Sarah Zobel


I am a postdoctoral fellow in linguistics at the University of Oslo, specializing in formal semantics, pragmatics, and their interfaces. I am currently principle investigator of "Looking for the Impersonal Core – Impersonal Pronouns across Germanic languages" (IPG_CORE), a project on the semantics of impersonal pronouns in German, Norwegian, and Swedish funded by the EU (project number: 842363) as part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

I studied General Linguistics at the University of Vienna (2004-2008) and Technical Mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology (2004-2009). I finished my PhD in General Linguistics at the University of Göttingen with a dissertation on impersonally interpreted singular personal pronouns with a focus on German in October 2012, which I pursued as a member of the research group "Noun Phrases in Intensional Contexts" under the supervision of Magdalena Kaufmann (University of Connecticut), Cleo Condoravdi (University of Stanford), and Regine Eckardt (University of Konstanz).

My dissertation is published as:
Zobel, Sarah. 2014. Impersonally Interpreted Personal Pronouns. Göttingen: Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen. URL:

From April 1, 2013 until August 31, 2019, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the German Department at the University of Tübingen, where I am due to complete my habilitation on German als-phrases and English as-phrases in 2019. My stay at the University of Tübingen was interrupted twice: From April 1, 2016 until March 31, 2017, I was a visiting professor at the English Department at the University of Göttingen teaching courses in semantics and pragmatics. From September 1 until December 20, 2017 (Fall Term 2017), I was a visiting scholar at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT (supported by a scholarship for postdoctoral researchers by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD).

My full CV (PDF) can be found here: CV


I also enjoy writing code. This webpage was built using Pelican powered by Python with a custom made theme. In building the theme, I followed this tutorial and built on the Skeleton CSS Boilerplate.

Last modified: 2019-09-02 16:00:00+02:00
Latest article

Accounting for the "causal link" between free adjuncts and their host clauses.
Zobel, Sarah. 2019. M. Teresa Espinal et al. (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 23, vol. 2, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès). 489-506.

Recent presentations
  • @ LAK (Cologne): On the semantic variability of the German impersonal pronoun man
  • @ SuB23 (Barcelona): Accounting for the causal link between free adjuncts and their host clauses
Recent teaching
  • Summer 19: HS/OS Dialektale Variation
  • Winter 18: HS/OS Adjektive -- digital analysiert
  • Winter 18: HS/OS Objektive & subjektive Bedeutung
  • Winter 18: PSI Einführung in die Sprachwissenschaft