Heike Walker’s dissertation on “The syntax and semantics of relative clause attachment” is available online through the university library!
Heike’s dissertation not only gives a great overview over the existing literature and approaches on relative clause extraposition, it also contains a concise introduction into HPSG and Lexical Resource Semantics and provides a new analysis of challenging data.
The dissertation abstract as it appears on the UB page: Continue reading Walker’s dissertation!
The proceedings of HeadLex 2016, the joint conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar, are available online.
They contain contribtions from the following IEAS/linguistics colleagues: David Lahm, Frank Richter, and Manfred Sailer & Assif Am-David. Continue reading HeadLex16 Proceedings available!
The open access publisher Language Science Press has just announced a new series, Phraseology and Multiword Expressions (PMWE). This series grew out of the activities of the COST Action Parseme, in which several members of our IEAS group have participated.
The series will publish monographs and edited volumes relating to computational, formal, and/or grammar-theoretical approaches to all types of phraseological units/multiword expressions.
If you have questions relating to this series, please contact Manfred or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many tests of semantic properties that linguists use in their everyday life rely on reasoning. For example, if you know that all space aliens love chocolate, and you learn that Mary is a space alien, then you also know that Mary loves chocolate. This does not only tell you something important about space aliens, on closer inspection and after some serious linguistic analyzing it also reveals certain properties of the meaning of the determiner all. Continue reading Paper on Automatic Reasoning
Gianina Iordăchioaia and Frank Richter published a paper in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory on analyzing negative concord in Romanian and other languages as polyadic quantification. They Continue reading Iordăchioaia & Richter on Negative Concord
In a recent paper, Jennifer Spenader, Frank Richter and Janina Radó extend previous experimental work by Frank and Janina on negative polarity items in German to parallel data in English. In two experiments they investigated the ability of native speakers to distinguish different groups of NPIs:
J. Spenader, F. Richter & J. Radó (2014): Experimental Investigations of Licensing Environments for NPIs in English. In: Jack Hoeksema & Dicky Gilbers (eds.): Black Book. A Festschrift in Honor of Frans Zwarts. University of Groningen, pp. 301-310
Assif Am-David published a monograph based on his dissertation “A semantic typology of definiteness”. This book explores the crosslinguistic distributional patterns of definiteness markers. A distinction is drawn between semantic definiteness and morpho-syntactic definiteness marking. The semantic components of definiteness are arranged, similar to semantic maps, and language-specifically assigned to definiteness markers. This model is based on the results of an empirical study of Q’ekchi’, Otomi, Maori and Basque. The choice of a suitable sample for a typological study is also discussed.
Am-David, Assif (2014): A Semantic Typology of Definiteness. Lampert Academic Publishing.
The book can be purchased at:
Laura Kallmeyer and Frank Richter have a new paper out which investigates how Frame Semantics and type-logical semantics can be combined. It will be presented this summer at Formal Grammar 19 in Tübingen. A draft version is already available.