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Andreas Schmidt

PhD student

Research/teaching associate at the Department of Linguistics

University of Potsdam

andrea06 [at] uni-potsdam [dot] de

Universität Potsdam
Campus Golm, House 14, Room 3.29
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24/25
14476 Potsdam, Germany
phone: +49 331 977 2734

About me

Unless you're a person capable of signing language in addition to speaking it, you have no choice but to utter words one after another, but it's so strange that changing the order can leave us with such a gut-wrenching feeling of displeasure that we can suddenly imagine the qualm the scream of a baby alraune causes.

I am a syntactician investigating into the inner workings of word order by comparing languages with two handfuls of diagnostics, originally inspired by the works of Hubert Haider. According to Haider, many of the syntactic differences between English and German should also occur between other verb-object and object-verb languages. I set out to find out whether this actually the case. The language family of my choice is the Uralic family to which I have an irrational attractive bond, even though I rationally chose it in the first place because it is one of the few language families whose languages actually exhibit different word orders. Apart from the Uralic languages, I investigate almost every language that the opportunity presents itself to, especially if it is understudied.

Here are some of the phenomena I deal with on a daily basis:

CV

BSc General and Theoretical Linguistics (University of Potsdam), MSc Linguistics (University of Potsdam)

Publications

Papers

Häussler, Jana, Anne Mucha, Andreas Schmidt, Thomas Weskott, and Marta Wierzba. 2019. Experimenting with Lurchi. V2 and agreement violations in poetic contexts. In Brown, J.M.M., Andreas Schmidt, and Marta Wierzba (eds.) Of Trees and Birds. A Festschrift for Gisbert Fanselow, 307–321. Potsdam, Germany: Universitätsverlag Potsdam. Available at https://doi.org/10.25932/publishup-42654

Schmidt, A. 2016. Udmurt as an OV language. And Finnish as a VO language. Master's thesis, University of Potsdam. Available at lingbuzz/002907

Presentations

Schmidt, A. and Balázs Surányi. 2019. Hungarian as an OV language. A reappraisal. Talk held at SOUL 2019, Tartu, 18–19 june 2019.

Schmidt, A. 2018. On the locus of directionality. Talk given at the Kolloqium Syntax und Semantik, HU Berlin, 11 june 2018. Feel free to ask me for the handout!

Schmidt, A. 2018. On the locus of directionality. Talk given at the Syntax/Semantik-Kolloqium, U Potsdam, 17 june 2018

Schmidt, A. and Gisbert Fanselow. 2018. Non-scrambling OV languages. Talk given at the Clause Typing and the Syntax-to-Discourse Relation in Head-Final Languages Workshop, U Konstanz, 15-17 may 2018. Feel free to ask me for a copy!

Schmidt, A. 2018. Коми-Зырян может быть первый SVXO-язык [Komi-Syrjan could be the first SVXO-language]. Talk given at IFUSCO 2018, Tartu, 4 may 2018

Schmidt, A. 2017. The exceptional syntactic profile of South Sámi as compared to other Uralic OV languages. Talk given at Uurali süntaksi päev, Tartu, 16 November 2017. Feel free to mail me for the handout!

Schmidt, A. 2017. Towards a typology of word order variation in the Uralic languages. Talk given at 34th IFUSCO, Warsaw, 18–22 September 2017

Schmidt. A. 2017. Towards a typology of word order variation in the Uralic languages. Poster presented at 14. Doktorandentag, HU Berlin, Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik

Schmidt, A. 2017. Towards a typology of word order variation in the Uralic languages. Poster presented at SOUL 2017, Budapest, 27–28 June 2017. Available here

Schmidt, A. 2017. Postverbal elements in OV languages. An overview and a case study of Sout Sámi. Talk given at the 2nd Budapest-Potsdam-Lund Colloqiuum, Lund, 15–16 June 2017. Available here

Schmidt, A. 2017. Systematic syntactic differences between OV and VO languages beyond word order correlations. Guest lecture, Trondheim, Department of Language and Literature, 12 May 2017

Schmidt, A. 2016. Diagnosing the VP structure of OV and VO languages. Talk given at the 13th Conference on Typology and Grammar for Young Scholars, St. Petersburg, 24–26 November 2016. Available at http://www.youngconfspb.com/e/proshedshie-konferencii/informacionnoe-pismo/proceedings-13th-conference-typology-and-grammar-young-scholars-handouts-presentations

Edited volumes

Brown, J.M.M., Andreas Schmidt, and Marta Wierzba. 2019. Of Trees and Birds. A Festschrift for Gisbert Fanselow. Potsdam, Germany: Universitätsverlag Potsdam. Available at: https://doi.org/10.25932/publishup-42654

Teaching

summer term 2019: Syntax of German (with Marta Wierzba), BA level, University of Potsdam

summer term 2019: Uralic syntax and morphology, BA level, University of Potsdam

winter term 2018/19: Hierarchy and word order + syntactic fieldwork, BA level, University of Potsdam

summer term 2018: Uralic syntax and morphology, BA level, University of Potsdam

summer term 2018: LaTeX typesetting, BA level, University of Potsdam

winter term 2017/18: Hierarchy and word order + syntactic fieldwork, BA level, University of Potsdam

summer term 2017: LaTeX Typesetting, BA level, University of Potsdam

winter term 2016/17: Uralic syntax and morphology, BA/MA level, University of Potsdam
the student's Wikipedia contributions:
Pitesámi, North Sámi, Mansi, Khanty, Nganasan, Tundra Nenets Grammar, Tundra Nenets, Udmurt

winter term 2016/17: Hierarchy and word order, BA level, University of Potsdam

I was part of the Junior Teaching Professionals program in 2017/2018 offered by the Potsdam Graduate School. I feel much more accomplished and confident about teaching ever since.

Varia

I'm texnical editor for the open access journal Finno Ugric Languages and Linguistics. Check it out!