Markus Egg is a scholar for Theoretical and Computational Linguistics. After his doctorate in 1993 he worked for several projects, such as “Wissensquellen für die Interpretation von Modifikationsstrukturen” within the Sonderforschungsbereich 340 “Sprachtheoretische Grundlagen für die Computerlinguistik” and “Semantic Construction” and “Semantic Evaluation” by the German “Verbmobil” for IBM Germany.
Following his habilitation in 2001 he became substitute professor at the Universities of Bielefeld, Leipzig and Jena. Within the Sonderforschungsbereich “Ressourcenadaptive kognitive Prozesse” he carried out his researches within the project “Constraint-based Higher-order Representations for Unspecified Semantics” at the Universität des Saarlandes. From 2005 to 2008 he was associate professor and besides that head of the Department of Communication and Information Science at Rijksuniversität Groningen.
In 2009 he received a full professorship by the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His researches focus on semantics and its interfaces with syntax and pragmatics, discourse structure and information structure. At Topoi he investigates the connections between space and metaphor.