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I am a lecturer in linguistic at the Institute of German Language and Literature at the University of Cologne.

My research interests are in semantics, pragmatics, syntax and their interfaces. I am working on various expressions contributing non- truth-conditional meaning, including expressives, modal particles, sentence mood and verum focus.

More broadly, I am interested in multidimensional semantics, projective meaning, contextual influences on interpretation, the syntax-semantics interface and the question of where to draw the boundary between semantics and pragmatics and how to differentiate between various kinds of meaning.

Download full CV (December 7, 2017)

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Work


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Talks


Talks



Upcoming talks

2018. That damn idiot! Expressives, definite descriptions, and reference. Workshop »Reference determination: literal and non-literal uses of referring expressions«. 40. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS). March 7–9, 2017.

2018. Talk (title tba) at the Colloquium Semantic and Pragmatics (SemPrE). University of Düsseldorf. January 31, 2017.

Recent talks

2017. Varieties of at-issueness and their relation to prominence and other pragmatic issues. Colloquim of Area C of SFB 1252 Prominence in Language. University of Cologne. December 4, 2017.

2017. (with Katharina Turgay) »Irrtum und Heuchelei der Pflanzenesser«. Zur Wahl sprachlicher Mittel in tierrechtsthematischen Beiträgen. »Das freie Tier / hat seinen Untergang stets hinter sich«. Tierethik in Kultur, Literatur und Unterricht. University of Landau. November 30, 2017.

2017. How to get your faultlessness and disagree, too. Towards a multidimensional approach of taste predicates. Workshop »Subjective Language«. (DFG-Network The Semantics and Metasemantics of Context-Sensitive Language). Leibniz-Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin. November 14, 2017.

2017. (with Katharina Turgay) Unexpectedness exclamations and unexpected common ground states. Workshop »Transmodal perspectives on secondary meaning«. Twelfth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation (TbiLLC 2017). Lagodekhi. September 21, 2017.

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Teaching


Teaching


Current classes

During the winter semester 2017/18 I teach the following courses at Cologne. Material and information can be found on Ilias.

  • Schimpfen, Fluchen, Beleidigen. Zur Semantik und Pragmatik von Expressivität. Hauptseminar.
  • Formale Semantik. Vorlesung.
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CV


CV


Full CV

Download full CV (December 7, 2017)

Education

2009–2013. PhD. Linguistics. University of Frankfurt. Thesis: Use-conditional meaning. Studies in multidimensional semantics. Committee: Ede Zimmermann, Eric McCready, Hans-Martin Gärtner.

2005–2009. MA. German Studies, Philosophy, Indology. University of Mainz. Thesis: On the interaction between modal particles and sentence mood in German. Committee: Jörg Meibauer, Jochen Geilfuß-Wolfgang.

Academic Appointments

University of Cologne

since 03/2017. Lecturer (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit). Institute of German Language and Literature.

04/2015–03/2017. Visiting Professor. (Stand-in professor). Institute of German Language and Literature.

University of Frankfurt

05/2013–03/2015. Postdoc. Institute of Linguistics.

10/2009–03/2013. Research Fellow. Institute of Linguistics.

University of Landau

04/2010–02/2013. Lecturer. Institute of German Studies.

University of Mainz

04/2009–07/2009. Lecturer. German Institute.

04/2006–05/2010. Student Project Member. Interdisciplinary Research Project Quotation and Meaning.

Awards and Honors

03/2016. Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation).

03/2014. Wilhelm von Humboldt Award. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (German Linguistic Society).

04/2010–10/2010. PhD Fellowship. Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation).

12/2008–04/2010. PhD Fellowship Research Training Group Sentence Types: Variation and Interpretation, University of Frankfurt.

07/2007. Student Fellowship Linguistic Society of America, Linguistics Institute 2007.

09/2006–12/2008. Student Fellowship. Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation).

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Use the form on the right to drop me an email or use the email address depicted in the picture above. If you need one of my papers, I will try to answer as soon as possible.

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