Zepter, Bündgens-Kosten & Sailer on Conlangs at the DGfS Lehrerinformationstag

Some conlang books (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

One day before the start of the annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS),  the society’s Lehramtsinitiative organized its  traditional information day for teachers. This year’s topic was Welche Grammatik braucht die Schule? (What kind of grammar is needed for school?). The event included a 2-hour working group on conlanging under the title Kreative Grammatikreflexion: Sprachen erfinden im Grammatikunterricht. This working group was organized by Alexandra Zepter (Cologne), Judith Bündgens-Kosten (Frankfurt) and Manfred Sailer (Frankfurt).

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Jonas on the morphosyntax of the verb “think” from a comparative and diachronic perspective

During her visit to Australia, Dianne Jonas is giving two presentations on  her recent work on the diachronic change of the argument pattern of the verb think in a number of Germanic languages. On February 27, she gave a talk at the unversity of Melbourne on “Thinking comparatively and diachronically. A case study on the verb think“.  March 6, she will give a talk on “Morphosyntactic change – a case study of the verb think” at Monash university (Clayton campus).

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Sailer on “Doing the Devil”

Manfred Sailer’s paper on Doing the devil. Deriving the PPI-hood of a negation-expressing multi-dimensional idiom has  appeared in the recent number of Linguistics. The paper is an elaboration of a presentation at the workshop on Positive Polarity Items organized by Mingya Liu and Gianina Iordăchioaia at DGfS 2015 and has now been integrated into a special issue on Positive Polarity Items, edited by Mingya and Gianina. Continue reading Sailer on “Doing the Devil”

English Linguistics in the study program Empirische Sprachwissenschaft

Since the winter term 2017/18, the linguistics section of IEAS contributes the area of specialization “Englische Sprachwissenschaft/English Linguistics” to the BA program “Empirische Sprachwissenschaft”. English Linguistics can only be chosen as a minor specialization (Nebenfach).

We are looking forward to welcoming the students in this new specialization. They will do a total of 54 to 60 credits in our group, joining their fellow students from other study programs, such as Lehramt Englisch, BA English Studies, and MA Linguistics. Continue reading English Linguistics in the study program Empirische Sprachwissenschaft

Poster at “Sinn und Bedeutung”, Berlin/Potsdam, 7.-10.9.2017

Over the last year, the projects NRR (Non-restrictive Relative Clauses) and CON (Constraint-based Analysis of relative clauses) worked together on non-restrictive relative clauses with split antecedents. The results of this cooperation were presented as a poster at this year’s Sinn und Bedeutung, Berlin/Potsdam, 7.-10.9.2017. The poster was presented by Claudia Poschmann and Continue reading Poster at “Sinn und Bedeutung”, Berlin/Potsdam, 7.-10.9.2017

Gerald Penn Visits IEAS

Gerald Penn from the University of Toronto is staying at IEAS for three weeks to work with Gert Webelhuth, Manfred Sailer, Niko Schenk, and Frank Richter on several extensions of the TRALE grammar implementation system.

TRALE is at the heart of various long-term projects we are pursuing at the linguistics department. Most visibly, it provides the underlying software platform for the online grammars which Gert Webelhuth uses throughout his syntax courses. In order to make the graphical user interface of the online grammars in those classes more intuitive, Continue reading Gerald Penn Visits IEAS

Daxenberger speaks on Neural Text Classification

July 3, Johannes Daxenberger (Darmstadt) gave a talk in Frankfurt on “Neural Text Classification and its Applications for Metaphor Identification and Argumention Mining“.

J. Daxenberger in Frankfurt, July 2017 (Photo: M. Sailer)
J. Daxenberger in Frankfurt a.M., July 2017 (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

In the introductory  part of his talk, he presented the overall structure of CeDiFor, a BMBF-funded research center of Digital Humanities in the Rhein-Main area. 

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