Daniel BüringProfessor of Linguistics
My own teaching and research focusses on natural language semantics and pragmatics, in other words, meaning and use of language. A particular interest of mine is intonational meaning, that is, how tone of voice, melody or inflection influence the meaning of what we say. I try to develop formal tools capable of modeling this kind of interaction between meaning, prosody, and syntax.
My most recent book, Intonation and Meaning, a survey/state-of-the-art book, appeared in 2016 with Oxford University Press. A while back, I wrote another book, a textbook on the syntax and semantics of Binding Theory.
I work in the general paradigm of generative (not necessarily transformational) grammar, and logical semantics.
For the last few years, I have worked on and with a new formalism for calculating and interpreting focus alternatives, called Unalternative Semantics.
Other topics of interest to me are German syntax, binding theory, and generally all aspects of the syntax-semantics interface. All of these I also teach on.
I like to sail, and to play and sing with bands, and am always open to invitations for either one...