Information structure has become a central research topics in linguistics for work exploring the interfaces of prosody, syntax, semantics, pragmatics. In computational linguists, the analysis of information structure is of equal importance for a range of applications such as generation and speech synthesis, or the automatic analysis of answers in intelligent language tutoring sytems. In support of this theoretical and computational linguistic research, in recent years several research groups have proposed corpus annotation schemes designed to capture aspects of information structure.

In this seminar we want to explore the corpus annotation schemes which have been proposed for information structure and investigate which information structural primitives such as focus/background, given/new can reliably be annotated given which available evidence in the corpus and its meta-information.

This is a course on the linguistic theory of Negative Polarity Items (NPIs), corpus linguistic research on NPIs, and psycholinguistic experiments

University-internal materials for the OS Linguistic Modeling and Its Interfaces
This course offers an introduction at the graduate level to the study of language acquisition, in particular Second Language Acquisition (SLA). The course surveys the major SLA theories, their goals, research methodology, and major findings, emphasizing the interdisciplinary link to linguistic modeling and cognition.