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).
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”
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.