Welcome to Lakeside semantics & pragmatics, a website that showcases research(ers) on meaning and interpretation of natural language, broadly construed, at the University of Konstanz.

The members of the semantics & pragmatics community are distributed over several departments of the university, most nobably linguistics and philosophy. They engage in various activities, and regularly organize events.

Many of the researchers at various career stages are employed in projects with third-party funding. The vibrant community is frequently enriched by visitors.

Upcoming events

  • June 26, 2018
    Kyle Rawlins (Johns Hopkins University)
    Kyle will give a talk in the seminar Pragmatics III: Representing awareness and attention in formal discourse models, taught by María Biezma and Arno Goebel, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 11:45am in Room G-307. Even though this talk is held as part of a class, all interested parties are welcome!

  • June 26th - 3:15-4:45pm, ‘Mac Room’
    Tharanga Weerasooriya (University of Ottawa)
    The grammar of the particles -hari and -da in Sinhala (’SuP talk)

  • June 27–29, 2018
    TripleA 5: The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages.
    The TripleA workshop series aims at providing a forum for semanticists doing fieldwork on understudied languages. Its focus is on languages from Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania. Its fifth installment will take place in Konstanz on June 27-29, 2018.
    Invited speakers: Rajesh Bhatt (Amherst), Claire Halpert (Minnesota), Andrew Koontz-Garboden (Manchester), Jozina Vander Klok (Oslo).

  • July 3, 2018, 3:15 -4:45
    Izabela Jordanoska and Muriel Assman (University of Vienna)
    Towards an unalternative account of focus size in morphologically focus-marking languages (’SuP talk)

Upcoming visitors

  • Kyle Rawlins, Johns Hopkins University.
    June 25 – 27, 2018
    Kyle is Associate Professor at the Cognitive Science Department at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He has worked on the semantics and pragmatics of conditionals, questions, adverbs and modifiers. He is visiting Konstanz with a grant from the Young Scholar Fund to work with María Biezma and Arno Goebel.

  • Muriel Assmann, University of Vienna.
    July 2– 3, 2018
    Muriel is a PhD student at the University of Vienna in the Unalternative Semantics research group, working on focus marking in Wolof and Hausa. For her thesis, she focusses on contrastive topic in French and Brazilian Portugese. She is visiting Konstanz to exchange ideas with various department members and to give a talk at ’SuP.

  • Izabela Jordanoska, University of Vienna.
    July 2– 3, 2018
    Izabela is a PhD student at the University of Vienna, and also a member of the Unalternative Semantics group, working on focus marking in Wolof and Hausa. Her thesis is about information structure-related discourse markers in Wolof. During her stay in Konstanz, she is planning to work with various department members, and to give a ’SuP talk.

Current visitors

  • Tharanga Weerasooriya, University of Ottawa.
    June 19 – 26, 2018
    Tharanga’s projects span a variety of topics such as positive polarity items, exhaustivity and ignorance approached from semantic as well as pragmatic perspectives. He will extend his visit in Konstanz for SALA 34 to work with Maribel Romero and Erlinde Meertens.

  • Laura Vela-Plo, University of the Basque Country.
    April 16 – June 30, 2018
    Laura is a PhD student in syntax-semantics at the University of the Basque Country. Her work concentrates on the syntax-semantics interface, more specifically, on the expression of comparison and degree constructions. During her stay in Konstanz, she will mainly work with Maribel Romero.

Other news

  • Andreas Walker (PhD ’17) will be awarded the Prize of the City of Konstanz for the Advancement of Junior Researchers 2018, for his dissertation The world is not enough: situations, laws and assignments in counterfactual donkey sentences. The ceremony will take place on April 18, 2018, at 6pm, in the Stadtarchiv Konstanz. Afterwards, local semanticists will gather to celebrate Andreas at Old Mary’s Pub.
    Congratulations, Andreas!

  • Todor Koev is a new member of the Konstanz semantics and pragmatics community. Todor joins us from the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, where he was a lecturer after receiving his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2013. In Konstanz, Todor will direct the Emmy Noether group Parenthetical Meaning. Welcome, Todor!

  • The Konstanz semantics & pragmatics community welcomes Sandy Ciroux and Felix Frühauf, two new PhD students in Sven Lauer‘s Emmy Noether group What is it to ask a question? Sandy, who joins us from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, will work mainly on the semantics and pragmatics of rhetorical questions. Felix just finished his Masters degree at the Humboldt University zu Berlin under the direction of Artemis Alexiadou and Manfred Krifka. He will work mainly on the semantics and pragmatics of infinitival and ’practical’ interrogatives.
    Welcome, Sandy and Felix!

  • Natasha Korotkova has joined the lakeside semantics community. Natasha received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2016, and has since worked in the SFB 833: Bedeutungskonstitution: Dynamik und Adaptivität sprachlicher Strukturen at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. In the next three years, Natasha will be connecting the Konstanz and Tübingen semantics communities due to the double affiliation afforded by her grant from the Humboldt foundation. Her grant explores micro-variation in a novel empirical domain: wh-scope marking and interrogative parentheticals in Slavic.
    Welcome, Natasha!