All posts by Manfred

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

Crevels on South American indigenous languages

Mily Crevels (Leiden) will be a guest at the IEAS June 11 & 12. She will present part of her work on indigenous languages in South America in Manfred’s class Introduction to Linguistics 2. The talk will be particularly suited for students, as it does not presuppose prior knowledge on the topic.

South American indigenous languages:  The importance of language documentation

Mily Crevels (LUCL, Leiden University)
e.i.crevels@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Wednesday, 12.6.2019
10-12 ct
SH 5.106

The official total number of the indigenous population of South America amounts to approximately 13 million, a number that has to be interpreted with some caution. Although many languages have probably disappeared since the first contact with the Spaniards, Continue reading Crevels on South American indigenous languages

Sailer at Modification of Complex Predicates, Düsseldorf

Manfred Sailer gave an invited talk at the workshop on Modification of Complex Predicates, Düsseldorf, 23.&24.5.2019. The workshop was organized jointly by a number of projects of the SFB 991: The structure of representations in language, cognition, and science.

Düsseldorf, May 2019 (Photo: M. Sailer,  BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The workshop organizers, Curtis Anderson, Timm Lichte, and Jens Fleischhauer aimed at bringing together researchers on various kinds of complex predicates and at jointly discussing to which extend modification data can help shed light on the properties of complex predicates. The 10 workshop presentations illuminated exactly these aspects using different types of data and analytical tools. In his own talk, Manfred looked at modified kinegrams as in (1).

(1) Alex pricked her big ears. Continue reading Sailer at Modification of Complex Predicates, Düsseldorf

Frankfurt Summer School: Linguistics

This year’s Frankfurt Summer School (5.8.-30.8.) offers a 4-weeks course package in research methods in linguistics.

The modules are open to all interested students. They are particularly useful for students of disciplines in which language plays an essential role, such as linguistics, philology, literary studies, media studies, gender studies, ethnology, (foreign) language teaching etc.

The lecturers include: Gerald Penn (Toronto), Janina Radó (Frankfurt a.M.), Frank Richter (Frankfurt a.M.), Manfred Sailer (Frankfurt a.M.), Ulrike Schneider (Mainz)

Module 1: Basic Research Methods in Linguistics (weeks 1 and 2, 05.08.–15.08.)

Language is an essential feature ofall humans that distinguishes us from all other known species. The study of human languages is not Continue reading Frankfurt Summer School: Linguistics

englicious: Material for teaching English grammar

The Survey of English Usage project of University College London has been creating resources for teaching English.  The web site englicious.org is of particular interest for future teachers of English. It is freely accessible and contains material to explain and practice English grammar, based on the UK National Curriculum of 2014. Continue reading englicious: Material for teaching English grammar

IEAS/Linguistics Christmas Gathering 2018

(Photo F. Richter, BY-NC-ND 3.0))

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!

Call for papers: REEL Day 2019 “Digital Data in English Linguistics”

CALL FOR PAPERS

REsearch in English Linguistics
(REEL Day 2019)
Digital data in English linguistics:
Lexical and functional uses of verbs

Mainz, 16.2.2019, 9am – 6pm

Organizers: Ulrike Schneider (Mainz) & Manfred Sailer (Frankfurt)

Keynote: Bas Aarts (UCL)

Webpage: https://www.english-linguistics.de/digital-data-in-english-linguistics-2019/

We would like to invite students (BA, MA, Lehramt) from Goethe University to submit proposals for posters and/or short presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion) to the first joint Mainz-Frankfurt student workshop on Digital Data in English Linguistics. Continue reading Call for papers: REEL Day 2019 “Digital Data in English Linguistics”

Webelhuth et al in “Reconstruction effects in relative clauses”

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.

(Photo M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0))

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.

Continue reading Webelhuth et al in “Reconstruction effects in relative clauses”

Crysmann on Apparent Reversal in Old French Declension

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.

Figure 3 of Crysmann & Kihm (2018)

Berthold’s visit was funded as part of the Paris-Frankfurt network One-to-Many Correspondences in Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics (2017 & 2018). Continue reading Crysmann on Apparent Reversal in Old French Declension