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Manfred Sailer Institut für England- und Amerikastudien (Section English Linguistics) Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Grüneburgplatz 1 D-60629 Frankfurt am Main Germany Homepage: http://user.uni-frankfurt.de/~sailer/ Tel.: +49 - (0)69 - 798 32526 Fax: +49 - (0)69 - 798 32509 E-Mail: sailer "at" em "dot" uni-frankfurt "dot" de

Linguistic calendar

Today is International Mother Language Day!
A great opportunity to celebrate linguistic diversity, to support projects to explore and protect endangered languages, to find out about language minorities and linguistic diversity in your own country!

Here is a list of holidays and special dates with relation to language and linguistics. This list will hopefully expand in the near future and we will add more information to the indicated events.

  • Feburary 21: Mother Language Day
  • March 20: UN French Language Day
  • April 20: UN Chinese Language Day (coinciding with the Chinese celebrations of the mythical figure who is said to have invented the Chinese characters)
  • April 23: UN English Language Day (coinciding with the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth)
  • June 6: UN Russian Language Day (coinciding with Aleksandr Pushkin’s birthday). Official website (in Russian)
  • September 26: European Day of Languages
  • October 12: UN Spanish Language Day (coinciding with Spain’s national holiday)
  • December 15: Zamenhof Day/Esperanto Day. The birthday of Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof (1859-1917), the creator of Esperanto.
  • December 18: UN Arabic Language Day

Drop us a note if you know of other language-related holidays!

Paris in March

Many members of the English linguistics team of the IEAS will participate in two events in Paris at the end of March which will be integrated in a meeting of the network on “One-to-many Correspondences”:

  1. The 4th European Workshop on HPSG, Paris, 24-25 March 2017 
  2. Constraint-based Syntax and Semantics in honnor of Danièle Godard, Paris, 27 March 2017.

The workshop on the first two day includes presentations by various Frankfurt participants in the “One-to-many” network:

  • Andy Lücking (computer science) Can co-verbal gestures tell us something about grammar? Some Examples
  • Philippa Cook (IEAS): tba
  • Manfred Sailer (IEAS): The multi-dimensional semantics of kinegrams
  • Frank Richter & David Lahm (IEAS): tba

The European Worshop on HPSG has been an (almost) yearly event, alternating between Frankfurt/Main (2012 & 2015) and Paris (2014).

Paris-Frankfurt Cooperation on “One-to-Many Correspondences”

During 2017 and 2018, there will be a series of mutual visits between our department and the Laborartoire de linguistics formelle in Paris. The overreaching topic of this co-operation is “One-to-many correspondences in morphology, syntax and semantics”.

The Frankfurt part of the  co-operation is supported by the DAAD program Programme des projektbezogenen Personenaustauschs. The co-operation builds on research contacts that have been developing over the last few years, which have let, for example, to establishing the European Workshops on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar.

We will inform on the progress of this co-operation on this blog. Here is a summary of the main ideas of the project.

Summary of the project

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Language musea

Recently, the plans for a Museum of Linguistics have been widely spread through the (social) media. In winter 2019, Planet World has been announced to open as the first interactive museum on language in the USA.

There are already a number of similar musea, maybe you will have the opportunity to visit one of them in the near future. Please drop a comment, if you know of other such places or if you would like to report on your visit in one of them!

Sailer talks at “The Syntax of Idioms”, Utrecht, 20.1.2017

Manfred Sailer gave a talk at the one-day workshop on “The Syntax of Idioms”, organized by the Leuven & Utrecht project of the same name.  In the morning, project members presented their results and the database of idioms in Dutch dialects. In the afternoon, there were invited talks by Julia Horváth (Tel Aviv) on “Idioms and ‘Constructions’: Implications for the architecture of grammar”, Martin Everaert (Utrecht) on “Idioms: what you see is what you get?”, and Manfred on “The meaning of `meaningless’ idiom parts”.

Utrecht, January 2017. (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Manfred’s talk was based on joint work with Sascha Bargman on how to model the syntactic flexibility of non-decomposable idioms such as kick the bucket `die´.

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LangSci Series: Phraseology and Multiword Expressions

The open access publisher Language Science Press has just announced a new series, Phraseology and Multiword Expressions (PMWE). This series grew out of the activities of the COST Action Parseme, in which several members of our IEAS group have participated.

The series will publish monographs and edited volumes relating to  computational, formal, and/or grammar-theoretical approaches to all types of phraseological units/multiword expressions. 

If you have questions relating to this series, please contact Manfred or pmwe@langsci-press.org.

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Rizea, Iordachioăia & Richter on Romanian Negative Polarity Items

Monica-Mihaela Rizea, Gianina Iordachioăia & Frank Richter have cooperated on Romanian Negative Polarity items since Monica’s visit in Frankfurt in April 2016. As a result of this cooperation, they had joint posters at the Parseme meeting in Dubrovnik (September 2016) and the figurative language workshop in Tübingen (December 2016). They also had a joint paper presentation at the 12 International Conference “Linguistic Resources and Tools for Processing the Romanian Language”, Mălini, 27-29 October 2016. The proceedings of this conference are available online and contain their paper.

Monica presenting in Tübingen, December 2016. (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

One of the aims of this cooperation is an update of the Romanian part of the Collection of Distributionally Idiosyncratic Items (CoDII), which was initiated by Frank and Gianina and which is now being updated by Monica.

 

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Sailer talks on kinegrams

Castle Hohentübingen, December 2016 (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Manfred Sailer gave an invited talk at the workshop “Recent Trends in Figurative Language Research”, Tübingen, December 8&9. The workshop brought together researchers from theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology, first and second language acquisition research, medicine, and computational linguistics.

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Final Parseme Meeting, Dubrovnik

The final meeting of the research network PARSEME (“Parsing and Multiword Expressions”) took place September 26-27, 2016, in Dubrovnik (Croatia).

CAAS, Dubrovnik
CAAS, Dubrovnik. (Photo: Sailer, September 2016, BY-NC-ND 3.0 )

From the IEAS, Sascha Barmann and Manfred Sailer participated. Sascha presented a joint post with Doug Arnold (Essex) on “Idiom Licensing in Non-restrictive Relative Clauses“.  They show that Continue reading Final Parseme Meeting, Dubrovnik