Frank Richter was invited for a talk at Laura Kallmeyer’s computational linguistics group at Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf on January 30, 2020. Frank’s presentation on Idiom Modification, based on work with Berit Gehrke and Sascha Bargmann, was investigating corpus data with a particular kind of modified idiom which displays its usual idiomatic reading but also a literal interpretation of that part of it that is targeted by modification. A classical example of this kind of construction is Ernst’s (1981) In spite of the treatment the other refugees received from the rescue party in the desert, he bit his thirst-swollen tongue and kept to himself. Here the modifier thirst-swollen does not belong to the idiomatic expression in which it is embedded (to bite one’s tongue), and it triggers a literal interpretation of the noun tongue, which at the same time belongs to the idiomatic expression. Ernst called these peculiar cases of idiom modification conjunction modification. Corpus studies reveal that the phenomenon is more widespread than one might expect, and the data are clearly a lot of fun.
The 4th student conference on “REsearch in English Linguistics” (REEL-Day) took place February 15 at Goethe Univesity. It is a continuation of a teaching cooperation between the Department of English Linguistics, Mainz, and IEAS/Linguistics, Frankfurt, which started last year. This year, Ulrike Schneider (Mainz) and Manfred Sailer (Frankfurt) taught parallel project-oriented courses on the overreaching topic of Language in Politics.
Note: The position has been filled!
In der Arbeitsgruppe „Syntax-Semantik-Schnittstelle“ (Sailer) der Englischen Sprachwissenschaft ist zum 1.4.2020 eine studentische Hilfskraftstellen zu besetzen.
20 Stunden im Monat, 1.4.2020-30.9.2020
Die gesuchte Hilfskraft soll die Arbeitsgruppe technisch und inhaltlich unterstützen. Das beinhaltet Scan-Aufträge, Computerbetreuung (Mac), Unterstützung bei LaTex-Projekten, Aktualisierung des Internetauftritts (www.english-linguistics.de), Continue reading Studentische Hilfskraft gesucht!
The proceedings of the International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 2019, Bucharest, are online! They contain two papers that are co-authored by members of the Frankfurt English Linguistics group: Continue reading HPSG 2019 proceedings online
Im Rahmen des Projekts Linguistic Dimensions of Sexual Normativity (LIDISNO) (Institut für England- und Amerikastudien, Abteilung Linguistik) wird folgende Hilfskraftstelle ausgeschrieben:
Studentische Hilfskraft mit BA-Abschluss (30h/Monat, für drei Monate: April bis Juni 2020)
Aufgaben liegen im Wesentlichen im Bereich der Korpusdatensammlung und -aufarbeitung (Automatische Texterkennung, Korrekturlesen, Texteditieren, Datenkonvertierung, Scannen), daneben mitunter kleinere Recherchen und Bibliotheksgänge.
October 30, Sascha Bargmann successfully defended his thesis on Chopping up idioms: Towards a combinatorial analysis.
In his thesis, Sascha develops an argument for a consequent lexical treatment of idioms, whenever such a treatment is possible. To do this, he looks at data that have not been taken into account systematically in the previous literature.
Gert Webelhuth was an invited speaker at this year’s Colloque de Syntaxe et Sémantique à Paris (CSSP). He spoke On the role of c-command in German. In his talk, he presented empricial evidence against the c-command condition in German: (i) cases in which relative scope of quantifiers is not determined by their surface c-command relation, (ii) cases of pronouns that are bound by non-c-commanding quantifiers, and (iii) cases of NPIs that are not c-commanded by their licensers. Continue reading Webelhuth and Sailer presenting at CSSP 2019
Gerald Penn (Toronto)
will give a talk on
Writing, Decipherment and the Search for Meaning in Language
Wednesday, 7. August 2019
14.00 (st) – 15.30
Casino, 823 (Festsaal) Continue reading Gerald Penn on “Writing, Decipherment and the Search for Meaning in Language”
This year’s HPSG conference took place in Bucharest, Rumania, July 24-26. It was very well organized and included a rich and interesting sightseeing program. Gert Webelhuth and Manfred Sailer were the
only participants from Frankfurt at HPSG 2019. Gert presented joint work with Olivier Bonami on syntactic haplology in Dutch and Manfred gave a joint talk with Monica-Mihaela Rizea on emphatic NPIs in result clauses in Romanian.
The papers presented at the main conference and at the pre-conference Continue reading HPSG 2019: Conference report