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) and Giuliano Armenante (B1)

Time: Monday, 13 Uhr s.t. - 14.00 Uhr

Place: Nauklerstraße 35, Besprechungsraum 3.08



AK Syntax


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.


Contact: Sophie von Wietersheim (C6)

Time: Thursday, 22.02.2018, 12 Uhr ct - 14 Uhr

Place: Nauklerstraße 35, Besprechungsraum 3.08



Information Structure


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)



Between lexicon and context



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.

The research group was organized by the projects A1 and A5.





Work created within the framework of the research group:


  • V. Hohaus & A. Konietzko (2017). “(Pseudo-)Extraction from VP-Proforms: The Case of the Comparative Clause.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 31, 53-65.



  • V. Hohaus (C1) & A. Konietzko (A7): “VP-Proforms in Comparative Clauses:  A Contrastive View on English and German.”, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, December 2016.
  • V. Hohaus (C1) & A. Konietzko (A7): "VP-Proforms and Logical Form: The Perspective from English and German", Alternate Annual Meeting of the Israel Association for Theoretical Lingistics (IATL), October 2015.


  • P. Berezovskaya (C1), F. Schlotterbeck (B8) & O. Bott (XPrag): “Processing of Ambiguous Degree Constructions in German”, Linguistic Evidence 2018, Tübingen, February 2018.
  • V. Hohaus (C1) & A. Konietzko (A7): “On the Concept of Proforms.” Poznań Linguistic Meeting 45, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniuc, September 2015.