Currently, Klaus von Heusinger and I are planning a schedule for the next round of Linguistischer Arbeitskreis, a linguistic colloquium, which will take place in the summer semester of 2018. A detailed program with external guests and invited speakers will be announced at the end of March. Stay tuned for more information!
In January of 2018, I co-organized an international workshop entitled 3rd Workshop Germanistische Linguistik zwischen Köln und Tokio: Grammatik im Spannungsfeld zwischen Syntax und Semantik. We run the workshop in the House of Prominence and had interesting talks as well as thought-provoking question and comment sessions. It was a very successful event! Our Japanese guests: Katsumasa Ito, Shinya Okano, Yoshiki Mori, Yuto Yamazaki, Noritsugu Hayashi
In August of 2016, I co-organized the workshop “Towards a Typology of Olfactory Expressions”. It always strikes me that some things can have a pleasant smell in one language, while the same things may stink in other languages. I wonder, and the main aim of the workshop was to figure out, what lies behind such a different use of olfactory expressions. The workshop was a joint work with Przemysław Staniewski (University of Wrocław, Poland) and Malika Reetz (University of Potsdam, Germany), and we run it at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea at the University of Naples (Italy). You can find our workshop description, schedule as well as all abstracts here. We were also happy to have Åke Viberg (Uppsala University, Sweden) as our invited speaker. Our proceedings will appear with the John Benjamins publishing house in the series Typological Studies in Language.
In July of 2016, 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 between relative, complement and adverbial clauses are very fuzzy. Proceedings from our workshop including articles of external colleagues will appear as a special collection in an open-access and double blind peer-reviewed journal Glossa.
In July of 2016, I co-organized a second summer school on historical linguistics at the University of Potsdam. It was entitled Word Order Variation and Change. Diachronic Insights into Germanic Diversity. We invited the following colleagues as teachers: Theresa Biberauer, Marco Coniglio, Jan Terje Faarlund, Jacob Hoeksema, Bettelou Los, and Christine Salvesen.
Together with my colleague from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), Nora Boneh, I organized a workshop at the 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics in Naples (Italy), 27-31 July 2015. The title of our workshop was Habituality and Genericity in Flux and its description can be looked up here. Keynote speakers were Regine Eckardt (University of Konstanz) and Hana Filip (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf). You find our workshop schedule as well as all abstracts here. Currently, we are working on our proceedings which, in turn, will appear as special issues in the journals Linguistics and Language Typology and Universals. Both issues are expected to appear in the second half of 2018.
In September of 2014, I co-organized a summer school in historical linguistics at the University of Potsdam. The following colleagues taught at the summer school: Kersti Börjars, Tonya Kim Dewey, David Fertig, and Christopher Sapp.
At the 46th Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea at the Split University (Croatia), 18 – 21 September 2013, I organized with Ulrike Demske a workshop on infinitival clauses. The workshop was entitled “Infinitives at the Syntax-Semantics Interface: A Diachronic Perspective”. We published our workshop proceedings in a special issue in the Journal of Historical Linguistics (John Benjamins) and in 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.
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 the following keynote speakers: Katrin Axel-Tober, Elly van Gelderen, and Regine Eckardt. The workshop description and schedule can be looked up here. The proceedings of the workshop appeared 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. The special issue can be found here.