Reading, research, and interest groups
Interdisciplinary Logic Colloquium The interdisciplinary logic colloquium is a joint effort of several departments at the university of Konstanz, aimed at fostering cross-disciplinary communication. Its sessions have spawned new collaborations between members of the Konstanz semantics community. The colloquium usually features four talks per semester. (Note: the colloquium has its own mailing list, which you can subscribe to on its website).
Coordinator: Antje Rumberg
’SuP: Graduate student reading group in semantics and pragmatics
Meets weekly during the semester. Regular meetings are restricted to graduate students. Occassionally, the group hosts visitors and invites all interested parties.
Organized by Gisela Disselkamp, Erlinde Meertens, and Mark-Matthias Zymla.
The Constance Causal Connection (CCC)
An informal association (and sometimes reading group) of researchers interested in the representation of causal dependencies in formal semantics. Organized the Workshop on modeling causal dependencies in formal semantics in May 2017. Currently somewhat dormant, but contact Sven Lauer if you want to be kept up to date about activities.
Core members: Eva Csipak, Arno Goebel, Sven Lauer, Antje Rumberg
Research projects with third-party funding
FOR 2111: Questions at the Interfaces
This DFG Research Unit investigates question formation, with a particular emphasis on non-canonical questions. It combines expertise from theoretical, computational and experimental linguistics as well as visual analytics to study how different components of grammar interface with one another to signal a particular meaning. The Research Unit features various projects with an emphasis on semantics and pragmatics of questions.
FOR 1614: What If? On the meaning, relevance, and epistemology of counterfactual claims and thought experiments
This DFG Research Unit investigates counterfactual and other conditionals from linguistic, philosophical, historical and literary studies perspectives. It features various projects relating to the semantics and pragmatics of conditional sentences, from linguistic and philosphical angles.
LA 3880: What is it to ask a question? — A formal-pragmatic investigation of interrogative force
This DFG Emmy Noether Junior Research Group investigates the sentential force of interrogative sentences. It complements FOR2111 in being focused mainly on (formally) canonical interrogatives, but it also features subprojects on rhetorical uses of interrogatives and infinitival and ‘practical’ interrogatives.
Tense and aspect in multilingual semantic construction
This project, funded by the Nuance Foundation, aims at identifyng the relevant morphological pieces and to devise a computationally viable semantic representation of tense and aspect for a diverse collection of languages that have been developed by participants in the ParGram Project, such as English, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Urdu and Wolof.