ZAS_AdverbialsBy the end of July, two colleagues of mine, Werner Frey and Andreas Pankau, and me run a very exciting workshop on adverbial clauses at the Center for General Linguistics in Berlin. In the picture, you can see Richard Larson from the Stony Brook University, our invited speaker, delivering a fascinating talk about correlative clauses in Warlpiri (a Pama-Nyungan language spoken in Australia) and showing that syntactic boundaries betwenn relative, complement and adverbial clauses are very fuzzy. Currently, we are working on the proceedings of our workshop. Stay tuned for more information!

In August of 2016, I’ll be co-organizing the workshop “Towards a Typology of Olfactory Expressions”. It always strikes me that some things smell in one language, while the same things stink in other languages. I wonder, and the main aim of the workshop is to figure out, what lies behind such a different  – and sometimes even an oppositive – use of olfactory expressions. The workshop is a joint work with Przemysław Staniewski (U of Wrocław, Poland) and Malika Reetz (U of Potsdam, Germany), and we will run it at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea to be held at the University of Naples (Italy). You can find our workshop description, schedule as well the abstracts here. We are also happy to have Åke Viberg (Uppsala University, Sweden) as our invited speaker.

Together with my colleague from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), Nora Boneh, I organize a workshop at the 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics in Naples (Italy), 27-31 July 2015. The title of our workshop is Habituality and Genericity in Flux and its description can be looked up here. Keynote speakers are Regine Eckardt (U of Konstanz) and Hana Filip (U of Düsseldorf). You find our workshop schedule as well as all abstracts here.

In September of 2014, I co-organized a summer school in historical linguistics at the University of Potsdam. On the picture below you can see the teachers, participants and organizers:

Summer School 2014

At the 46th Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea at the Split University (Croatia), 18 – 21 September 2013, I organized with my PhD supervisor, Ulrike Demske, a workshop on infinitival clauses. The workshop was entitled “Infinitives at the Syntax-Semantics Interface: A Diachronic Perspective”. Currently, we are working on the proceedings. We co-edit a special issue in the Journal of Historical Linguistics (John Benjamins) entitled The diachrony of infinitival patterns: their origin, development and loss as well as a volume in the series Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs (Mouton de Gruyter). The title of the volume is the same as the one of our workshop. Both collections are expected to appear in 2015.

I organized my first workshop at the 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics in Oslo (Norway), 5 – 9 August 2013. The co-organizers were Mathias Schenner and Kerstin Schwabe, both from the Centre of General Linguistics in Berlin (ZAS), where I also used to work. The title of the workshop was “New Insights into the Syntax and Semantics of Complementation” and we invited four keynote speakers: Katrin Axel-Tober, Ulrike Demske, Elly van Gelderen, and Regine Eckardt. The workshop description and schedule can be looked up here. Now we are working on our proceedings, which will appear as a special issue of the journal Historical Syntax, a daughter journal of Language. It is an open-access and double blind peer-reviewed journal. Our special issue is expected to appear in 2015.

In June of 2013, I co-organized Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften at the Centre of General Linguistics in Berlin (ZAS). It was a very successful event with many guests (pictures).