Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983 – 1989
    Studied German philology, linguistic data processing and informatics at the University of Trier and the University of Hamburg, Germany; Magister Artium degree (MA)

  • 1989 – 1994
    Research assistant in various projects, with outside funding, in linguistics, cognitive science and computational linguistics in the Informatics section, University of Hamburg

  • 1994
    PhD in linguistics from the University of Hamburg, with a dissertation on the syntax and semantics of local adjuncts

  • 1994 – 2001
    Assistant professor (C1) in the Department of German Language and Linguistics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    Research associate at the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin

  • 2002
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the Philosophical Faculty II, Humboldt University of Berlin, with a thesis on the semantics and pragmatics of copular clauses (teaching authorisation for Germanic linguistics)

  • 2002 – 2005
    Senior lecturer (C2) in the Department of German Language and Linguistics, Humboldt University of Berlin

  • 2005
    Offers of C4/W3 professorships at the Universities of Siegen, Saarbrücken, Tübingen, Braunschweig and Potsdam, Germany

  • Since 2005
    C4/W3 professor of Germanic linguistics at the University of Tübingen

  • 2009
    Offer of a W3 professorship in Germanic linguistics at LMU Munich, Germany (declined)

Selected publications

  • Maienborn, C. (2014). Events and States. To appear in: R. Truswell (ed.): Handbook of Event Structure. Oxford University Press.

  • Maienborn, C., H. Gese & B. Stolterfoht (2014). Adverbial modifiers in adjectival passives. To appear in: Journal of Semantics.

  • Ulrich, R., V. Eikmeier, I. de la Vega, S. Ruiz Fernández, S. Alex & C. Maienborn (2012). With the past behind and the future ahead: Back-to-front representation of past and future sentences. Memory & Cognition 40 (3): 483-495.

  • Maienborn, C. & K. von Heusinger & P. Portner (2011/2012, eds.). Semantics: An international handbook of natural language meaning (HSK, Volumes 1-3). Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

  • Gese, H., C. Maienborn & B. Stolterfoht (2011). Adjectival conversion of unaccusatives in German. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 23 (2): 101-140.

  • Stolterfoht, B., H. Gese & C. Maienborn (2010). Word category conversion causes processing costs: Evidence from adjectival passives. Psycho¬nomic Bulletin & Review 17 (5): 651-656.

  • Ulrich, R. & C. Maienborn (2010). Left-right coding of past and future in language: The mental timeline during sentence processing. Cognition 117: 126-138.

  • Maienborn, C.: On Davidsonian and Kimian states. In: Comorovski, I., von Heusinger, K. (eds.), Existence: Semantics and Syntax. (Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy 84), Berlin: Springer, 2007. S. 107-130.

  • Maienborn, C.: Das Zustandspassiv: Grammatische Einordnung "Bildungsbeschränkungen" Interpretationsspielraum. In: Zeitschrift für germanistische Linguistik 35, 2007. S. 83-115.

  • Maienborn, C.: On the Limits of the Davidsonian Approach: The Case of Copula Sentences. In: Theoretical Linguistics 31(3), 2005. S. 275-316 [Target article] und S. 383-396 [Reply to commentaries].

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 833 in Tübingen: the German Research Foundation (DFG) project "Combinatorial meaning variation at the semantics/pragmatics interface", 2009

  • SFB 833 in Tübingen: the DFG project "Language processing and temporal cognition: the spatial basis of temporal reference in linguistic expressions", 2009

  • SFB 441 in Tübingen: the DFG project "Grammar and pragmatics of the statal passive", 2006 – 2008

  • Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin, Germany: the DFG project "Semantics of the C domain: Positional and interpretational options for the sentential topicality variation zone", 2001 – 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Senate, since 2013

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee to the Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin, since 2014

  • Member of the international scientific advisory board of the German Language Institute (IDS), Mannheim, Germany, since 2009

  • Member of the DFG senate and grants committee for Collaborative Research Centres, since 2007


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