LINGUIST List 29.2170

Fri May 18 2018

Summer Schools: Summer School on Intonation and Word Order - Theoretical and Empirical Approaches/Austria

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Date: 17-May-2018
From: Swantje Tönnis <>
Subject: Summer School on Intonation and Word Order - Theoretical and Empirical Approaches/Austria
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Host Institution: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Coordinating Institution: Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

Dates: 17-Sep-2018 - 21-Sep-2018
Location: Graz, Austria

Focus: The interpretation of sentences depends on word order and intonation. Intonation and word order may, for instance, indicate which part of an assertation is the new or important information, which question a sentence answers, or whether there is a contrast to other expressions on the context. Moreover, there are complex interaction patterns between word order and intonation: not every constituent of a sentence may be focused, not every word order is compatible with every intonation pattern. Also, the context as well as the speaker’s intentions affect word order and intonation. The aim of the summer school is to introduce participants to the basics of theoretical and empirical work on intonation and word order, but also discover recent approaches and research tendencies in the area. The summer school is supposed to form the foundations for the participants’ own successful research (MA or PhD theses) on the topic.
Minimum Education Level: BA

All courses and talks will be given in English language by renowned international experts. In total, there will be two evening lectures and four courses each taught daily for the whole week: three courses on intonation and/or word order, one course on useful research methods concerning the topic.

Preliminary program

Course 1: Intonation and word order - Prof. Dr. Caroline Féry (Frankfurt University)

Course 2: Three dimensions of sentence prosody - Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner (McGill University)

Course 3: t.b.a - Dr. Kriszta Szendröi (University College London)

Course 4: Methods - t.b.a.

Evening lecture 1: On the meaning of nuclear and prenuclear Accents - PD. Dr. Stefan Baumann (Köln University)
Evening lecture 2: t.b.a.

The summer school mainly addresses MA students from all universities and is limited to 25 participants.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                      General Linguistics
                      Linguistic Theories

Subject Languages: English

Language Families: Indo-European

Tuition: 100 EUR
Financial Aid: Applications accepted until 15-Jun-2018
There is a limited amount of scholarships for academically extraordinary applications (only for applicants outside of Graz university).

Financial Aid Instructions:
Just note on your application whether you will need financial support.

Registration: 15-May-2018 to 15-Jun-2018
Contact Person: Swantje Tönnis

Apply by Email:

Registration Instructions:
Send your application including a motivation letter and a short CV to

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