From: Jan-Philipp Soehn <jp.soehnuni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Über Bärendienste und erstaunte Bauklötze -- Idiome ohne freie Lesart in der HPSG
Institution: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Program: Department of German Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006
Author: Jan-Philipp Soehn
Dissertation Title: Über Bärendienste und erstaunte Bauklötze -- Idiome ohne freie Lesart in der HPSG
Subject Language(s): German, Standard (deu)
In this thesis, I propose a syntactic description of verbal idiomatic
expressions, such as jemandem einen Bärendienst erweisen (to do a
disservice to so.), Bauklötze staunen (to be flabbergasted) or jemanden
übers Ohr hauen (to take so. for a ride).
Morphological, syntactic, semantic and cognitive characteristics of
idiomatic expressions are discussed, focusing on idioms without free
readings. The main thrust of the analysis is to sketch lexical entries for
decomposable and non-decomposable idioms.
The analysis is based empirically on a compilation of examples and
quotations taken from newspaper corpora. This compilation is available on
CD (together with the book), as well as online.
The architecture of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (Pollard and Sag
1994) is extended with a model-theoretic semantics (LRS, Richter and Sailer
2004) and a collocation module is introduced.
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