News and Events

    • The 22nd International Lexical Functional Grammar Conference , 25-27 July 2017, welcomes work within the formal architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar as well as typological, formal, and computational work within the 'spirit of LFG' as a lexicalist approach to  language employing a parallel, constraint-based framework. The conference aims to promote interaction and collaboration among researchers interested in non-derivational approaches to grammar, where grammar is seen as the interaction of (perhaps violable) constraints from multiple levels of structuring, including those of syntactic categories, grammatical relations, semantics and discourse. Deadline for call for papers  is 15 February 2017, 23:59 GMT.
    • From 26 to 28 July, the Linguistics Department will host What is a Verb?, the latest conference in the CoGS series (International Conferences on the Cross-linguistic Comparison of Indo-Germanic and Semitic Languages). Organized by Dr. Eva Smolka and Prof. Dr. Dorit Ravid, this conference explores whether and how the meaning of (complex) verbs is processed and represented in lexical memory, and how this may differ across languages. In contrast to previous cross-linguistic comparisons, we are interested in contrasting languages like German, Dutch, and English on the one hand and Hebrew and Arabic on the other hand, belonging to two completely different language families – Germanic and Semitic, respectively. We ask how the different typological features of these languages affect the processing of verbs – in healthy adults, in children who are in the process of learning the language, and in patients who have experienced language loss.
    • The Research Unit Questions at the Interfaces (QI) is dedicated to investigating question formation, with a particular emphasis on non-canonical questions (e.g., rhetorical, echo, self-addressed, suggestive). This Research Unit (RU) combines expertise from theoretical, computational and experimental linguistics as well as visual analytics to study how different components of grammar (morphology, syntax, phonology) interface with one another to signal a particular meaning.

    • The course catalogue for the linguistics department can be found by searching at the LSF website.