We are happy to welcome Monica-Mihaela Rizea (Bucharest) back in Frankfurt!
Monica is staying at our department from January 1 to March 31, 2019, as a DAAD fellow with her project “On the Distribution of Negative Polarity Minimizer Expressions. A Collocational and Reading-dependent Account.”
Monday, December 17, we had the traditional Christmas Gathering of the English linguistics group. There was plenty of delicious home-made!) food and we all remembered many nice things that happened or that we had acchieved in 2018.
Happy holidays and the best for 2019 to everyone in the department and to everyone reading this post!
Gert Webelhuth, Sascha Barmann, & Christopher Götze have just published a paper on “Idioms as evidence for the proper analysis of relative clauses” in a volume on Reconstruction effects in relative clauses.
The authors provide evidence against a raising analysis of relative clauses and show that the data on idioms in relative clauses can be captured elegantly in a modification analysis. Among many other highlights, the paper presents the first formal account of anaphoric relations to idiom parts across sentence boundaries.
November 19 & 20, Berthold Crysmann (Paris) visited Frankfurt to give two talks on his joint work with Alain Kihm on Apparent reversal in Old French declension. Berthold and Alain argue that even though the Old French declension looks like a case of reversal, it should better be described in terms of generalizations over various declension classes.
Monica showed that so-called vre-NPIs are weak NPIs but have often claimed to be excluded in sentences with a simple negation. She provides a more refined generalization that accounts for both Continue reading Rizea in Frankfurt→
Dianne Jonas will participate at this year’s meeting of the Netværk for nordisk syntakshistorie (Nordic historical syntax network) Copenhagen, November 1 & 2. The title of her talk is On the Comparative Morphosyntax of ‘think’.