Form-Meaning Mismatches in Natural Language 2018


July 30 to August 10, 2018

This summer school was about the mapping between form and meaning. The idea that the form of a sentence reflects its meaning or the other way round is challenged by formal elements that are not reflected in the decomposition of meaning or by the presence of meaning components without straightforward exponents in the form of linguistic expressions. The lectures in this summer school introduced to the contribution of current advancements in linguistic theory and empirical research to the understanding of such form-meaning mismatches and examine a wide range of related phenomena such as agreement, negative and other types of concord, silent semantic operators, meaning enrichment through pragmatic reasoning, and the complex syntactic and semantic properties of particles.

This Summer School was part of a series of Summer Schools in Linguistics devoted to current theoretical and empirical advancements in Linguistic Research. Topics of previous Summer Schools were:

The lectures were offered by international experts and scholars at the Göttingen University. The target audience consisted of students and young researchers interested on morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, linguistic theory, linguistic typology. The participants had opportunities to present their research or research interests in talks and poster presentations.


  • Lisa Matthewson, The University of British Columbia: Meaningful silence: Detecting covert elements
  • Hilda Koopman, UCLA: The view from the syntax
  • Gurmeet Kaur & Tvica Seid & Hedde Zeijlstra, University of Göttingen: Form-meaning mismatches: the theoretical perspective
  • Daniel Gutzmann, University of Cologne: Expressives and syntax-semantics mismatches
  • Tim Stowell, UCLA: Form‐Meaning mismatches involving tense, aspect, and ellipsis
  • Andreas Blümel & Götz Keydana, University of Göttingen: Issues in the Study of Clitics

  • Organizers

    Professor Dr. Stavros Skopeteas, Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar, University of Göttingen

    Professor Dr. Hedde Zeijlstra, Seminar for English Philology, University of Göttingen