(p. xvii) The Contributors
(p. xvii) The Contributors
Enoch O. Aboh is Professor of Linguistics and Learnability at the University of Amsterdam. He explores issues of learnability of human languages with a special focus on theoretical syntax as related to the discourse–syntax interface, language creation and language change.
Karlos Arregi is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. His research is in syntax and morphology, and their interaction, as well as their interfaces with phonology and semantics, with a special focus on Basque and Romance. He is the author of numerous articles in journals including Linguistic Inquiry and Natural Language Semantics.
Stefan Baumann is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Linguistics (Phonetics Department), University of Cologne. His main research interests include prosodic, semantic and pragmatic aspects of information structure, the phonetics and phonology of intonation, the role of prosody in neurocognitive language processing, and multi-layer annotation of spoken language.
David Beaver (PhD, University of Edinburgh 1995) spent nine years on the Stanford University Linguistics faculty, and is now a full professor in the departments of Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Beaver’s work includes computational and corpus studies, and experimental and theoretical research on topics such as presupposition, anaphora, and focus. He is joint founding editor of Semantics and Pragmatics, a journal of the LSA.
Sigrid Beck is Professor of Descriptive and Theoretical Linguistics at the Universität Tübingen. Her specialization is in semantics, with an emphasis on new data sources for semantics, such as cross-linguistic variation, language acquisition, and language change. She is the author of recent articles in Language Acquisition, Journal of Semantics, and Natural Language Semantics.
Frauke Berger is a PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam. She previously worked at the ‘Information Structure’ collaborative research centre at the University of Potsdam. Her research includes experimental work on the acquisition of information structure and presupposition triggers. Her work has appeared in Journal of Child Language and Language Acquisition.
Giuliano Bocci obtained his PhD from the University of Siena (2009). He worked at the Universities of Siena, Bologna and École Normale Supérieure as a research assistant. He is currently a lecturer in phonetics and phonology at University of Geneva and is a (p. xviii) research associate on the ERC-funded project SynCart ‘From maps to principles’. His research focuses on theoretical syntax, prosody, and their interplay with information structure.
Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. She is the author of articles in a range of linguistic, psychological, and neuroscientific journals, including Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Psychological Review, and Lingua and co-author, together with Matthias Schlesewsky, of Processing Syntax and Morphology: A Neurocognitive Perspective (OUP, 2009). Her current research is focused on the development of a neurobiologically and cross-linguistically plausible model of language.
Marc Brunelle is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on phonetics, phonology, and language contact, with an emphasis on tone and intonation in Southeast Asian languages, especially Vietnamese and Cham.
Daniel Büring is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Vienna, specializing in formal semantics and pragmatics. He is the author of ‘The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent’ (1997), ‘Binding Theory’ (2005) and ‘Intonation and Meaning’ (2016).
Yiya Chen is a Associate Professor at Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL) and senior researcher at Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC). Her research mainly focuses on prosody and prosodic variation, with particular attention to tonal languages. Her work has recently appeared in Journal of Phonetics and Phonetica.
Laura J. Downing is Professor of African Languages at the Institute for Languages and Literatures, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research is concerned with the phonology of Bantu languages, and in particular with the role of prosody in conditioning or revealing morphosyntactic structure in domains such as prosodic morphology and the phonology–syntax–information structure interface.
Regine Eckardt is Professor of German and General Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. Her research interests are in formal semantics and pragmatics in synchrony and diachrony, specifically focus constructions, particles, perspective taking and polarity phenomena. She is the author of ‘Meaning Change in Grammaticalization’ (2006) and ‘The Semantics of Free Indirect Discourse’ (2015).
Katalin É.Kiss is Professor at the Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, where she is also head of the Doctoral School in Linguistics. Her publications include The Syntax of Hungarian (CUP 2002), Discourse-Configurational Languages (OUP 1995), Event Structure and the Left Periphery (Springer 2006), Adverbs and Adverbial Adjuncts at the Interfaces (2009), The Evoution of Functional Left Peripheries in Hungarian Syntax (OUP 2014).
(p. xix) Gisbert Fanselow is a Professor of Syntax in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on the theory and methodology of syntax. His work has appeared in numerous journals including Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and Linguistics.
Caroline Féry is Professor of Phonology at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research is in phonology and theory of grammar with a special focus on intonation and prosody, as well as the interface with information structure. She was the founding director of the DFG-funded collaborative research centre SFB 632 ‘Information Structure’ from 2003 to 2010.
Patrick G. Grosz is Associate Professor in General Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies of the University of Oslo. His research is in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their interfaces; it combines theoretical approaches with experimental and corpus-linguistic studies, and has a thematic focus on discourse particles, clause types, pronouns, and agreement and concord.
Barbara Höhle is a Professor of Psycholinguistics at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam. Her field of research is first language acquisition with a main focus on early acquisition of phonology and syntax. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Journal of Child Language and Lingua.
Laurence R. Horn is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of A Natural History of Negation (Chicago, 1989/CSLI, 2001) and the (co-)editor of five handbooks and collections. His 100-plus papers and encyclopedia entries explore implicature, pragmatic theory, negation and polarity, logic, grammatical variation, the lexicon, and the semantics–pragmatics interface. He is an elected fellow of the Linguistic Society of America.
Larry M. Hyman is Professor of Linguistics and Executive Director of the France-Berkeley Fund at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked extensively on phonological theory, tone, and other aspects of language structure—particularly as concerns the history and description of the Niger-Congo languages of Africa, especially Bantu.
Shinichiro Ishihara is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University, having previously held positions at Goethe University Frankfurt, the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on the syntax–prosody interface and its relation to information structure in Japanese and other languages. His work has appeared in international journals such as Lingua and Syntax and in edited volumes published by OUP and Mouton de Gruyter.
Katja Jasinskaja is a Research Scientist at the Department of German Language and Literature at the University of Cologne. Her research focuses on pragmatics, discourse semantics, and various linguistic means, including discourse particles, anaphoric (p. xx) pronouns and intonation, that help establish connections between sentences in a coherent text or dialogue.
Elsi Kaiser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California. Her primary research focus is in psycholinguistics, especially adult sentence processing and issues related to reference resolution, information structure and the syntax–pragmatics–semantics interface(s). She is especially interested in how different kinds of information interact and are integrated during language processing and what this can tell us about the nature of the mental representations activated during processing.
Vadim Kimmelman is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) and he also teaches at the Department of Literary Studies and Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests are in sign linguistics, including the morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of sign languages.
Hans van de Koot is a Reader in the Research Department of Linguistics at UCL. His work is broadly concerned with the question of to what degree the properties of linguistic structure are determined by syntax-external systems, both at the level of the word (e.g. argument structure) and at the level of the sentence (e.g. discourse-related word-order variation, the linguistic encoding of scope).
Manfred Krifka is Professor of General Linguistics at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Director of ZAS, the Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin. He specializes in semantics and pragmatics on a broader variety of topics, and on descriptive linguistics (Austronesian languages of Vanuatu).
Peppina Po-lun Lee is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Translation, City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests lie primarily in Chinese and Cantonese syntax and semantics, and she has worked on a variety of research topics, including quantification, focus and information structure, negation, aspect, and eventuality. Her publications include Cantonese Particles and Affixal Quantification (Springer, 2012) and articles in edited books and journals such as Lingua, Journal of Pragmatics and Linguistics.
Horst Lohnstein is full Professor and Director of the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Wuppertal. His research focuses on the left sentence periphery and the principles of syntactic and semantic structure building from which the intentional and illocutionary meaning components are derivable in a compositional fashion.
Luis López is Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Co-director of the Bilingualism Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His main field of interest is syntactic theory and the interfaces of syntax with information structure, semantics, and prosodic phonology.
(p. xxi) Anke Lüdeling is Professor of Corpus Linguistics and Morphology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is interested in variation and the interplay between qualitative and quantitative knowledge, as well as in methodologies for analysing and annotating corpora of ‘non-standard’ varieties of Germans such as learner language, or spoken language. She has been involved in building several corpora and tools for corpus search and analysis.
Alexis Michaud is Research Scientist at CNRS. His main research topic is phonetics/phonology—especially the study of tone—but his commitment to ‘all-out’ linguistic fieldwork goes some way towards counterbalancing this narrow specialization.
Sara Myrberg is a Researcher at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University. She defended her thesis The intonational phonology of Stockholm Swedish at Stockholm University in 2010, and primarily works on Swedish prosody and the interfaces between prosody, syntax, and information structure.
Ad Neeleman is Professor of Linguistics at UCL. His main research interest is syntax and its interactions with other modules of grammar (especially morphology and information structure). He is the author of Complex Predicates (1993), Flexible Syntax (1999, with Fred Weerman), and Beyond Morphology (2004, with Peter Ackema), and (co-)author of some sixty articles in edited volumes and journals such as Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and Morphology.
Haihua Pan is Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include syntactic theory, formal semantics, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics.
Roland Pfau is Associate Professor at the department of General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches in the sign linguistics programme. In his research, he focuses on morphosyntactic and syntactic aspects of sign languages, (sign) language typology, and grammaticalization.
Cecilia Poletto is Professor for Romance Linguistics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt since 2011, and Associate Professor at the University of Venice. Her interests are mainly on microvariation of the Romance languages, from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective. She worked on various topics within the cartographic framework, from subject clitics, doubling, to interrogative structures and negation and is part of the ASIt project, an online database for Italian dialects.
Sophie Repp is Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English and American Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research interests include the syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and prosody of ellipsis, negation, sentence topics, non-assertive speech acts and question–answer dialogues, as well as processing aspects of some of these phenomena.
(p. xxii) Tomas Riad is Professor of Scandinavian languages at Stockholm University. His research is concerned with prosody in North Germanic languages, in particular stress and tone accent in a historical and typological perspective. He also works on poetic meter, and the general relationship between meter and phonology. He is the author of The Phonology of Swedish (2014).
Julia Ritz is Development Manager at a software manufacturer in the media industry. Her areas of research include information status and the related concepts of coreference, specificity, reference and (non-)referentiality. She has worked on computational models for information structural categories, as well as on Information Extraction tasks, and the extraction of terminology and collocations.
Michael Rochemont is Professor of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. His current areas of interest are prosodic phonology, specifically the syntax–phonology connection and relations between information structure categories and prosody; the syntactic expression of categories of information structure, both within and across languages; and givenness, particularly as expressed through deaccenting.
Mats Rooth is Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Faculty of Computing and Information at Cornell University. He does research in computational linguistics and natural language semantics. He has worked on statistical models of parsing and the lexicon, the semantics of focus, and on related phenomena such as ellipsis and presupposition. In addition to these, he is currently working on finite state optimality theory and web harvesting of intonational data.
Kjell Johan Sæbø is Professor of German Linguistics at the University of Oslo, Norway. His research interests are mainly in semantics and pragmatics, where he has made contributions across a range of subfields and on a variety of topics, including modality, quantification, definiteness and indefiniteness, presuppositions, appositives and exclamatives, event structures, possessivity, logophoricity, focus structures and theticity, and subjective content.
Vieri Samek-Lodovici is a Reader in theoretical linguistics at University College London. He has recently published a monograph with Oxford University Press about the interaction of focalization. He has also worked on a wide range of other topics, including argument structure, agreement, optimality theory, and the relation between optimality theory and minimalism. At the beginning of his career, he worked for several years as a computational linguist.
Antje Sauermann is Researcher at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin. Her research focuses on the acquisition and processing of information structure and word order. Her work has appeared in journals including Second Language Research and Language and Cognitive Processes.
(p. xxiii) Petra B. Schumacher is Professor of Empirical Linguistics at the Department of German Language and Literature I at the University of Cologne. Her research focuses on processes at the interface of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, including anaphora resolution, information structure, and experimental pragmatics.
Stavros Skopeteas is Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Bielefeld. His interests include syntax, phonology, information structure, experimental fieldwork, and language typology. His research focuses on Greek as well as on several Mesoamerican and Caucasian languages.
Augustin Speyer is Full Professor of Linguistics at the German Department of the ‘Universität des Saarlandes’, Germany. The focus of his research is on syntax (mainly German) from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. His main research interests include word order, subordination, infinitival syntax, and the impact of information structure and prosody on syntax.
Manfred Stede is Professor of Applied Computational Linguistics at Universität Potsdam. Besides computational applications of text mining, his research revolves around various aspects of discourse structure, ranging from more semantic phenomena, such as coreference, to pragmatic description, for example for the structure of argumentation. As a foundation for this work, he devises frameworks of multi-layer text annotation, and he is also interested in annotation methodology and practice.
Balázs Surányi is a Research Professor at the Research Institute of Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Theoretical Linguistics of Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest. His principal research interests include the interface of syntax and Information Structure, minimalist syntax, and more recently, the interaction between Information Structure and intonation.
Satoshi Tomioka is Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware. His research interest is in semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and their interfaces. He has published articles on various topics, such as interrogatives, ellipsis, anaphora, and information structure.
Hubert Truckenbrodt is a Researcher at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin and Adjunct Professor at Humboldt-University in Berlin. His research interests are the linguistic interfaces. They include questions of how the structures or models of one linguistic module relate to those of another linguistic module with a different nature.
Leah Velleman is a recent PhD graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is in semantics and pragmatics, with particular interests in the cross-linguistic expression of information structure and in the description of semantics and pragmatics in Mayan languages.
(p. xxiv) Michael Wagner is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University, and Canada Research Chair for Speech and Language Processing. His research interests encompass everything surrounding sentence prosody, the phonetic and phonological shape it takes as well as the semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic factors that it encodes. His contribution was made possible by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation during a stay at Goethe University Frankfurt.
Susanne Winkler is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Tübingen. She has a long standing research interest in syntactic theory, information structure, and the syntax–phonology interface. She is the author of Ellipsis and Focus in Generative Grammar. Studies in Generative Grammar 81 (Mouton de Gruyter, 2005) and Focus and Secondary Predication. Studies in Generative Grammar 43 (Mouton de Gruyter, 1997), and of papers in a variety of volumes and journals.
Amir Zeldes is Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics at Georgetown University. He works on corpus annotation, search, and visualization, especially for multi-layer corpora. His work focuses on the syntax–semantics interface, where meaning and world knowledge are mapped onto lexical choice. His research explores the idea that constructions have idiosyncratic degrees of innovation that speakers must learn. He has worked on many topics, including German SLA and NLP for under-resourced languages.
Malte Zimmermann is Professor of Semantics and Grammar Theory at Potsdam University. From 2010 to 2015, he was the director of the DFG-funded collaborative research centre SFB 632 ‘Information Structure’. His research interests range from laboratory-based experimental semantics to semantically informed field research on non-Indoeuropean languages, with a particular emphasis on West African languages.
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses primarily on the syntactic articulation of the clausal structure, on the interaction between information structure, prosody, and syntax, and on the lexicon-syntax interface. Her other research interests include grammatical transfer in second language acquisition and processing.