Johannes Heim

Lecturer, Post-doc

Chair of English Linguistics

Room E.31  •  Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3  •  D-17487 Greifswald

Phone +49 3834 420 3356


2006-2012:   1st State Exam (English language and literature;  theology) at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Thesis: Parasitic Gaps: An Empricial Investigation

2012-2013:   Researcher at the Department of English Linguistics at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

2012-2019:   PhD in Linguistics (Cognitive Stream) at the University of British Columbia, Thesis: Commitment and Engagement: The role of Intonation in Deriving Speech Acts

since 2019:   Lecturer of English Linguistics at the University of Greifswald

Publications (selected)

in print    Heim, J. & M. Wiltschko. Interaction at the prosody-syntax interface. Accepted for publication in: G. Kentner & J. Kremers (Eds.) Prosody in syntactic encoding: Special Issue in Linguistische Arbeiten. De Gruyter.

2019   Heim, J. Turn-peripheral management of Common Ground: A study of Swabian gell. Journal of Pragmatics, 141, 130-146.

2016   Wiltschko, M. & J. Heim. The syntax of confirmationals. In: G. Kaltenböck, E. Keiyer and A. Lohrmann, Outside the Clause: Form and function of extra-clausal constituents, 305-340.

2016   Heim, J., H. Keupdjio, Z. W. M Lam, A. Osa-Gómez, S. Thoma & M. Wiltschko. Intonation and Particles as Speech Act Modifiers: A Syntactic Analysis. Studies in Chinese Linguistics, 37(2), 109-129.

Presentations (selected)

2019   Encoding Commitment and Engagement. 4th Intonation Workshop, University of Toronto, February 15, 2019.

2018   Speech Acts Are Epiphenomenal: Deconstructing Questions and Statements. Semantics and Philosophy in Europe (SPE10), Barcelona, 17-19 December, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (with M. Wiltschko).

2018   Deaccenting and focus sensitivity. Given! A Workshop to celebrate the life and work of Michael Rochemont, University of British Columbia, December 5/6, 2018.

2017   Syntactic integration of sentential intonation. 39. Jahrestagung der DGfS – AG 6. University of Saarbrücken. March 8-10, 2017 (with M. Wiltschko).

2017   Meaning of rising intonation. 2nd Intonation Workshop, University of Toronto, February 16/17, 2017.

2015   Expertise, Distribution, and Intonation in German Peripheral Discourse Markers. 14th IPRA Conference, Antwerp, Belgium, 26-31 July 2015.

2015   Left of the left periphery: The syntax of discourse markers. WCCFL 2015, SFU, Vancouver, March 26-29, 2015 (with H. Keupdjio, A. Osa-Gómez, S. Thoma & M. Wiltschko). 

2015   Requesting confirmation with intonation and sentence-peripheral discourse markers. 37. Jahrestagung der DGfS – AG 6. University of Leipzig. March 2015 (with M. Wiltschko).

2014   The syntax of sentence peripheral discourse markers. A neo-performative analysis. Outside the clause: Form and function of Extra-clausal constituents. University of Vienna. July 2014 (with M. Wiltschko).

2012   Categorizing Parasitic Gaps. Linguistic Evidence 2010. University of Tübingen, February 9, 2012.

Fields of work

Research: syntax, pragmatics, prosody, information structure, L1 acquisition, psycholinguistics

Teaching: general and applied linguistics, language practice, research methods