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. 

In the main part, he reported Continue reading Daxenberger speaks on Neural Text Classification

Flach visits Frankfurt

June 26 & 27, Susanne Flach (Neuchâtel) visited our research group. She gave a talk on “We must be born with it … maybe … are we?” A case study in morphological constraint acquisition in the Oberseminar meeting June 26. She discussed data on the go-V constrution as in Go get the nurse!. This construction has puzzled researchers because it cannot occur with verb forms distinct from the base form, i.e. we do not have *He goes gets/get the newspaper, *She went see/saw the doctor.

Susanne Flach visiting Frankfurt a.M., June 2017 (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)






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Hoffmann on Football Chants

Thomas Hoffmann (Eichstätt-Ingolstadt) visited Frankfurt on June 12 to give a talk on Football Chants as Multimodal Constructions.

Th. Hoffmann in front of the Adorno memorial, June 2017 (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0))

Thomas motivated the concept of multimodal constructions, which leads to a considerable extension of what should be described within a linguistic theory. Thomas has just come back from the International Conference on Multimodal Communication in Osnabrück, so we were priviledged to learn about current developments in this domain.

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Walker’s dissertation!

Heike Walker’s dissertation on “The syntax and semantics of relative clause attachment” is available online through the university library!
Heike’s dissertation not only gives a great overview over the existing literature and approaches on relative clause extraposition, it also contains a concise introduction into HPSG and Lexical Resource Semantics and provides a new analysis of challenging data.

The dissertation abstract as it appears on the UB page: Continue reading Walker’s dissertation!