Institut für England- und Amerikastudien (Section English Linguistics)
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 - (0)69 - 798 32526
Fax: +49 - (0)69 - 798 32509
E-Mail: sailer "at" em "dot" uni-frankfurt "dot" de
October 11, 10am-6pm, Berthold Crysmann (Paris) will offer a full-day introduction to Information-based Morphology (IbM, Crysmann & Bonami 2016) in room IG 3.201. Everyone is cordially invited!
Information-based Morphology is a constraint-based approach to inflectional morphology. Its full potential can be seen in analyses of inflectional phenomena such as variable morph ordering and multiple exponence. The course will provide the participants with a practical working knowledge of this framework.
Over the last year, the projects NRR (Non-restrictive Relative Clauses) and CON (Constraint-based Analysis of relative clauses) worked together on non-restrictive relative clauses with split antecedents. The results of this cooperation were presented as a poster at this year’s Sinn und Bedeutung, Berlin/Potsdam, 7.-10.9.2017. The poster was presented by Claudia Poschmann and co-authored by Claudia Poschmann, Sascha Bargmann, Christopher Götze, Anke Holler, Manfred Sailer, Gert Webelhuth, and T. Ede Zimmermann.
June 26 & 27, Susanne Flach (Neuchâtel) visited our research group. She gave a talk on “We must be born with it … maybe … are we?” A case study in morphological constraint acquisition in the Oberseminar meeting June 26. She discussed data on the go-V constrution as in Go get the nurse!. This construction has puzzled researchers because it cannot occur with verb forms distinct from the base form, i.e. we do not have *He goes gets/get the newspaper, *She went see/saw the doctor.
Thomas motivated the concept of multimodal constructions, which leads to a considerable extension of what should be described within a linguistic theory. Thomas has just come back from the International Conference on Multimodal Communication in Osnabrück, so we were priviledged to learn about current developments in this domain.
Heike Walker’s dissertation on “The syntax and semantics of relative clause attachment” is available online through the university library!
Heike’s dissertation not only gives a great overview over the existing literature and approaches on relative clause extraposition, it also contains a concise introduction into HPSG and Lexical Resource Semantics and provides a new analysis of challenging data.