After the spontaneous but extremely successful reorganization of last years International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG 2020) as an online event, it was decided that this year’s instantiation of the conference will be organized as a virtual meeting right from the start.
Shene Othman Hassan submitted her thesis on Syntactic and semantic aspects of supplementary relative clauses in English and Sorānī Kurdish and defended it December 18. Congratulations!
Shene looks at two understudied types of supplementary (i.e. non-restrictive) relative clause in English: those introduced by determiner-which, see (1), and those introduced by that, as in (2).
(1) Maybe people will attack me, in which case I will attack back. (COCA)
(2) The Patas monkey, that spends almost all of its time in open grassland,
adopts just such tactics. (Huddleston & Pullum, 2002: 1052) Continue reading Hassan’s thesis on supplementary relative clauses
The 13th volume of Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics contains Manfred Sailer’s paper on Attributive “wrong” in underspecified semantics. The paper is based on Manfred’s talk at CSSP 2019. Manfred argues that there are two non-local readings of attributive wrong, illustrated in (1) and (2).
(1) The police arrested the wrong person.
‘The person that the police arrested is not (among) the person(s) that the police should have arrested.’
(2) Bluebeard’s wife opened the wrong door.
‘The door that Bluebeard’s wife should not open is among the doors that Bluebeard’s wife opened.’ Continue reading Sailer on attributive “wrong”
Monica-Mihaela Rizea’s and Manfred’s research on negative polarity items (NPI) has just appeared in a special issue of Linguisticae Investigationes on Interfaces in Romance: A constraint-based approach (edited by Gabriela Bîlbîie):
Rizea, Monica-Mihaela & Manfred Sailer. 2020. A constraint-based modeling of negative polarity items in result clause constructions in Romanian. Linguisticae Investigationes 43(1). 129–168. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/li.00042.riz
The 27th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG 2020) took place as an online conference, August 17-19. Continue reading HPSG 2020: Conference report
This year’s Sinn und Bedeutung conference featured a special session on the History of Formal Semantics.
This section consisted of interviews with four famous linguists who were influential in the development of formal semantics: Hans Kamp, Barbara Partee, Martin Stokhof, and Angelika Kratzer.
The interviews were recorded and are available on the conference web site. Continue reading Resource: Interviews with famous semanticists
Note: The position has been filled
Für das Wintersemester 2020/21 wird in der Abteilung Linguistik des IEAS eine wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft gesucht.
Entwicklung von Materialien für die Online-Lehre in der Englischen Continue reading Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft für online-Materialien gesucht
Note: The position has been filled
Für das Wintersemester 2020/21 ist in der Abteilung Linguistik des IEAS Tutoriumsstelle für die Introduction to Linguistics zu besetzten.
Unterstützung der Lehre in der Englischen Sprachwissenschaft Continue reading Tutor*in gesucht Intro Linguistics WiSe 2020/21
The 27th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG 2020) will occur as an online conference, around August 17-19. Participation will be free of charge. The exact details are still in the planning. Continue reading Three IEAS talks at HPSG 2020
Dr. Janina Radó is offering a colloquium for exam preparation during the summer semester 2020. There is an olat course to this colloquium. Please write to Manfred Sailer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get access to this course.