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 principal 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 completed my habilitation in General Linguistics and German Linguistics in November 2019 (Promotors: Claudia Maienborn and Gerhard Jäger).

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: 2020-05-07 16:00:00+02:00
Latest article

Quantificational variability effects with German größtenteils and implicit agents.
Zobel, Sarah. to appear. Quantificational variability effects with German größtenteils and implicit agents. In: Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 25.

Recent presentations
  • @ UBC: Discourse particles and the connection between conditionals and questions
  • @ UFrankfurt: Two types of existential quantification
  • @ HU Berlin: How to manage something in Bavarian German: the Bavarian verbal prefix der-
Recent teaching
  • Winter 20: HS/OS Pronomen
  • Winter 20: HS/OS Korpuslinguistik