Superseded: Beiträge zur deutschen Grammatik: Gesammelte Schriften von Tilman N. Höhle

Tilmann N. Höhle   Stefan Müller   Frank Richter   Marga Reis  


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This volume contains the complete collection of published and unpublished work on German grammar by Tilman N. Höhle. It consists of two parts. The first part is Topologische Felder, a book-length manuscript that was written in 1983 but was never finished nor published. It is a careful examination of the topological properties of German sentences, including a discussion of typological assumptions. The second part assembles all other published and unpublished papers by Höhle on German grammar.

All of these papers were highly influential in German linguistics, in theoretical linguistics in general, and in a specific variant of theoretical linguistics, Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. Topics covered are clause structure, constituent order, coordination, (verum) focus, word structure, the relationship between relative pronouns and verbs in V2, extraction, and the foundations of a theory of phonology in constraint-based grammar.


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Tilmann N. Höhle, University of Tübingen

Tilman N. Höhle (*1945) studied General Linguistics, Indo-European Linguistics, and German Philology at the University of Göttingen and the University of Cologne, where he also received his M.A. (1969) and his PhD (1976). Having taught at the German Seminar of the University of Cologne for many years, he changed to the University of Tübingen in 1984 where, besides teaching German linguistics, he was involved in training several generations of general and computational linguists in grammatical theory as well as theoretically oriented descriptive German grammar. He retired in 2008.

His research within grammatical theory and German grammar covers (i) a range of syntactic topics, in particular topological and other aspects of clause structure (such as extraction, non-finite constructions, constituent order, coordination, (verum) focus), (ii) aspects of ‘word syntax’, and (iii) theoretical aspects of phonology, in particular in model-theoretic grammar (HPSG).

Stefan Müller, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Stefan Müller studied Computer Science, Computational Linguistics and Linguistics at the Humboldt University at Berlin and in Edinburgh. He worked at the German Research Center of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken and for the company Interice. He worked as acting chair for German and Computational Linguistics in Jena and for Theoretical Computational Linguistics in Potsdam. He had an assistant professorship in Bremen for theoretical linguistics and computational linguistics, a full professorship for German and General Linguistics at the Freie Universität Berlin and is now professor for German language with specialization in syntax at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

His main re­search topic is Ger­man gram­mar. He works both em­pir­i­cal­ly and the­o­ret­i­cal­ly. Top­ics of in­ter­est are mor­phol­o­gy, syn­tax, se­man­tics, and in­for­ma­tion struc­ture. He pub­lished main­ly about Ger­man, but he also works on other lan­guages as for in­stance Man­darin Chi­nese, Dan­ish, Mal­tese, and Per­sian. The the­o­ret­i­cal work is car­ried out in the frame­work of Head-​ Driv­en Phrase Struc­ture Gram­mar (HPSG) and the the­o­ret­i­cal anal­y­ses are im­ple­ment­ed in com­put­er-​pro­cess­able gram­mar frag­ments. The gram­mar frag­ments that are implemented in the CoreGram Project use a com­mon core. One goal of his re­search is to un­der­stand lan­guage and to find out what lan­guages in gen­er­al and cer­tain lan­guage class­es in par­tic­u­lar have in com­mon.

Frank Richter, Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Frank Richter studied linguistics, computer science and psychology at Universität Tübingen (Promotion 2000, Habilitation 2004), and linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After many years of research and teaching in Tübingen, various Vertretungsprofessuren in linguistics and computational linguistics in Tübingen, Stuttgart, and Düsseldof, he became Hochschuldozent at the Institut für England- und Amerikastudien of Goethe Universität Frankfurt in 2014.

His main areas of research are in formal semantics, computational semantics, grammar implementation, and the formal foundations of linguistic theory; he is very interested in phraseological constructions with a particular focus on (negative) polarity items, their distribution and their role in grammar. Most of his training in syntax he received in classes taught by Tilman Höhle in the 1990s.

Marga Reis, Universität Tübingen / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Marga Reis, now professor emerita, received her philological, logical, and linguistic training mainly at the University of Munich (1960-68; PhD 1970, Habilitation 1975), Bryn Mawr College (1963-65), and M.I.T. (1972/73). She worked as a professor of German Linguistics at the University of Cologne (1975-84), and, until her retirement, at the University of Tübingen (1984-2009). Since 2009 she also holds an honorary professorship at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Her main research field is the grammar of Modern German, in particular clausal syntax, extraction, and the relation between grammar and pragmatics, but her published work also includes studies in historical phonology, semantics, word formation, linguistic methodology, and history of linguistics.



March 26, 2019
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Höhle, Tilmann N., Müller, Stefan, Richter, Frank & Reis, Marga. 2019. Beiträge zur deutschen Grammatik: Gesammelte Schriften von Tilman N. Höhle. (Classics in Linguistics 5). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1145680


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