Background and activities

Christoph Unger has a PhD in linguistics from the University of London. He is studying the role of pragmatic particles in audience’s comprehension of the speaker’s meaning and in the speakers’ attempts to persuade the audience to believe what they wanted to communicate. In particular, he explores how the theory of procedural semantics helps to account for these functions of pragmatic particles. He has also worked on the pragmatics of genre, allegory and metaphor comprehension and Kurdish linguistics from a relevance theory perspective.

At NTNU, he is part of the research project 'The meaning and function of Norwegian Tag particles': http://www.ntnu.edu/isl/the-meaning-and-function-of-norwegian-tags

He is co-editor of the International Journal of Literary Linguistics: http://www.ijll.uni-mainz.de

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

  • Unger, Christoph. (2006) Genre, Relevance and Global Coherence: The Pragmatics of Discourse Type. Palgrave Macmillan. 2006. ISBN 1-4039-8533-2.

Part of book/report

  • Unger, Christoph. (2017) Towards a relevance theory account of allegory. Applications of Relevance Theory From Discourse to Morphemes.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2016) Evidentials, genre and epistemic vigilance. Relevance Theory: Recent developments, current challenges and future directions.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2012) Epistemic vigilance and the function of procedural indicators in communication and comprehension. Relevance Theory: More than Understanding.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2011) Exploring the borderline between procedural encoding and pragmatic inference. Procedual meaning: problems and perspectives.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2000) Properties of procedurally encoded information and their consequences for translation. Transcultural Communication: Pragmalintuistic Aspects.

Others

  • Borthen, Kaja; Unger, Christoph. (2016) The meaning and interpretation of the Norwegian evidential marker visst. Between (stable) meanings and (unstable) interpretations . Jagiellonian University Kraków; Jagiellonian University Kraków. 2016-09-15 - 2016-09-16.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2016) A cross-linguistic puzzle and its theoretical implications: Norwegian 'jo', German 'doch' and 'ja', and an advertisement. Researching pragmatic particles in communication: cognitive, argumentative and social dimensions . Project: The meaning and function of Norwegian Tags; NTNU i Trondheim, Dragvoll campus. 2016-05-18 - 2016-05-20.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2016) Exclamatives, exclamations and speaker's meaning. Between (stable) meanings and (unstable) interpretations . Jagiellonian University Kraków; Jagiellonian University Kraków. 2016-09-15 - 2016-09-16.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2015) A framework for studying evidentiality. NOT workshop April 2015 . Project: The meaning and function of Norwegian Tags; Dragvoll, Trondheim. 2015-04-29 - 2015-04-29.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2010) Literary linguistics and word order variation. Symposium: forschung an der Schnittstelle von Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik: Work in Progress . Graduate Research Group Literary Linguistics, Mainz Universi; Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz. 2010-12-15.
  • Unger, Christoph. (2010) The argumentation module and the cognitive role of genre. 4th International Conference Intercultural Pragmatics ; Madrid. 2010-11-15 - 2010-11-17.