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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

Gerald Penn on “Writing, Decipherment and the Search for Meaning in Language”

Gerald Penn (Toronto)

will give a talk on

Writing, Decipherment and the Search for Meaning in Language

Wednesday, 7. August 2019
14.00 (st) – 15.30
Casino, 823 (Festsaal)

The talk is part of the Frankfurt Summer School 2019, but everybody is cordially invited to attend. Apologies for the short notice!

Gerald is on a research visit at the linguistics group of IEAS during most of August. If you would like to meet him, please contact Frank Richter (f.richter@em.uni-frankfurt.de)

HPSG 2019: Conference report

This year’s HPSG conference took place in Bucharest, Rumania, July 24-26. It was very well organized and included a rich and interesting sightseeing program. Gert Webelhuth and Manfred Sailer were the

Entrance to HPSG 2019 (Photo: M. Sailer, ,  BY-NC-ND 3.0)

only participants from Frankfurt at HPSG 2019. Gert presented joint work with Olivier Bonami on syntactic haplology in Dutch and Manfred gave a joint talk with Monica-Mihaela Rizea on emphatic NPIs in result clauses in Romanian.

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Bargmann on “Chopping up Idioms”

Monday, July 1, Sascha Bargmann submitted his doctoral dissertion. Congratulations!!

Sascha’s dissertation has the title Chopping up Idioms. Towards a Combinatorial Analysis. Sascha develops an argument for a consequent lexical treatment of idioms, whenever such a treatment is possible. To do this, he looks at data that have not been taken into account systematically in the previous literature.

Two IEAS-talks at HPSG 2019

HPSG 2019 homepage: https://conferences.unibuc.ro//hpsg2019/index.html

This year’s HPSG conference will take place in Bucharest.  It will host two talks that are based on long-standing cooperations of members of the IEAS-linguistics department with other partners:

  • Monica-Mihaela Rizea (Bucharest) & Manfred Sailer: Representing scales. Degree result clauses and emphatic negative polarity items in Romanian
  • Gert Webelhuth & Olivier Bonami (Paris): Syntactic haplology and the Dutch proform ‘er’

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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

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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 are: Gerald Penn (Toronto), Janina Radó (Frankfurt a.M.), Frank Richter (Frankfurt a.M.), Iverina Ivanova (Frankfurt a.M.), and  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