Petra Dünges

Department of Language Science and Technology

Saarland University


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Petra Dünges

I am a PhD student at the Department of Language Science and Technology (formerly: Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics) in Saarland University in Saarbrücken. Besides, I have a scholarly interest in Arabic children's literature and I translate Arabic children's books into German. I have profile at ResearchGate.

I am currently finalising my PhD thesis On the Foundations of Temporal Discourse Representation Theory. My supervisors are Patrick Rowan Blackburn and Manfred Pinkal. Discourse Representation Theory (DRT) is a major theory of formal semantics of natural language, i.e. of that philosophically inspired linguistic endeavour which seeks for a precise description of meaning by translating human language into the language of mathematical logic. Temporal DRT, which models the way natural language describes the location of eventualities in time, is a core element of Discourse Representation Theory. My point of departure is the by now classical book From Discourse to Logic by Hans Kamp and Uwe Reyle. I look at the basic building blocks of Temporal DRT and propose several extensions and modifications. Some results are not specific to DRT, but are applicable to other temporal theories with an eventuality based model theoretical semantics as well.

I am the co-author of a book in the field of formal syntax. The book, Anaphern, Quantoren und Parallelität by Jan Lerner and Petra Dünges, was published by Gunter Narr Verlag.

By training, I am a physicist. I hold a degree in physics from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz. I am Diplom-Physikerin, which is comparable to a Master of Science in Physics. I wrote my Master's thesis in the area of mathematical physics in the research group for Theoretical High Energy Physics (=Theoretische Elementarteilchen-Physik, ThEP). In addition I attended seminars on the Arabic language and literature in the then Seminar für Orientkunde of the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, with focus on Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic. Once I was a data base administrator for ADABAS (VMS) and a system manager of a VAX cluster at HBM (Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik), which is now a part of HBK (Hottinger, Brüel and Kjaer).


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