) and Pere Joan Tous (Department of Literature, Konstanz).

Multilingualism Conference
The Center for Multilingualism (directed by Tanja Rinker) is organizing a one-day international conference on "Multilingualism in kindergarten and schools - common challenges and common paths" that will be held at the Kloster Hegne, Hotel St. Elisabeth on September 23rd. The conference is the official closing event of the two year transfer project "Multilingualism in day care and primary schools", that the Center for Multilingualism carried out in cooperation with the school board in Konstanz, the department for daycare centers of the City of Konstanz as well as the Italian Consulate in Stuttgart/Freiburg. Local, national and international speakers are: Dr. Tanja Rinker, Frank Fuchshuber, Ramona Baumgartner (Universität Konstanz); Evrim Bayram, Julia Sommer (Stadt Konstanz); Prof. Steffi Sachse, Prof. Jens Kratzmann, Beyhan Ertanir (Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg und Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt); Prof. Janet Grijzenhout (Universiteit Leiden); Prof. Julia Festman (Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol), Dr. Vasiliki Chondrogianni (University of Edinburgh); Prof. Claudine Kirsch (Université du Luxembourg). More information can be found on the event website of the Center for Multilingualism. Interested members of the department are welcome. Please register by September 15th (

Conferences, Workshops and Presentations

in September
  • Marieke Einfeldt, Tanja Kupisch and Mechild Tronnier (University of Lund) will give a talk on "The acquisition of Italian geminates by L1 German and Swedish speakers in production and perception" at the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (4th to 7th September in Chania (Crete), Greece).
  • George Walkden will also present his work at the DiGS19 in a talk with the title "Early Germanic preposition stranding revisited".
  • Clara Huttenlauch, Tina Bögel, and Bettina Braun will present a poster with the title "Speech errors in the L1, triggered by code switches from the L2 " at the AMLaP 2017 which is held from September 7th to 9th in Lancaster, UK.
  • On September 12th George Walkden will give a talk on "Exceptions to V2 in Estonian (and Kiezdeutsch)" (with Virve Vihman), at Societas Linguistica Europaea in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • George Walkden will giva a talk on "Parsing-Entscheidungen im CHLG (Parsing decisions in the Corpus of Historical Low German)" (with Anne Breitbarth and Sheila Watts), at the Workshop on Reference Corpora of German in Rauischholzhausen on September 28th.
  • Talina Weber, Muna Schönhuber and Janet Grijzenhout will present a poster on "The prosody of yes/no-questions in German first language acquisition" at the P&P 13: Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft in Berlin (28th to 29th September).
  • Farhat Jabeen and Bettina Braun will also present a poster at the P&P 13 with the title "New information vs. corrective focus: Perception of duration differences in Urdu/Hindi".
  • Nathalie Czeke and Monika Lindauer will participate in the Drongo Language Festival from September 29th to 30th in Utrecht. Together with other researchers of the AThEME project, they will present research on bilingualism and research methods of the Konstanz BabySpeechLab.

in August
  • Christin Schätzle gave a talk together with Hannah Booth (University of Manchester) on "Subjects, Case and Word Order Change in Icelandic: A Corpus Study" at the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) which was taking place in San Antonio from July 31st to August 4th.
  • Janina Reinhardt talked about the didactic implementation of morphosyntactic and intonational variation in French as a foreign language: "Teaching interrogatives in FLE: Comment enseigner la variation morphosyntaxique et intonative des interrogatives directes?" at the AFLS Conference.
  • Talina Weber, Muna Schönhuber and Janet Grijzenhout gave a talk on "Intonation of polar questions produced by 2.5 to 4-year-olds" at the ProPro Workshop that took place from August 31st to September 1st in Tübingen.

Publications by Members of the Department

  • Butt, Miriam and Ashwini Deo. 2017. Developments into and out of Ergativity: Indo-Aryan diachrony. In Jessica Coon, Diane Massam and Lisa Demena Travis (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity, 530--552. Oxford University Press.
  • Butt, Miriam. 2017. Hindi-Urdu and Related Languages. In Jessica Coon, Diane Massam and Lisa Demena Travis (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity, 807-831. Oxford University Press.

Acquisitions of the Library

Handbook of quantifiers in natural language; Volume 2
Hamilton, Heidi Ehernberger: Language and communication in old age
Fuchs, Susanne: Individual differences in speech production and perception
Akmajian, Adrian: Linguistics
Grüter, Theres: Input and experience in bilingual development

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