Additional Colloquium, Tuesday 2-4

This term, Petra Schulz and Manfred Sailer are offering a colloquium “Recent trends in linguistic research” during which colleagues will present current work.

The colloquium takes place: Tuesday 14.15-15.45 in IG 0.251

The program of the colloquium is still not entirely fixed, but an up-to-date version will always be given on the colloquium page.

Next tuesday, April 25, there will be a talk by Céline Pozniak (Paris) on the processing of relative clauses.

Paris in March – Short report

From March 23 to March 29, members of the Frankfurt HPSG community traveled to Paris as part of a co-operation with colleagues from the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle – see the previous post in this blog.

Invader at Paris Diderot (Photo: M. Sailer, March 2017, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

March 24 and 25, the 4th European Workshop on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (EW-HPSG) took place. It featured 15 talks, including topics on morphology, syntax, and semantics. The workshop included the following presentations from the Frankfurt group: Continue reading Paris in March – Short report

Linguistic calendar

Today is International Mother Language Day!
A great opportunity to celebrate linguistic diversity, to support projects to explore and protect endangered languages, to find out about language minorities and linguistic diversity in your own country!

Here is a list of holidays and special dates with relation to language and linguistics. This list will hopefully expand in the near future and we will add more information to the indicated events. Continue reading Linguistic calendar

Paris in March

Many members of the English linguistics team of the IEAS will participate in two events in Paris at the end of March which will be integrated in a meeting of the network on “One-to-many Correspondences”:

  1. The 4th European Workshop on HPSG, Paris, 24-25 March 2017 
  2. Constraint-based Syntax and Semantics in honnor of Danièle Godard, Paris, 27 March 2017.

The workshop on the first two day includes presentations by various Frankfurt participants in the “One-to-many” network:

  • Andy Lücking (computer science) Can co-verbal gestures tell us something about grammar? Some Examples
  • Philippa Cook (IEAS): Presentational there-insertion in English
  • Manfred Sailer (IEAS): The multi-dimensional semantics of kinegrams
  • Frank Richter & David Lahm (IEAS): Every linguist proposed a different account

The European Worshop on HPSG has been an (almost) annual event, alternating between Frankfurt/Main (2012 & 2015) and Paris (2014).

Paris-Frankfurt Cooperation on “One-to-Many Correspondences”

During 2017 and 2018, there will be a series of mutual visits between our department and the Laborartoire de linguistics formelle in Paris. The overreaching topic of this co-operation is “One-to-many correspondences in morphology, syntax and semantics”.

The Frankfurt part of the  co-operation is supported by the DAAD program Programme des projektbezogenen Personenaustauschs. The co-operation builds on research contacts that have been developing over the last few years, which have let, for example, to establishing the European Workshops on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar.

We will inform on the progress of this co-operation on this blog. Here is a summary of the main ideas of the project.

Summary of the project

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Language musea

Recently, the plans for a Museum of Linguistics have been widely spread through the (social) media. In winter 2019, Planet World has been announced to open as the first interactive museum on language in the USA.

There are already a number of similar musea, maybe you will have the opportunity to visit one of them in the near future. Please drop a comment, if you know of other such places or if you would like to report on your visit in one of them!

Semantic Fiction

The murder of Richard Montague, disruptive innovator in the thriving field of formal semantics (as he might be called by advertising companies today), is an unsolved police case. His theories of natural language, and their many successors, are of course still taught today, as any student in our semantics courses can tell you. For taking some time off from the intellectual effort that it takes to come to grips with logical languages, without leaving the topic altogether, there is an exciting option: A few years ago, Aifric Campbell published a murder mystery, The Semantics of Murder, which is constructed around the real-world events surrounding the life of Richard Montague. Here’s your exceptional chance to enjoy a structural analysis of a higher-order quantificational formula in a relaxing environment – as a student of semantics you might want to check out page 58 of the 2008 softcover edition right away!


Sailer talks at “The Syntax of Idioms”, Utrecht, 20.1.2017

Manfred Sailer gave a talk at the one-day workshop on “The Syntax of Idioms”, organized by the Leuven & Utrecht project of the same name.  In the morning, project members presented their results and the database of idioms in Dutch dialects. In the afternoon, there were invited talks by Julia Horváth (Tel Aviv) on “Idioms and ‘Constructions’: Implications for the architecture of grammar”, Martin Everaert (Utrecht) on “Idioms: what you see is what you get?”, and Manfred on “The meaning of `meaningless’ idiom parts”.

Utrecht, January 2017. (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Manfred’s talk was based on joint work with Sascha Bargman on how to model the syntactic flexibility of non-decomposable idioms such as kick the bucket `die´.

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