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Winfried Lechner is Professor of German linguistics and theoretical linguistics at the Department of German Language and Literature. His research interests are located in the areas of natural language syntax and semantics, with a strong orientation towards the formal study of the properties of the interface between these two components.

Undergraduate studies (1986-1992; Japanese and Linguistics) at the University of Vienna, Ph.D. in Linguists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1999; Comparatives and DP-Structure). Teaching and research positions at MIT, the Leibniz Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin (Center for Linguistics) and the Departmet of Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Scholarships: Schrödinger (2001), ΑPART (Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2001-04), Humboldt Foundation (2006/07, 2017). Co-organisator der internationalen linguistischen Sommerschulen CreteLing 2017 und CreteLing 2018 and member of the editorial board of Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics; Syntax; and Linguistic Inquiry.
His recent and current research addresses reflexivization; syntactic foundations of quantifier scope; the search for a calculus of (anti-)reconstruction; structural conditions on situation variables; the typology of same/different; the semantics of head movement; phrasal comparatives; Duke of York derivations; evidence for syntacto-centric models of the grammar; and the representation of de se propositions.

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