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Further activities

Reading groups

Reading/learning group "Formal semantics"

In our reading group, we deal with various topics of formal semantics. Our discussions are based on academic essays of our choice, whereby we would like to focus on Zimmermann & Sternefeld 2013 at the upcoming meetings in the summer semester 2024. We are always happy to receive further topic requests.

Anyone who would like to deepen or expand their knowledge in the field of formal semantics is welcome to join us at any time!

As far as our meetings are concerned, we are very flexible, as it is important to us that every semantics enthusiast can participate.

Contact person if you are interested: Ivana Drvoderic (ivana.drvoderic@edu.uni-graz.at)



Statistics is vital for all (aspiring) scientists who want to conduct empirical research. In our reading group (“The stats-enthusiasts”), we approach this topic in a low-threshold manner, reading state-of-the art literature and taking our time to discuss all puzzles we encounter. Right now, we are finishing a modern and linguistics-centered introduction by an experienced empirical researcher (Bodo Winter), but we are already looking forward to what comes next. Our ideas so far are: “statistical power”, “statistical tests and when to use which”, “what are degrees of freedom”, and Bayesian statistics.

We meet about once a week, always making sure that whoever wants to join, actually has time to join. If you are interested in joining, please feel free to contact us at maya.cortez-espinoza(at)uni-graz.at


Reading/learning group "The syntax and prosody of discourse-configurational languages"

The reading group will deal with questions of word order, the permutability of word order and the optionality of syntactic operations as well as information structure and prosody. Of particular interest will be the issue of syntactic movement and prosodic recontouring as alternative means of encoding the same semantic interpretation, which will be examined in the context of specific argument structure configurations. The focus will be mainly on theoretical discussions, although some experimental prosodic studies will also be analyzed. We will focus on (East) Slavic languages as a case study and draw cross-linguistic comparisons with Germanic languages where appropriate. No prior knowledge of syntax is required for participation. We will start with an overview of the necessary basics in several sessions to bring everyone up to the same level.

Start: January 2024, date and time to be announced.

Contact person and discussion leader: Svitlana Antonyuk (svitlana.antonyuk(at)uni-graz.at; Institute of Slavic Studies & Institute of German Studies).



Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.

Victor Edgar Onea Gaspar

Institut für Germanistik

Institut für Germanistik

Phone:+43 316 380 - 2633

Tatjana Hopfer

Institut für Germanistik

Institut für Germanistik

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8177

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