Call for Participation: Towards a multilingual constructicon: issues, approaches, perspectives

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Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Germany
Subject Fields: 
Linguistics

 

Date: December 4-6, 2019

Location: Duesseldorf, Haus der Universitaet (http://www.hdu.hhu.de/)
Please note that the HdU is located in the city and not on the university campus!

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Alexander Ziem, Dr. des. Sascha Michel, Ann-Katrin Noehren, M.Ed., Alexander Willich, M.A.

Registration: Interested linguists are cordially invited to participate in the conference. Please get registered through the registration form. The participation fee is 30 Euro, including snacks during breaks, and has to be paid on site.

 

The conference offers a forum in which internationally leading linguists in the field of construction grammar / language technology come together in order to break new ground in creating a digital language resource in the form of a FrameNet and Constructicon, both on a monolingual and a multilingual basis. Empirically, the overall aim is to systematically capture both grammar and lexicon on a par as rich resources of meaningful concepts (“frames”, “constructions”) and to document and compare them across languages. With a special focus on multilingual issues, the conference brings together researchers who are currently involved in developing repositories of grammatical constructions and frames in order to explore and refine the design of a multilingual resource in methodological, application-related and computational terms. It is hosted by the German FrameNet & Constructicon project (www.german-constructicon.de), located at the University of Duesseldorf.

By focusing on identifying, analyzing and representing grammatical constructions in monolingual and multilingual constructica, the conference specifically addresses the following issues, among others.

  • How is it possible to identify and uniformly describe constructions in such a way that they can be aligned and interconnected across languages?
  • How comprehensive and detailed should (semantic) annotations of constructions be?
  • To what extent can frame semantic data be used for the semantic description of constructions? Is FrameNet generally suitable as a resource for identifying constructions?
  • To what extent should differences (regarding, for instance, constraints and productivity) between constructions in different languages be taken into account?
  • How is it possible to link constructica as closely as possible with existing resources (DWDS, Pattern Bank, EVALBU etc.)? What is the benefit of such interconnections?
  • To what extent may constructica help to improve foreign language teaching and learning?
  • Can existing resources (especially annotated data) be used to develop or improve semantic parsers?
  • Where are the limits of a constructicographic approach to grammatical constructions?

A detailed announcement and the full conference program are also available on the conference website http://german-constructicon.de/multiccon.