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.

TAU-GU Workshop on Relative Clauses

November 27th to 30th, the Research Group Relative Clauses hosted a workshop on relative clauses, sponsored by the Strategic Parnership Program (DAAD) and the Research Group 1783 (DFG). The aim of the workshop was to intensify the scientific cooperation between Tel Aviv University and  Goethe University Frankfurt.

There were three presentations from members of the IEAS linguistics section:

  • Sascha Bargmann (Frankfurt): About bear services and flabbergasted building blocks – Applying Soehn’s idiom theory to English data.
  • Gert Webelhuth (Frankfurt), Sascha Bargmann (Frankfurt) & Christopher Götze (Göttingen): Idioms as evidence for the proper analysis of relative clauses.
  • Christopher Götze (Göttingen): On Jacobson’s and Barker’s analysis of binding-theoretic reconstruction effects.


Comments on Pronouns

The Pronouns@Tübingen 2 workshop in Tübingen from November 7th through November 9th provides a venue for discussion on ongoing research on pronouns in general and, in particular, on pronouns in embedded contexts. Frank Richter contributed a commentary on Sarah Zobel’s talk in the special session On the non-uniformity of pronouns.

Second European Workshop on HPSG

The Second European Workshop on HPSG (EW-HPSG) will take place in Paris, November 17 & 18.

Information on the workshop and the program are available on the workshop website.

There will be three presentations by members of the IEAS:

  • Assif Am-David & Manfred Sailer: An LRS encoding of a semantic typology of definiteness
  • Frank Richter: Polyadic “same” and “different”
  • Manfred Sailer: Inverse linking as complex quantifier formation

New Page on the Blog

We are delighted to announce the addition of a dedicated Oberseminar page to our website: You might already have spotted the new menu item Oberseminar WiSe 2014/15 in the header area of this blog. The new page will keep you updated on the topics of our weekly Oberseminar on Monday, 16:15–17:45, in IG 3.201.

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