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Full Title: EUROPHRAS 2014

Location: Sorbonne, France
Start Date: 10-Sep-2014 - 12-Sep-2014
Contact: Olivier Soutet Salah Mejri
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Meeting Description: Phraseology: Resources, Descriptive Studies and Computational Processing

Across linguistic theories, there is now a growing body of evidence for the pivotal role of phraseology in the functioning of languages. This is suggested by the following three observations:

- The universality of the phenomenon that every natural language may express its dynamic character by having recourse to recurrent phraseological patterns
- The quantitative data, showing that the number of multiword expressions far outreaches that of single words in the lexicon
- The interplay between all linguistic dimensions in the study of set phrases (morphology, syntax, semantics, prosody, pragmatics)

These points also raise a number of questions: are fixedness and compound words the result of morphological principles at the same level as other word formation processes? What is then the true nature of multiword expressions? Should they be called words, idioms, semantic compounds, fixed expressions, set phrases? This very diverse terminology shows how difficult it is for language sciences to describe such a complex phenomenon.

As fixedness represents, together with grammaticalization, one of the main techniques for creating grammatical tools (compound prepositions or conjunctions, complex determiners, various connectives), it would be legitimate to investigate the role of fixedness in the functioning of languages and in their evolution: could we see fixedness as the counterpart of the combinatory freedom of lexical units at sentence level or above? Has this combinatory freedom not been the main focus of attention in previous linguistic studies? Would it not be more appropriate to define combinatory freedom by taking into account the selection restrictions imposed by fixedness?

All these questions have led researchers to reconsider descriptive studies that were previously carried out within theoretical frameworks and across the different domains of language sciences, and to integrate the key findings from phraseology.

The conference languages are English, French, German and Spanish.
Linguistic Subfield: Lexicography; Morphology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.4187

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