PhD Colloquium

PhD Colloquium

The regular PhD colloquium ("Doko") of the SFB 833 offers our PhD students the opportunity to present their research in an informal setting as well as to practice presentations before conferences.
We also had two Doko Summer Schools, where (also external) speakers informed about PhD relevant topics.

Contact: Alvaro Cortés Rodríguez (A7) 
                 Larissa Specht (B8)
Time: Thursday, 16-18 h, every two weeks
Place: For now, we meet virtually

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Schedule summer term 2020:

May 07 Giuliano Armenante (B1) & Ruth Kessler (B9)
June 04 Julia Braun (A2) & Martin Schäfer (A1/B8)
July 02 Dr. Bastian Strinz (MWK Baden-Württemberg)
July 16 Feedback Speed Dating

Our milestone program offers additional support for the PhD program: Together with their supervisors, our PhD students realize concrete goals at regular intervals in order to advance the doctorate as a whole.
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Research Groups

Psycholinguistic Lunch

In the research group “Psycholinguistic Lunch”, especially staff members who are part of psycholinguistically or experimentally working projects come together. According to desire, the results of current experiments are discussed, assistance for planned studies is given or specific experimental methods are presented. A further topic of the Psycholinguistic Lunch is the general discussion of a semantic processing model.

Contact: Sara Beck (B9) & Giuliano Armenante (B1)
Time: Monday, 11 s.t. - 12 h
Place: Nauklerstraße 35, Besprechungsraum 3.08
Upcoming meetings:

R and Statistical Methods Course

The R and statistical methods course invites all SFB staff and associated who want to learn programming in R and statistics or want to refresh their skills.
We meet every other week and adress diverse topics concerning programming in R and statistical analysis of linguistic data.

Contact: Edith Scheifele (B7, Z2) und Robin Hörnig (Z2)
Time: every other Friday, 12 - 14 h (c.t.)
Place: Nauklerstraße 35, Seminarraum 0.04
Requirement: Please bring your laptop and charging cable

New: AK Lineare Modelle

every Friday, 2-3pm

SFB, room 3.08

The AK Lineare Modelle works towards an foundational understanding of linear models (simple linear models and also logistic regression models), their general conception and applicability in linguistics.

AK Linguistics & School

How can our linguistic assumptions and insights be sensibly used in grammar education in schools or in the development of teacher's skills? What is the state of the art with regard to research? What kind of research is done in the SFB on this topic? These and other questions will be addressed in our research group.

Aims: scholarly exchange (also with international guests), possibility to present your own research on a topic related to "linguistics and school", discussion of central research papers / books, discussion of methodology

Contact: Julia Braun (A2)
Upcoming meeting: 20th July 2020, 4:15pm
Guest lecture by Thomas Landgraf. He will address the question how language awareness might be useful in literature lessons. The talk will be in German.
Place: online, via zoom.

AK Linguistics & Literary Studies

Current Topics: Syntactic deviations in poetry, tropes (metaphor, synecdoche, metonymy) and the analysis of stylistic devices. We are open for further topics for discussion.

Contact: Laura Bon (A5)
Place: Nauklerstraße 35, Besprechungsraum 3.08
Nächster Termin:

Former Research Groups

Combinatory Meaning Adaptions (2018-2019)

Projects: A1 & B8

The working group is interested in the question of which systematic rules can be used to adequately capture combinatorial meanings that arise at the level of lexical semantics. One of the theories dedicated to this task can be found in Nicholas Asher's Type Composition Logic (Lexical Meaning in Context: A Web of Words, Cambridge University Press, 2011). This theory is intended as a base to (i) explore further theories about meaning adaptations to the semantics/pragmatics interface and (ii) to contrast these theories.

AK Syntax (2013-2017)

Projects: A5, B8, C6

The syntax work group permits members of different projects to come together in order to present their syntax work and discuss issues of common interest. There are meetings to jointly read the literature in the field, to discuss research plans, and to assist with the construction of syntax experiments.

Information Structure (2012-2017)

Projects: A4, A7, B8

The Information Structure Research Group will discuss topics based on the research interests of participants, providing an opportunity to present and discuss ongoing information structure related research. Central themes of the information structure research group include the role of context in information structure interpretation, the annotation of information structure in corpora, the interaction of information structure with prosody, the role of syntax as well as the role of information structure for processing. Besides reading and discussing current papers on information structure together, our meetings provide a platform to informally discuss our own experimental studies, methodological issues, as well as practice talks in which information structure features prominently.

Contact: Andreas Konietzko (A7)

Publications of the Information Structure Research Group


Individual Publications:

For further publications see the websites of the individual projects

Variables (2012-2017)

Work created within the framework of the research group:

Presentations & Posters

Between Lexicon & Context (2013-2015)

Projects: A1 & A5

One main focus of the research group was to discuss current theories that systematically seek to understand the interplay of lexical meaning on the one hand, and context and world knowledge on the other hand (e.g. Asher 2011, Recanati 2010). Furthermore, concrete questions of members of the working group were addressed, e.g. the interpretation of event- and state-nominalizations in context as well as the semantic annotation of nouns in the context of corpus studies.