by Assif Am-David, Frankfurt a.M.
One of the most intriguing and widely studied topics in linguistics is the nature of language change. It is a well-known fact that natural languages of all types keep changing constantly. Language change can be studied from several angles: One can reconstruct extinct languages, classify languages to language families, recognise trends in lexical and grammatical changes and draw historical conclusions from language change. However, perhaps the most prominent question regarding language change is why it happens in the first place. Continue reading Language Change
Starting October 1, 2014, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, offers full funding for 12 graduate students who aim for a PhD in the domain of nominal modification. These 12 PhD positions will be part of the newly approved graduate program “Nominal Modification“, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Application for the program is open till June 30.
Find more information on the program and the application requirements on the graduate school’s website.
We are happy to announce that the following resources are hosted on www.english-linguistics.de:
- The wiki for Lexical Resource Semantics (created 2012) containing:
- The homepage of the project Distributional Idiosyncrasies (German: Distributionsidiosynkrasien), project A5 of the SFB 441, Tübingen, 2002-2009. The following resources have been developed in this project and have been ported to our server:
We will try to update the resources.
We hope that these resources are useful for your work – they certainly have been for ours.
Manfred Sailer, Frank Richter.
by Assif Am David, Frankfurt a.M.
Honorifics are a linguistic encoding of social relations in a discourse. Therefore, they are closely related to pragmatic and sociolinguistic phenomena. On the other hand, unlike the latter, they are often highly grammaticalised and require not only pragmatic, but also formal consistency.
Honorifics can be divided into three different axis depending on whose honour (or disrespect) is expressed by the utterance. Comrie first introduced the different axes honorifics can refer to: Continue reading Honorifics: Types, Data, and Importance for Linguistic Theory
by Assif Am David, Frankfurt a.M.
It is commonly assumed in linguistics that language is a phenomenon unique to humans. It is normally associated with the Great Leap Forward, an anthropological revolution which took place about 50,000 years ago and gave rise to the behavioural modernity. Language is considered a core factor in this revolution which resulted in a more complex, abstract thought and in larger intricate social organization, possibly by allowing social constructivism, which is a conventional postulation of abstract social entities.
The study of language in animals, often referred to as biolinguistics, attempts to refute this idea. Continue reading Animal communication
Chuck Fillmore has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
Chuck Fillmore (1929-2014) has been one of the most influential linguistists in the last 50 years. His work centers around syntax and lexical semantics. He is one of the founders of Construction Grammar and has developed the theoretical basis of frame semantics. Continue reading Chuck Fillmore honored by the ACL