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 7–9, 2018
    Meaning in non-canonical questions.
    A workshop organized by FOR2111: Questions at the Interfaces.
    Invited speakers: Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers), Donka Farkas (Santa Cruz), Benjamin Spector (Jean Nicod), Malte Zimmermann (Potsdam).

  • 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).

Other news

  • 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!