LINGUIST List 26.2396

Thu May 07 2015

Confs: History of Ling, Lang Acquisition, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling, Syntax/Belgium

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Date: 06-May-2015
From: Koen Roelandt <>
Subject: CGL 8: The Grammar of Idioms
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BCGL 8: The Grammar of Idioms
Short Title: BCGL 8

Date: 04-Jun-2015 - 05-Jun-2015
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact: Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

According to the Fregean principle of compositionality, the meaning of a complex expression is determined by the meanings of its parts and the rules used to combine them. This principle is flouted in the case of idioms (cf. Katz & Postal 1963; Fraser 1970; Katz 1973; Chomsky 1980; Machonis 1985; Schenk 1994; Grégoire 2009; among others). Every language contains idiomatic expressions which, by definition, denote a meaning that is not simply derivable from (the combination of) the meanings of the individual lexical items of that expression. A canonical example is kick the bucket, the meaning of which has nothing to do with either kicking or buckets; it simply means 'to die'. The existence of such expressions within natural language gives rise to many questions which have puzzled linguists for years, such as how these phrases are formed syntactically, whether they are restricted to certain structural domains, or how it is that we are able to deduce the idiomatic interpretation of such phrases despite there being no clues as to their meanings within any of the individual lexical items that comprise these expressions.

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and explore the phenomenon of idioms with the aim of gaining better theoretical and empirical insights into how such expressions are able to occur within natural language, and what sorts of rules of language they are governed by.

Invited Speakers:

- Christiane D. Fellbaum (Princeton)
- Louise McNally (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
- Manfred Sailer (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Invited Speaker: Manfred Sailer
Possessive (Non-)Alternations in Idioms

Julie Fadlon, Julia Horvath, Tal Siloni & Kenneth Wexler
The acquisition of idioms: stages and theoretical implications

Sara Beck & Andrea Weber
In the process of understanding: activation of literal and figurative meaning in idioms by native and nonnative listeners

Will Nediger
A nanosyntax analysis of idioms

Jeffrey Punske & Megan Stone
Inner aspect and the verbal typology of idioms

Carlo Cecchetto & Caterina Donati
Quattro passi in the NP structure

Invited speaker: Christiane D. Fellbaum
Is there a “grammar of idioms”?

Friday June 5, 2015

Invited speaker: Louise McNally
Idioms are not so compositionally special

Megan Stone
Systematic flexibility in verb-object idioms

Brent Woo
Breaking idioms with right node raising

Julia Horvath & Tal Siloni
Idioms: the type-sensitive storage model

Xavier Villalba & M. Teresa Espinal
Definite feminine clitics and telicity in idioms

Leah S. Bauke
Content matching in idioms and compounds: a comparative analysis

Artemis Alexiadou & Gianina Iordachioaia
Idiomaticity and compositionality in deverbal compounds

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