Category Archives: Famous linguists

Paris in March

Many members of the English linguistics team of the IEAS will participate in two events in Paris at the end of March which will be integrated in a meeting of the network on “One-to-many Correspondences”:

  1. The 4th European Workshop on HPSG, Paris, 24-25 March 2017 
  2. Constraint-based Syntax and Semantics in honnor of Danièle Godard, Paris, 27 March 2017.

The workshop on the first two day includes presentations by various Frankfurt participants in the “One-to-many” network:

  • Andy Lücking (computer science) Can co-verbal gestures tell us something about grammar? Some Examples
  • Philippa Cook (IEAS): tba
  • Manfred Sailer (IEAS): The multi-dimensional semantics of kinegrams
  • Frank Richter & David Lahm (IEAS): tba

The European Worshop on HPSG has been an (almost) yearly event, alternating between Frankfurt/Main (2012 & 2015) and Paris (2014).

Semantic Fiction

The murder of Richard Montague, disruptive innovator in the thriving field of formal semantics (as he might be called by advertising companies today), is an unsolved police case. His theories of natural language, and their many successors, are of course still taught today, as any student in our semantics courses can tell you. For taking some time off from the intellectual effort that it takes to come to grips with logical languages, without leaving the topic altogether, there is an exciting option: A few years ago, Aifric Campbell published a murder mystery, The Semantics of Murder, which is constructed around the real-world events surrounding the life of Richard Montague. Here’s your exceptional chance to enjoy a structural analysis of a higher-order quantificational formula in a relaxing environment – as a student of semantics you might want to check out page 58 of the 2008 softcover edition right away!

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Emmon Bach (1929-2014)

Emmon Bach during the Emmon Fest, Frankfurt a.M. 2014
Emmon Bach during the Emmon Fest, Frankfurt a.M. 2014 (Photo: Frank Richter, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

 

It is with great sadness that we learned that Emmon Bach died on November 28.

The website http://emmonbach.info is a place for sharing memories and contains many pictures from the Emmon Fest in Frankfurt just a few months ago.

Emmon’s colleagues from SOAS have have posted a Tribute to Emmon Bach.

An obituary has been posted on the Language Log.

Symposium in Honor of Emmon Bach

This year, Emmon Bach turns 85 years old. To celebrate this occasion, Emmon the person, and his career and accomplishments as a linguist, a symposium will be held in his honor in the Eisenhower Room of  Goethe-University Frankfurt. The Eisenhower Room was General Eisenhower’s office when he led the military government of Germany and is the most representative room of the University of Frankfurt.

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Chuck Fillmore honored by the ACL

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