Additional course Summer Term 2018

We are happy to annouce the following course by our new colleague, Sascha Bargmann:

“Idioms and their variability”

Monday, 12.15-13.45; room IG 3.201

Start: 9.4.2018

QIS/LSF entry:


Idioms, like kick the bucket (≈ ‘die’) or pull strings (≈ ‘use connections’), show much more variability than has traditionally been assumed. Not only can their component words often be inflected (morphological variability), repositioned (syntactic variability), or even exchanged (lexical variability), it is usually also possible to insert a modifier (an adjective or a noun) and apply its meaning to the meaning of a part of the idiom (so-called internal modification: pull influential strings ≈ ‘use influential connections’) or the meaning of the idiom as a whole (so-called external modification: kick the social bucket ≈ ‘die socially’). While we will consider all of the before-mentioned topics in this class, our main focus will be on so-called conjunction modification, in which a modifier that is inserted into an idiom modifies the literal meaning of an idiom’s part, while the idiom as a whole is still understood in its idiomatic meaning, as in pull Kim’s tattooed leg (≈ ‘make fun of Kim’ + ‘Kim has a tattooed leg’).


 L2/5, L3: FW2
BA English Studies: BAES 3.41
Empirische Sprachwissenschaft: En 5


During the first course meeting.

Please contact the lecturer, Mr Sascha Bargmann.

Bargmann, Gehrke & Richter on “How to modify idioms”

Sascha Bargmann, Berit Gehrke (LLF, Paris) & Frank Richter had a joint presentation during the 19th Szklarska Poreba Workshop (February, 23-26). Sascha and Berit attended the meeting and gave a talk on “How to modify idioms”. 

Szklarska Poreba, February 2019 (Photo: S. Bargmann, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The talk is based on joint research initiated within the DAAD-ANR-funded networking program One-to-many correspondendences in morphology, syntax, and semantics.

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Tilman Höhle’s Gesammelte Schriften

Earlier this week the open access publisher Language Science Press published a complete collection of papers by Tilman Höhle, edited by Stefan Müller, Marga Reis and Frank Richter. Tilman Höhle wrote a significant number of highly influential papers on German grammar (and on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar) from the early 80s until the beginning of the millenium. Among the topics covered are Continue reading Tilman Höhle’s Gesammelte Schriften

Summer term 2018: Introduction to Linguistics (Lehramt)

Unfortunately, not all linguistics courses in FW 1 for the Lehramt prorgrams are visible in QIS/LSF. Here is an overview of the courses:

Course title: Introduction to Linguistics (Lehramt)
Module: FW1
Study programs: L1, L2, L3, L5, MA WiPäd Englisch

  1. Monday, 10-12, NG 2.371 (Frank Richter)
  2. Monday, 12-14, CAS 1.812 (Manfred Sailer)
  3. Monday, 14-16, SH 1.108 (Sascha Bargmann)
  4. Tuesday, 12-14, SH 1.106 (Frank Richter)

Zepter, Bündgens-Kosten & Sailer on Conlangs at the DGfS Lehrerinformationstag

Some conlang books (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

One day before the start of the annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS),  the society’s Lehramtsinitiative organized its  traditional information day for teachers. This year’s topic was Welche Grammatik braucht die Schule? (What kind of grammar is needed for school?). The event included a 2-hour working group on conlanging under the title Kreative Grammatikreflexion: Sprachen erfinden im Grammatikunterricht. This working group was organized by Alexandra Zepter (Cologne), Judith Bündgens-Kosten (Frankfurt) and Manfred Sailer (Frankfurt).

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Jonas on the morphosyntax of the verb “think” from a comparative and diachronic perspective

During her visit to Australia, Dianne Jonas is giving two presentations on  her recent work on the diachronic change of the argument pattern of the verb think in a number of Germanic languages. On February 27, she gave a talk at the unversity of Melbourne on “Thinking comparatively and diachronically. A case study on the verb think“.  March 6, she will give a talk on “Morphosyntactic change – a case study of the verb think” at Monash university (Clayton campus).

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English Linguistics in the study program Empirische Sprachwissenschaft

Since the winter term 2017/18, the linguistics section of IEAS contributes the area of specialization “Englische Sprachwissenschaft/English Linguistics” to the BA program “Empirische Sprachwissenschaft”. English Linguistics can only be chosen as a minor specialization (Nebenfach).

We are looking forward to welcoming the students in this new specialization. They will do a total of 54 to 60 credits in our group, joining their fellow students from other study programs, such as Lehramt Englisch, BA English Studies, and MA Linguistics. Continue reading English Linguistics in the study program Empirische Sprachwissenschaft