by Assif Am-David, Frankfurt a.M.
For the last 150 years the ultimate representation of language change has been the family tree model. I shall start by explaining what the family tree model is. I shall pursue in presenting some major schools raising contention against this model. Finally, I shall discuss these critical voices in light of the progress in historical linguistics. Continue reading Models of Language Change
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:
Assif Am-David and Manfred Sailer will offer a one-day intensive workshop on “Safety helmets must be worn” – Mehrdeutigkeit als sprachwissenschaftlicher Untersuchungsgegenstand (Ambiguity as a linguistic research topic) on Tuesday, July 8, during the Schülercampus, Frankfurt (July 6-12, 2014).
Continue reading Ambiguity for high school students
Jim Blevins created a website for the Emmonfest, which was celebrated a week ago here in Frankfurt. It includes the program of the event, a link to the text of Emmon Bach’s Friday morning talk, and links to photostreams. There is more to come in the near future.
Für das Wintersemester 2014/15 wird in der Abteilung Linguistik des IEAS ein/e Tutor/in für die Introduction to Linguistics gesucht. Continue reading Tutor/in Englische Sprachwissenschaft gesucht!
We cordially invite to the following guest lecture:
Holden Härtl (Kassel)
Monday June 23, 16ct, room IG 3.201.
“On the relation between word-formation and naming: A pragmatic perspective”
Continue reading Holden Härtl: “On the Relation Between Word-formation and Naming”, 23.6.2014
As announced earlier, Goethe-University Frankfurt will host a symposium for Emmon Bach. The event is organized by Gert Webelhuth, Jim Blevins, and Joyce McDonough and will be held in Frankfurt on June 20-21 in IG-Farben Haus, Eisenhower Room.
Continue reading Program of the Emmon Fest
Assif Am-David will present a talk on A semantic typology of definiteness markers next weekend at the 8th Days of Swiss Linguistics. This year’s conference title is Dynamics of Variation. The conference shall take place at the Zurich University, 19-21.6.2014.
Manfred Sailer’s abstract on Inverse Linking and Telescoping as Polyadic Quantification has been accepted for presentation at Sinn und Bedeutung 19, September 15-17, 2014, in Göttingen.
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.
Continue reading Symposium in Honor of Emmon Bach