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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 (March 10, 2017)

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Work


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Talks


Talks



Upcoming talks

(with Katharina TurgayNormal-exclamations in German. 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2017). University of Zurich. September 12, 2017.

Recent talks

2017. What's the issue? Two notions of (non-)at-issueness and their relation to other pragmatic issues. Panel »Foreground and Background: The Conversational Tailoring of Content and Context«. 15th International Pragmatics Conference. Belfast. July 20, 2017.

2017. Modal particles do not modify speech acts. Workshop »Particles and the dimensions of meaning«. Radboud University Nijmegen. June 30, 2017.

2017. How to do multiple things with words? Speech acts and multiple contents. Workshop »Speech Acts: Meanings, Uses, Syntactic and Prosodic Realizations«. Leibniz-Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin. May 30, 2017.

2017. How you can (and can’t) define secondary content. Workshop »What contexts can and cannot do«. (DFG-Network The Semantics and Metasemantics of Context-Sensitive Language). Univerisity of Hamburg. April 7, 2017.

2017. (with Katharina Turgay) Secondary meaning and linguistic encoding. A (brief) introduction. Workshop »Secondary meaning and linguistic encoding«. 38th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS). Saarland University. March 8, 2017.

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Teaching


Teaching


Current classes

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

  • Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft. Proseminar.
  • Aktuelle Lektüre zur Semantik/Pragmatik. Oberseminar.
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CV


CV


Full CV

Download full CV (March 10, 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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Contact


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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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