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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: Tel.: +49 - (0)69 - 798 32526 Fax: +49 - (0)69 - 798 32509 E-Mail: sailer "at" em "dot" uni-frankfurt "dot" de

Jamie Findlay in Frankfurt!

Findlay in Frankfurt, June 2018 (photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Jamie Findlay (Oxford) spent a research visit at the IEAS from June 18 to July 5. During his visit, Jamie was working with Sascha Bargmann and Manfred Sailer on recent developments in formal approaches to the analysis of idiomatic expressions. He also discussed this topic in his talk “How (not) to analyse multiword expressions” (June 25, 4.15-5.45 pm, IG 3.201).

Some of the results of Jamie’s very productive stay in Frankfurt will be presented at the workshop on Form-Meaning Mismatches, Continue reading Jamie Findlay in Frankfurt!

New book: “Multiword expressions: Insights from a multi-lingual perspective”

Earlier this week, Language Science Press has published the following edited volume:

(PMWE1, foto: M. Sailer, May 2018)

Sailer, Manfred & Stella Markanotantou. 2018. Multiword expressions: Insights from a multi-lingual perspective (Phraseology and Multiword Expressions, Vol 1). Berlin: Language Science Press. doi 10.5281/zenodo.1182583

The book is one of the results of the COST Action 1207 Parseme: Parsing and Multiword Expressions (2013-2017).

The book is summarized on the web page as follows: Continue reading New book: “Multiword expressions: Insights from a multi-lingual perspective”

Additional course Summer Term 2018

We are happy to annouce the following course by our new colleague, Sascha Bargmann:

“Idioms and their variability”

Monday, 12.15-13.45; room IG 3.201

Start: 9.4.2018

QIS/LSF entry:


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Bargmann, Gehrke & Richter on “How to modify idioms”

Sascha Bargmann, Berit Gehrke (LLF, Paris) & Frank Richter had a joint presentation during the 19th Szklarska Poreba Workshop (February, 23-26). Sascha and Berit attended the meeting and gave a talk on “How to modify idioms”. 

Szklarska Poreba, February 2019 (Photo: S. Bargmann, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The talk is based on joint research initiated within the DAAD-ANR-funded networking program One-to-many correspondendences in morphology, syntax, and semantics.

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Summer term 2018: Introduction to Linguistics (Lehramt)

Unfortunately, not all linguistics courses in FW 1 for the Lehramt prorgrams are visible in QIS/LSF. Here is an overview of the courses:

Course title: Introduction to Linguistics (Lehramt)
Module: FW1
Study programs: L1, L2, L3, L5, MA WiPäd Englisch

  1. Monday, 10-12, NG 2.371 (Frank Richter)
  2. Monday, 12-14, CAS 1.812 (Manfred Sailer)
  3. Monday, 14-16, SH 1.108 (Sascha Bargmann)
  4. Tuesday, 12-14, SH 1.106 (Frank Richter)

Zepter, Bündgens-Kosten & Sailer on Conlangs at the DGfS Lehrerinformationstag

Some conlang books (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

One day before the start of the annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS),  the society’s Lehramtsinitiative organized its  traditional information day for teachers. This year’s topic was Welche Grammatik braucht die Schule? (What kind of grammar is needed for school?). The event included a 2-hour working group on conlanging under the title Kreative Grammatikreflexion: Sprachen erfinden im Grammatikunterricht. This working group was organized by Alexandra Zepter (Cologne), Judith Bündgens-Kosten (Frankfurt) and Manfred Sailer (Frankfurt).

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Jonas on the morphosyntax of the verb “think” from a comparative and diachronic perspective

During her visit to Australia, Dianne Jonas is giving two presentations on  her recent work on the diachronic change of the argument pattern of the verb think in a number of Germanic languages. On February 27, she gave a talk at the unversity of Melbourne on “Thinking comparatively and diachronically. A case study on the verb think“.  March 6, she will give a talk on “Morphosyntactic change – a case study of the verb think” at Monash university (Clayton campus).

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Sailer on “Doing the Devil”

Manfred Sailer’s paper on Doing the devil. Deriving the PPI-hood of a negation-expressing multi-dimensional idiom has  appeared in the recent number of Linguistics. The paper is an elaboration of a presentation at the workshop on Positive Polarity Items organized by Mingya Liu and Gianina Iordăchioaia at DGfS 2015 and has now been integrated into a special issue on Positive Polarity Items, edited by Mingya and Gianina. Continue reading Sailer on “Doing the Devil”