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43. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS 2021)

Freiburg, Germany, 23-26 February 2021

The 2021 annual meeting of the DGfS will take place online. Acquisition editors Kees Vaes (kees.vaes at and/or Esther Roth (esther.roth at will be present in the virtual exhibit space on 24 and 25 February during breaks and the poster session. We're happy to see you there to talk about our books, your work, and possible publishing projects. If you're not able to visit us then, please contact us by email to schedule a chat at some other time.

Check out our selection of top titles for this conference!

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TiLAR 26
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The Acquisition of Differential Object Marking

Edited by Alexandru Mardale and Silvina Montrul

Differential Object marking (DOM), a linguistic phenomenon in which a direct object is morphologically marked for semantic and pragmatic reasons, has attracted the attention of several subfields of linguistics in the past few years. DOM has evolved diachronically in many languages, whereas it has disappeared from... full description
June 2020. vi, 369 pp.
CoLL 57
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Advances in Contact Linguistics

In honour of Pieter Muysken

Edited by Norval Smith, Tonjes Veenstra and Enoch O. Aboh

Issues in multilingualism and its implications for communities and society at large, language acquisition and use, language diversification, and creative language use associated with new linguistic identities have become hot topics in both scientific and popular debates. A ubiquitous aspect of multilingualism is... full description
October 2020. ix, 400 pp.
TSL 129
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Austronesian Undressed

How and why languages become isolating

Edited by David Gil and Antoinette Schapper

Many Austronesian languages exhibit isolating word structure. This volume offers a series of investigations into these languages, which are found in an "isolating crescent" extending from Mainland Southeast Asia through the Indonesian archipelago and into western New Guinea. Some of the languages examined in this... full description
October 2020. ix, 510 pp.
Z 230
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T. Givón

Coherence, connectivity and the fitting together of smaller parts into larger structures and a coherent whole is the hallmark of complex biologically-based systems. As a structure-internal constraint, coherence makes it possible for the parts to work together as a whole. As an external constraint, it lets complex... full description
October 2020. xi, 293 pp.
SCL 98
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Corpus Approaches to Social Media

Edited by Sofia Rüdiger and Daria Dayter

From Twitter to Reddit, Facebook, and WhatsApp – social media is a part of modern everyday life. Studying the language used on social media platforms presents great opportunities as well as challenges to corpus linguists. The contributions in Corpus Approaches to Social Media address technical, ethical, and... full description
November 2020. vi, 210 pp.
CAL 28
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Frame-Constructional Verb Classes

Change and Theft verbs in English and German

Ryan Dux

While verb classes are a mainstay of linguistic research, the field lacks consensus on precisely what constitutes a verb class. This book presents a novel approach to verb classes, employing a bottom-up, corpus-based methodology and combining key insights from Frame Semantics, Construction Grammar, and Valency Grammar.full description
November 2020. x, 320 pp.
HCP 70
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Grammar and Cognition

Dualistic models of language structure and language processing

Edited by Alexander Haselow and Gunther Kaltenböck

This volume brings together linguistic, psychological and neurological research in a discussion of the Cognitive Dualism Hypothesis, whose central idea is that human cognitive activity in general and linguistic cognition in particular cannot reasonably be reduced to a single, monolithic system of mental processing,... full description
November 2020. vii, 358 pp.
Z 227
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Historical Linguistics

A cognitive grammar introduction

Margaret E. Winters

This textbook serves a dual purpose. It is, first, a comprehensive introduction to historical linguistics, intended for both undergraduate and graduate students who have taken, at the least, an introductory course in linguistics. Secondly, unlike many such textbooks, this one is based in the theoretical framework of... full description
May 2020. xvii, 241 pp.
SLCS 214
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Late Modern English

Novel encounters

Edited by Merja Kytö and Erik Smitterberg

The past few decades have witnessed an unprecedented surge of interest in the language of the Late Modern English period. Late Modern English: Novel Encounters covers a broad range of topics addressed by international experts in fields such as phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, spelling and pragmatics; this makes... full description
March 2020. vii, 359 pp.
CILT 352
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Perfects in Indo-European Languages and Beyond

Edited by Robert Crellin and Thomas Jügel

This volume provides a detailed investigation of perfects from all the branches of the Indo-European language family, in some cases representing the first ever comprehensive description. Thorough philological examinations result in empirically well-founded analyses illustrated with over 940 examples. The unique... full description
September 2020. xiv, 686 pp.
SLCS 216
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Re-Assessing Modalising Expressions

Categories, co-text, and context

Edited by Pascal Hohaus and Rainer Schulze

Mood, modality and evidentiality are popular and dynamic areas in linguistics. Re-Assessing Modalising Expressions – Categories, co-text, and context focuses on the specific issue of the ways language users express permission, obligation, volition (intention), possibility and ability, necessity and prediction... full description
November 2020. vi, 344 pp.
Impact 47
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Talking about Food

The social and the global in eating communities

Edited by Sofia Rüdiger and Susanne Mühleisen

All humans eat and all humans speak – activities which in social life often, but not always, co-occur: We talk while eating and drinking with others, but food is also a prominent literal and metaphorical discursive topic which contributes to establishing communities and identities. This omnipresence of eating and... full description
June 2020. vi, 284 pp.
TSL 128
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The ‘Noun Phrase’ across Languages

An emergent unit in interaction

Edited by Tsuyoshi Ono and Sandra A. Thompson

The ‘NP’ is one of the least controversial grammatical units that linguists work with. The NP is often assumed to be universal, and appears to be robust cross-linguistically (compared to ‘VP’ or even ‘clause’) in that it can be manipulated in argument positions in constructed examples. Furthermore, for any given... full description
July 2020. vi, 366 pp.
LA 262
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Thetics and Categoricals

Edited by Werner Abraham, Elisabeth Leiss and Yasuhiro Fujinawa

Thetics and Categoricals do not belong to the categories of German grammar. Thetics were introduced in logic as impersonal and broad focus constructions. They left profound and extensive traces in the logic of the late 19th century. For the class of thetic propositions, the criterion of textual exclusion plays the... full description
July 2020. vii, 390 pp.
Z 228
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Visual Linguistics with R

A practical introduction to quantitative Interactional Linguistics

Christoph Rühlemann

This book is a textbook on R, a programming language and environment for statistical analysis and visualization. Its primary aim is to introduce R as a research instrument in quantitative Interactional Linguistics. Focusing on visualization in R, the book presents original case studies on conversational... full description
July 2020. ix, 258 pp.