Prof. Dr. Remus Gergel

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Chair of English Linguistics

 

Tel.: +49-(0)681-302-3309
Email: remus.gergel(at)uni-saarland.de
Building A 5.3, room 2.10

Office hours during term time: Tuesday, 12-13. Please sign up with Martin Kopf-Giammanco.




Qualifications, recent positions:

  • Dissertation, University of Tübingen, 2005
  • Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Habilitation, University of Tübingen, 2010
  • Acting professor, University of Göttingen, 2010/11
  • Professor, University of Graz,  2012-2016
  • Professor, Saarland University, since 2016 


 

Areas of main interest, research specialization:

  • Syntax, semantics and their interface(s) (varieties, morphology, information structure etc.)
  • Language change - corpus linguistics and theoretical modeling of historical processes
  • Germanic, Romance and comparative linguistics
  • Comparative syntax & semantics



Publications

 

Papers and proceedings contributions

[C] = conference proceedings; [H] = handbook article; [J] = journal article; [R] = other type of reviewed article; [M] = manuscript/work in progress

 

Forthcoming/ selected recent work:

  • 44. [M] Gergel, R. & M. Kopf-Giammancoe (2018). 'Sich ausgehen': On modalizing go constructions in Austrian German. Submitted to Canadian Journal of Linguistics, Special issue on Semantic Change. 


  • 43. [C] Gergel, R. & S. Nickles (2018). Almost in Early and Late Modern English: Turning on the parametric screw (but not tightly enough to change a parameter). Submitted to Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2018.


  •  42. [C] Gergel, R., M. Kopf-Giammanco, & J. Masloh (2017) "Surprisal and Satisfaction: Towards an Information-theoretic Characterization of Presuppositions with a Diachronic Application". In  Proceedings of IWCS 2017 - 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics.


  •  41. [J] (2017) "Interface interactions in the English iterative cycle."  [Prepublication draft: pdf]


  • 40. [R] (2017) "Dimensions of variation in Old English modals." In M.L. Rivero, A. Arregui, A. Salanova, (eds.), 179-207. Oxford University Press. [Prepublication draft: pdf]


  • 39. [R] Gergel, R. & D. Ferguson (to appear) "An expressive perfect in African American English." Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Syntax, Phonology and Language Analysis - SinFonIJA 6.


  • 38. [H] Axel-Tober, K. & R. Gergel (2016) "Modality and mood in formal syntactic approaches." The Oxford Handbook of Mood and Modality, J. Nuyts & J. van der Auwera (eds.). 473-494. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


  • 37. [R] (2016) "Modality and gradation: Comparing the sequel of developments in 'rather' and 'eher' ". In The linguistic Cycle Continued, ed. by Elly van Gelderen. 319-350. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [Prepublication draft: pdf]


  • 36. [C] Gergel, R., A. Blümel & M. Kopf. (2016) "Another heavy road of decompositionality: notes from a dying adverb". Proceedings of PLC 39, 109-118, 2016. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 22.

 

Books and edited volumes

  • 35. Gergel, R. & J. Watkins. (forthc.) Quantification and Scales in Change. Volume based on papers presented at Formal Diachronic Semantics 2 to be published with Language Science Press.


  •  34. Gergel, R. & A. Blümel. (2015) Proceedings of the Seventh Conference on Syntax, Phonology and Language Analysis - SinFonIJA VII. Grazer Linguistische Studien, Volume 83. Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Publisher


  • 33. Beck, S. & R. Gergel. (2014) Contrasting English and German Grammar: An Introduction to Syntax and Semantics. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Publisher


  • 32. (2009) Modality and Ellipsis: Diachronic and Synchronic Evidence. Series Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. [=Published & revised version of dissertation listed below] Publisher

 

 

Main qualification work

  • 31. (2010) "From Comparisons to Preferences: Investigations in Modeling Variation, Change, and Continuity at the Syntax-Semantics Interface." Cumulative Habilitationsschrift, University of Tübingen.

  • 30. (2005) "Modality and Ellipsis: Diachronic and Synchronic Evidence." Doctoral dissertation, University of Tübingen.

 

Earlier papers:

  • 29. [J] Beck, S. & R. Gergel (2015) "The diachronic semantics of English again." Natural Language Semantics 23: 157-203. [Publisher: html]

  • 28. [J] Gergel, R. & S. Beck (2015) "Early Modern English again - A corpus study and semantic analysis."English Language and Linguistics, 19: 27-47. [Publisher via FirstView 2014: html]

  • 27. Gergel, R. & A. Blümel (2015) "Introduction." Proceedings of the Seventh Conference on Syntax, Phonology and Language Analysis - SinFonIJA VII.

  • 26. [R] (2014) "Most historically" Language Change at the Syntax-semantics Interface. C. Gianollo, A. Jäger, D. Penka (eds.) Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 101-123. [Publisher: html, prepublication draft: pdf]

  • 25. [C] Gergel, R. & P. Stateva (2014) "A decompositional analysis of almost: Bringing together diachronic and experimental comparative evidence." [Preproceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2014, 150-156: Univ. Tübingen.]

  • 24. [M] (2012) "On the diachronic trajectory of the adverb again: A corpus study at the interface with meaning." [Results on the basis of the mixed-genre Penn Helsinki York parsed corpora of English, paper submitted to A. Ecay et al. (eds.) for a volume on diachronic syntax with Oxford University Press.]


  • 23. [C] (2011) "Structure-sensitivity in actuality: notes from a class of preference expressions" University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 17.1. [Publisher with direct access to article: pdf]


  • 22. [R] (2010) "Towards notions of comparative continuity in English and French." In Continuity and Change in Grammar, Anne Breitbarth, Chris Lucas, Sheila Watts, David Willis, (eds). AmsterdamPhiladelphia: John Benjamins, 119-143. [Prepublication draft: pdf]

  • 21. [R] (2010) "On the realization of LF-binding in some degree dependencies." RLLT 2. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory, Selected papers from Going Romance Groningen 2008, ed. by Reineke Bok-Bennema, Brigitte Kampers-Manhe & Bart Hollebrandse, 105-123. [Publisher: html]

  • 20. [J] (2010) "Motivating certain variation patterns in degree constructions: semantics meets grammaticalization." Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics. [Publisher with direct access to article: html]

  • 19. [J] Gergel, R. & C. Cunha. (2010) "Modalidade e Inferências do Mundo Real em Português Europeu." RASAL Linguística - Revista de la Sociedad Argentina de Linguística, 111-127. [Publisher: html]


  • 18. [J] Beck, S., S. Krasikova, D. Fleischer, R. Gergel, S. Hofstetter, C. Savelsberg, J. Vanderelst & E. Villalta. (2009) "Cross-linguistic variation in comparison constructions." The Linguistic Variation Yearbook 9: 1-66. [Prepublication draft: pdf]

  • 17. [R] (2009) "Rather - On a modal cycle". In Cyclical Change, Elly van Gelderen (ed.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 88. 243-264. [Prepublication draft: pdf; publisher: html]

  • 16. [R] (2009) "The little DE of degree constructions." In Little Words: Their History, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics and Acquisition, Héctor Campos, Ronald Leow & Donna Lardiere (eds.). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. [Publisher: html]

  • 15. [R] (2009) "Comparatives and types of þonne in Old English: Towards an integrated analysis of the data types in comparative derivations" In The Fruits of Empirical Linguistics; Volume 2: Product, Susanne Winkler & Sam Featherston (eds.). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. [Publisher: html]

  • 14. [R] Gergel, R. & J. Hartmann (2009) "Experiencers with (un)willingness: A raising analysis of German wollen." In Advances in Comparative Germanic Syntax, Artemis Alexiadou, Jorge Hankamer, Justin Nugger, Thomas McFadden & Florian Schäfer (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 327-355. [Prepublication draft: pdf]


  • 13. [J] (2008) "Comparative inversion: A diachronic study." Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 11. [Prepublication draft: pdf]

  • 12. [C] (2008) "How comparatives invert: Toward a new syntax with some history." In Proceedings of the 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Charles Chang & Hannah Haynie (eds.), Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [Paper at WCCFL 2007: Paper freely available via: Cascadilla Proceedings Project; superseded by the JCGL paper on comparative inversion above]

  • 11. [C] (2008) "Comparatives and inversion: A (necessarily) diachronic account." In Proceedings of the 31st Penn Linguistic Colloquium, U. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, Joshua Tauberer, Aviad Eilam & Laurel MacKenzie (eds.), PWPL 14.1. [Paper at PLC 2007; Paper freely available via Scholarly Commons Repository; related to the WCCFL material and superseded by the JCGL paper above]

  • 10. [C] (2008) "Comparative conservatism, syntactic radicalism? What’s history got to do with it." Pre-Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 3, University of Tübingen.


  • 9. [R] (2007) Gergel, R., K. Gengel & S. Winkler. "Ellipsis and inversion: A feature-based focus account." In On Information Structure, Meaning and Form: Generalizations across Languages, Kerstin Schwabe & Susanne Winkler (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [Publisher: html]

  • 8. [R] (2007) "Interpretable features in vP-ellipsis: On the licensing head." In ConSole 14, Sylvia Blaho, Luis Vicente, & Erik Schoorlemmer (eds.). ISSN: 1574-499X. Leiden University. [Publisher: html]

  • 7. [C] (2006) "Systematic silence on the rise: Diachronic developments in the licensing of vP ellipsis." Pre-Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2, Universität Tübingen.

  • 6. [J] (2004) "Short-distance reanalysis of English Modals: Evidence from ellipsis". Studia Linguistica 58.

  • 5. [C] Dvorak, B. & Gergel, R. (2004) "Slovenian clitics: VP ellipsis in yes/no questions and beyond." In Ileana Comorovski & Manfred Krifka (eds.) Proceedings of the Workshop on the Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Questions, ESSLLI 16.

  • 4. [C] Dvorak, B. & Gergel, R. (2004) "Ga-ga ellipsis: Why Slovenian clitics sometimes get stressed." Pre-Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 1, University of Tübingen.

  • 3. [J] (2003) "Modal syntax: Detecting its parameters with VP-ellipsis." SKY Journal of Linguistics 16.

  • 2. (2002) "From simple predicators to clausal functors. The English modals through time and the primitives of modality." In Klaus von Heusinger and Kerstin Schwabe (eds.), Sentence Type and Specificity, ZASPIL 24.


Review

  • 1. (2003) Review of Bas Aarts: English Syntax and Argumentation. 2nd ed. Basingstoke/Hampshire/New York: Palgrave, 2001. Linguistics 41.

 

Selected unpublished work

  • (2008) "Meaning change and structure-sensitivity." [02/2008, 22p.].

  • (2008) "Topicalization, Doubling, and a Little More on Adjectives." Paper presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the German Society of Linguistics (DGfS), Panel on Topicality. Universität Bamberg. [HO, 02/2008, 8p.]

  • Dvorak, B. & R. Gergel (2006) "Clitic-licensed ellipsis in Slovenian: Diagnostics of a construction" Ms., ZAS Berlin & Universität Tübingen [07/2006, 35p.]

  • (2005)"Ellipsis and Parallelism Strategies in English: A Diachronic Perspective." [10/2005, 7p.]

 

 

(Co-)supervised theses since 2017

In progress

Hippert, Tobias: A corpus-based investigation of clefts in English (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Kaiwesch, Christian: Dubbing English sociolects and dialects in German (second supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Kopf-Giammanco, Martin: Degree Constructions and Language Change (first supervisor) (PhD thesis)

Künzer, Alica: Spokenness on Twitter (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Müller, Lisa: A corpus-based investigation of clefts in American English (first supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Watkins, Jonathan: Presupposition and Information Density (first supervisor) (PhD thesis)

 

2018

Fohmann, Lisa: Performing identity through humor on 9GAG (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Giebel, Drees: A Discourse Analysis of Video Games (second supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Heilmann, Selina: The Creation of Humour and the Role of Conversational Maxims in the TV-series 'Modern Family' (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Kage, Lisa: A corpus-based study of lexical innovations in 'How I Met Your Mother' (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Kefala, Katerina: The pragmatics of fashion advertising (first supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Künzer, Alica: Spokenness on Twitter (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Müller, Theresa: The discourse of emotion in American television: A case study (second supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Neumann, Dana: Conceptual Metaphors: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Parlagaschwili, Nini: Aspects of meaning in autistic language. An investigation of the Netflix sho 'Atypical' (first supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Puhl, Maike: A comparison of inversion structures in English (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Quint, Marius: Issues in Second Language Acquisition with Regard to Intonation (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Rausch, Tamara: Sociolinguistics and issues of intergenerational language transmission in the area of sound change (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Rück, Rebecca: Controversial Topics in English Morphology (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Weiland, Isabelle:Expert identity in YouTube Tutorials - a corpus-based discourse study (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

 

2017

Amann, Natalia: Theoretical and contrastive studies on tense and aspect (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Caputo, Elisa: Cultural attitudes and adaptation of advertising on You Tube - A corpus-based linguistic analysis of American and French advertisments (second supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Cetinbas, Anna: Tense and Aspect in Standard American English Compared to African American English (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Fischer, Caroline: 'Do you even blog?' Glogs in the EFL classroom (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Grabowski, Sissy: How fitness bloggers present their lifestyle - a corpus-based study of web discourse (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Groß, Kerstin: Individual variation on Twitter: A corpus-based study of naturalistic data (second supervisor) (Master thesis)

Günther, Caroline: Discourse Strategies on Facebook (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Heel, Heike: Politeness and Indirectness: A contrastive Approach (first supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Jung, Anika: She'd hammer me and I'd thank her' - (Im)Politeness in the TV series Gilmore Girls (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Kage, Lisa: A corpus-based study of lexical innovations in 'How I Met your Mother' (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Kovaleva, Inna: An Evaluation of Transcription Variations: Accuracy and Degree of Interpretation in CASE (second supervisor) (Master thesis)

Kummer, Nico: Overlaps in ELF conversations (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Neu, Melanie: Slogans: Explicit and implicit meaning (first supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Nickles, Sarah: Decomposition and approximation: a diachronic approach (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Nusair, Reem: How English pronunciation is taught in EFL textbooks in Arabid countries. A comparison between public and private schools in Jordan. (first supervisor) (Master thesis)

Nußbaumer, Lisa: The Representation of Negation: Theoretical, Contrastive and Variationist Considerations (first supervisor) (Master thesis, Graz University)

Renner, Julia: Characteristsic Features of Facebook Communication (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Schäfer, Sascha: An Empirical Approach to the Relevance of Intonation to Negotiating Givenness (first supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Seifener, Andreas: The implementation of video games in the EFL classroom (second supervisor) (Staatsexamen thesis)

Stöhr, Nicole: Compounding in English: A Diachronic and Synchronic Comparison (first supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

Wilhelm, Stefanie: A pragmatic and multimodal analysis of safety instruction videos: a comparison between New Zealand & American English (first supervisor) (Bachelor thesis)

 

 

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