Prof. Dr. Matic
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Prof. Dr. Dejan Matić

Professor for General and Comparative Linguistics

Aegidiistraße 5
48143 Münster

Room 105
Phone: 0251/83-24494

Office hours

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  • Lectures

    Summer semester 2021

    Number Type of lecture Title of lecture
    095340 colloquium Colloquium for Graduate Students
    095341 lecture Introduction to General Linguistics
    095342 seminar Clitics
    095343 seminar Implicatures
    095344 seminar Strukturkurs Ewenisch

    Winter semester 2020/2021

    Number Type of lecture Title of lecture
    093994 colloquium for PhD students Colloquium for Graduate Students
    093995 lecture Languages of the World
    093996 seminar Agreement
    093997 lecture Semantics

    Winter semester 2019/2020

    Number Type of lecture Title of lecture
    098812 colloquium for PhD students Doktorandenkolloquium
    098813 seminar Semantic Typology
    098814 seminar Strukturkurs Ewenisch
    098816 guest speaker Forschungsforum
    098815 Werkstatt des Promotionskollges Sprachwissenschaft

    Summer semester 2019

    Number Type of lecture Title of lecture
    096813 lecture Introduction to General Linguistics
    096814 colloquium for PhD students Doktorandenkolloquium
    096815 Werkstatt des Promotionskollegs Sprachwissenschaft
    096816 seminar Grammatical Relations

  • Professional career

    since 10/2017 Professor, General and Comparative Linguistics, University of Muenster
    2015–2017 Professor, Linguistics, University of Graz
    2014–2015 Professor (locum tenens), University of Dusseldorf
    2009–2014 Post-Doc, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
    2007–2009 Post-Doc, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
    2003–2005 Research Assistant, University of Cologne
    2003 Doctoral degree, University of Cologne

  • Research Focus

    • Information structure, discourse, pragmatics
    • Semantic and pragmatic typology
    • Linguistic theory
    • Language description and documentation
    • Indigenous languages of Siberia; Balkan languages; Latin and Ancient Greek

  • Publications


    2014 Rik van Gijn, Jeremy Hammond, Dejan Matić, Saskia van Putten, Ana Vilacy Galucio (Eds.) Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    2013 Alexandra Lavrillier, Dejan Matić  (Eds.) Even epics. Ewedi ńimkar. Evenskie nimkany. Berlin: Kulturstiftung Sibirien.
    2003 Dejan Matić Topics, Presuppositions, and Theticity: An Empirical Study of Verb-Subject Clauses in Albanian, Modern Greek, and Serbo-Croat. Köln: KUPS.


    2020 Dejan Matić Reflexives, reciprocals, and intensifiers in Ewen: An exercise in Tungusic dialectology. In: International Journal of Eurasian Linguistics 2(2): 244-285
    2019 Dejan Matić A case for syntactic case: The Accusative in Tundra Yukaghir. In: Morphology 29 (3): 337–383.
    2018 Dejan Matić, Irina
    From polarity focus to salient polarity: From things to processes. In: The Grammatical Realization of Polarity. Theoretical and Experimental Approaches, edited by Christine Dimroth, Stefan Sudhoff, 9–53. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    2018 Dejan Matić On differential Predicative case marking in Tundra Yukaghir. In Oralité, information, typologie. Hommage à M.M. Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest, edited by Julia Marie-Ange Amon Marri, 365–398. Paris: L'Harmattan.
    2017 Dejan Matić Periphrastic proximatives in the dialects of Even (North Tungusic). In Prospective and Proximative as Grammatical Categories, edited by Agnes Korn, Irina Nevskaya, 78–93. Wiesbaden: Reichert.
    2017 Cecilia Odé, Dejan Matić Exploring vowel length in Tundra Yukaghir. In Definitely Perfect. Festschrift for Janneke Kalsbeek, edited by René Genis, Eric de Haard, Radovan Lucic, 431–463. Amsterdam: Pegasus.
    2016 Dejan Matić, Jeremy Hammond, Saskia van Putten

    Left-dislocation, sentences and clauses in Avatime, Tundra Yukaghir and Whitesands. In Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface. Festschrift for Robert D. Van Valin, Jr., edited by Jens Fleischhauer, Anja Latrouite, Rainer Osswald, 339–367. Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf University Press.

    2016 Dejan Matić Ėven converbs and the syntax of switch-reference. In Switch-Reference 2.0, edited Rik by van Gijn, Jeremy Hammond, 335–376. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    2015 Dejan Matić Tag questions and focus markers: Evidence from the Tompo dialect of Even. In Information Structure and Spoken Language in Cross-Linguistic Perspective, edited by M.M. Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest, Robert D. van Valin Jr., 167–189. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    2015 Dejan Matić Information structure in linguistics. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, edited by James D. Wright, 95–99. Oxford: Elsevier.
    2015 Cecilia Odé, Dejan Matić On prosodic signalling of focus in Tundra Yukaghir. Acta Linguistica Petropolitana 11: 627–644.
    2015 Nicholas Evans, Nikolaus Himmelmann, Dejan Matić
    A life of polysynthesis: Hans-Jürgen Sasse. Linguistic Typology 19: 327–335.
    2014 Dejan Matić, Irina Nikolaeva
    Realis mood, focus, and existential closure in Tundra Yukaghir. Lingua 150: 202–231.
    2014 Dejan Matić Questions and syntactic islands in Tundra Yukaghir. In Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences, edited by Rik van Gijn, Jeremy Hammond, Dejan Matic, Saskia van Putten, Ana Vilacy Galucio, 127–162. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    2014 Dejan Matić, Irina Nikolaeva Focus feature percolation: Evidence from Tundra Nenets and Tundra Yukaghir. In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, edited by Stefan Müller, 299–317. Standford, CA: CSLI Publications.
    2014 Dejan Matić, Rik van Gijn, Robert D. van Valin Jr.
    Information structure and reference tracking in complex sentences. An overview. In Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences, edited by Rik van Gijn, Jeremy Hammond, Dejan Matic, Saskia van Putten, Ana Vilacy Galucio, 1–42. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    2014 Dejan Matić Deriving information structure from field data. In Methodological Issues in the Study of Information Structure, edited by Dina El Zarka, Steffen Heidinger, 25–42. Graz: Universität Graz.
    2013 Dejan Matić, Brigitte Pakendorf
    Non-canonical SAY in Siberia: Areal and genealogical patterns. Studies in Language 37: 356–412.
    2013 Dejan Matić, Daniel
    The meaning of focus: The significance of an interpretation-based category in cross-linguistic analysis. Journal of Linguistics 49: 127–163.
    2010 Dejan Matić Discourse and syntax in linguistic change: Ratified topics in Serbian/Croatian. In Studies on Information Structure: Language Acquisition and Change, edited by Gisella Ferraresi, Rosemarie Lühr, 117–142. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
    2009 Dejan Matić On the variability of focus meanings. In Current Issues in Unity and Diversity of Languages. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Linguists, Seoul 2008, 10. Seoul: Linguistic Society of Korea.
    2008 Dejan Matić The meaning of predicative particles in Albanian and Greek. In Secondary Predicates in Eastern European Languages and Beyond, edited by Christoph Schroeder, Gerd Hentschel, Winfried Boeder, 215–231. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag der Carl von Ossietzky-Universität.
    2008 Dejan Matić Russian influence on the Kolyma Yukaghir morphosyntax. In Sprachkontakt, synchron und diachron, edited by Antje Casaretto, Silvia Kutscher, 93–124. Aachen: Shaker.
    2008 Dejan Matić A note on hesitative forms in two Ėven dialects. In Sravnitel’no-istoričeskoe i tipologičeskoe izučenie jazykov i kul’tur. Materialy meždunarodnoj naučnoj konferencii XXV Dul’zonovskie čtenija, edited by O.A. Osipova, A.V. Didenko, E.A. Krjukova, 234–239. Tomsk: Tomskij gossudarstvennyj pedagogičeskij universitet.
    2007 Dejan Matić Die Syntax der Kopulasätze im Ungarischen und Englischen: Spezifikation und Kongruenz. In Kopulaverben und Kopulasätze: Intersprachliche und Intrasprachliche Aspekte, edited by Ljudmila Geist, Björn Rothstein, 19–43. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
    2007 Dejan Matić Phonologische Phrasen und die Position der mittelgriechischen Klitika. In Sobria ebrietas. Festschrift Miron Flašar, edited by Vojislav Jelic, 143–158. Belgrad: Filozofski fakultet Univerziteta u Beogradu.
    2006 Daniel Kölligan, Dejan Matić Gr. aōteō ‘schlafen’. International Journal of Diachronic Linguistics and Linguistic Reconstruction 3: 53–61.
    2006 Leila Behrens, Dejan Matić, Hans-Jürgen Sasse
    Cross-cultural differences in comprehension of irony. LAUD, Series A: General & Theoretical Papers 675, 1–37.
    2003 Dejan Matić Topic, focus, and discourse structure: Ancient Greek word order. Studies in Language 27: 573–633.
    1998 Dejan Matić Verb-subject sequence in Classical Greek. Zbornik Matice Srpske za klasičnu filologiju 1: 295–302.


    2020 Dejan Matić Review of "Perspectives on information structure in Austronesian languages" ed. by Sonja Riesberg, Asako Shiohara, and Atsuko Utsumi. In: Language 96 (3): 726-729.
    2012 Dejan Matić
    Review of "Assertion" by Mark Jary. Palgrave Macmillan 2010. LinguistList 23: 2502.
    2010 Dejan Matić Review of "A Historical Dictionary of Yukaghir". eLanguage.
    2007 Dejan Matić Review of "The Handbook of Pragmatics" edited by Laurence R. Horn,Gregory Ward. LinguistList 18: 312.