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43. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS): Modell und Evidenz

Contact personProf. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Mair (host), Dr. Cynthia Dermarkar (coordinator),
Date23rd - 26th February 2021
LocationEnglisches Seminar 79085 Freiburg Germany

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS, German Linguistics Association)  and University of Freiburg’s Hermann Paul Centre for Linguistics (HPCL) cordially invite colleagues throughout the world to attend and participate in:

43rd DGfS Annual Conference: “Modelling and Evidence”

University of Freiburg, Germany

23 – 26 February 2021

The conference motto is an invitation to reflect on the manifold productive tensions between theoretical/conceptual innovation and new ways of acquiring, annotating and analysing empirical data – across the whole range of linguistic sub-disciplines and using data from a broad range of languages for demonstration. The following internationally renowned colleagues have agreed to give keynote talks:

Geert Booij (Leiden University), “Modeling morphological knowledge: What counts as evidence?”

Martine Grice (Universität zu Köln), “Autosegmental-metrical phonology – Not only pitch accents and edge tones”

Eitan Grossman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Universals of phonological segment borrowing? Questions, evidence, methods, findings”

Marianne Mithun (University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)), “Adding the prosodic dimension to subordination and its emergence”

Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary University London), “The exception proves the rule?: Sociolinguistic theory in a changing world”

DGfS Annual Conferences have established themselves as an attractive forum for linguists from all over the world to present and discuss their current research. Pre-conference satellite events on 23 February will include a corpus-linguistics tutorial, an outreach event for language teachers, and the annual meeting of the Linguistic Pragmatics working group. Registration will be open from 1 November 2020 (with early bird-rates applying until 31 December 2020).

Contact:           Prof. Dr. Christian Mair,
Conference webpage (from July 2020): <>



  1. Grammatical gaps: Definition, typology and theory (Thomas Strobel, Helmut Weiß; Frankfurt)
  2. Weak elements in prosodic acquisition and processing (Domahs, Grimm, Scharinger; Marburg, Frankfurt)
  3. The semantics of derivational morphology: Theory, methods, evidence (Kotowski, Plag; Düsseldorf)
  4. Free variation = unexplained variation? Empirical and theoretical approaches to optionality in grammar (Kopf, Weber; IDS Mannheim)
  5. Encoding aspectuality in Germanic languages: empirical and theoretical approaches (Fischer, Gillman, Schmuck; FU Berlin)
  6. Empirical approaches to canonical and non-canonical uses of negation (Schaebbicke, Seeliger; Köln)
  7. On the nouniness of propositional arguments (Axel-Tober, Gunkel, Hartmann, Holler; Tübingen, Mannheim, Bielefeld, Göttingen)
  8. Ditransitives across languages and frameworks (Ussery, Jonsson, Dehé; Carleton, Iceland, Konstanz)
  9. The semantics and pragmatics of conditional connectives (Liu, Barthel; HU Berlin)
  10. (a) Prosodic boundary phenomena (Schubo, Zerbian, Hanne, Wartenburger; Stuttgart, Potsdam)

(b) Edge-asymmetries in morphophonology (Gleim, Popp; Leipzig)

  1. (a) Eye-tracking and language production (Penke, Schlenter, Seidel; Köln)

(b) Model and evidence in quantitative comparative linguistics (Jager, List; Tübingen, MPI, Jena)

  1. (a) Grammatische Modellierung als Grundlage für sprachdidaktische Vermittlung (Müller, Turgay; Landau)

(b) Contrastive corpus methodology for language modeling and analysis (Klotz, Lüdeling, Shadrova; HU Berlin)