Manfred Krifka

Manfred Krifka (born 26 April 1956 in Dachau) is a German linguist. He is the director of the Leibniz Centre for General Linguistics (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, ZAS) in Berlin, a professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and editor of the academic journal Theoretical Linguistics.[1]

Manfred Krifka
Born (1956-04-26) 26 April 1956 (age 66)
EducationLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
SpouseZuzana Krifka Dobes
Children2 children

Career and educationEdit

Krifka graduated from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1986 in Theoretical Linguistics, Philosophy and Theory of Science, and Psycholinguistics. He consequently held positions at the University of Tübingen 1986 - 1989, at the University of Texas at Austin 1990 - 2000, and at Humboldt University of Berlin 2000 - current. He has been the director of the Leibniz Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) since 2001.


Krifka's main areas of research are linguistic semantics, pragmatics, language typology and Melanesian languages, especially languages of Ambrym. He has done substantial works on the meaning of nouns, in particular mass nouns and count nouns, on grammatical aspect, generic sentences, polarity items, information structure, questions and speech acts.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ See staff bio and journal web pages in External links below.


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