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).

Current visitors

  • 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!