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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LangSci Series: Phraseology and Multiword Expressions

The open access publisher Language Science Press has just announced a new series, Phraseology and Multiword Expressions (PMWE). This series grew out of the activities of the COST Action Parseme, in which several members of our IEAS group have participated.

The series will publish monographs and edited volumes relating to  computational, formal, and/or grammar-theoretical approaches to all types of phraseological units/multiword expressions. 

If you have questions relating to this series, please contact Manfred or



Rizea, Iordachioăia & Richter on Romanian Negative Polarity Items

Monica-Mihaela Rizea, Gianina Iordachioăia & Frank Richter have cooperated on Romanian Negative Polarity items since Monica’s visit in Frankfurt in April 2016. As a result of this cooperation, they had joint posters at the Parseme meeting in Dubrovnik (September 2016) and the figurative language workshop in Tübingen (December 2016). They also had a joint paper presentation at the 12 International Conference “Linguistic Resources and Tools for Processing the Romanian Language”, Mălini, 27-29 October 2016. The proceedings of this conference are available online and contain their paper.

Monica presenting in Tübingen, December 2016. (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

One of the aims of this cooperation is an update of the Romanian part of the Collection of Distributionally Idiosyncratic Items (CoDII), which was initiated by Frank and Gianina and which is now being updated by Monica.


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Sailer talks on kinegrams

Castle Hohentübingen, December 2016 (Photo: M. Sailer, BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Manfred Sailer gave an invited talk at the workshop “Recent Trends in Figurative Language Research”, Tübingen, December 8&9. The workshop brought together researchers from theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology, first and second language acquisition research, medicine, and computational linguistics.

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Final Parseme Meeting, Dubrovnik

The final meeting of the research network PARSEME (“Parsing and Multiword Expressions”) took place September 26-27, 2016, in Dubrovnik (Croatia).

CAAS, Dubrovnik
CAAS, Dubrovnik. (Photo: Sailer, September 2016, BY-NC-ND 3.0 )

From the IEAS, Sascha Barmann and Manfred Sailer participated. Sascha presented a joint post with Doug Arnold (Essex) on “Idiom Licensing in Non-restrictive Relative Clauses“.  They show that Continue reading Final Parseme Meeting, Dubrovnik

Dianne Jonas in Iceland

Dianne Jonas is again heading north to Iceland, where she will be giving a talk on `The Morphosyntax of the verb tykja in Faroese – a Diachronic and Comparative Perspective’. Her presentation is part of a meeting organized by Háskóla Íslands og Fróðskaparseturs í
Færeyjum (University of Iceland and University of the Faroe Islands).