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
This year’s annual meeting of the German Lingusitic Society (DGfS) hosted a workshop on One-to-many relations in morphology, syntax, and semantics, organized by Berthold Crysmann (Paris). The workshop comprised a number of presentations by members of the IEAS-LLF network One-to-Many (2017 & 2018). Continue reading One-to-Many Workshop at DGfS 2018→
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”.
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).
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).