Collocations and idioms 2006:
linguistic, computational, and psycholinguistic perspectives


About the conference

The conference Collocations and idioms 2006: linguistic, computational, and psycholinguistic perspectives was hosted by the Wolfgang Paul-Preis Project at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Almost all information you will find on this page – including the conference programme is also given on a conference leaflet (PDF format).

Conference programme

Thursday, November 2 (NH Hotel, Leipziger Straße, Berlin-Mitte)

5:30–6:45 PM

6:45 PM

7:00–8:00 PM
Ivan Sag, Stanford University
Idioms and grammatical theory

8:00 PM
Buffet dinner (registered participants)

Friday, November 3 (Einstein Hall, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

9:00–10:00 AM
Rosamund Moon, Birmingham University
English fixed expressions and corpus evidence

10:00–10:30 AM
Ekatherini Stathi and Axel Herold, Wolfgang Paul Project, Berlin
Distance based idiom identification?

10:30–11:00 AM
Chinedu Uchechukwu, University of Bamberg
How does a language come to terms with the verb+NP/PP structure? The example of Igbo

11:00–11:20 AM
Coffee break

11:20–12:20 AM
Michael Stubbs, Unversity of Trier
Quantitative data on multi-word sequences in English

12:20–2:00 PM

2:00–3:00 PM
Eric Laporte, Marne-la-Vallee
Methodological provisions in the construction of idiom resources

3:00–3:30 PM
Alexander Geyken and Michael Brandt, Wolfgang Paul Project, Berlin
Some statistical variations of collocations in very large corpora: the case of support verbs

3:30–3:50 PM
Coffee break

3:50–4:50 PM
Uli Heid, Stuttgart University
German noun+verb-combinations: automatic extraction of syntagmatic properties from corpus text and attempts at a semi-automatic classification

4:50–5:20 PM
Angelika Storrer, University of Dortmund
Support verb constructions

5:20–5:40 PM
Coffee break

5:40–6:40 PM
Anna Korhonen, Cambridge University
Current trends and future challenges in computational linguistic research on multiword expressions

7:00–9:00 PM
Reception (at „Glaskasten“)

Saturday, November 4 (Einstein Hall, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)

9:00–9:15 AM
Steffen Mehlich, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Fostering Excellence in Research

9:15–10:15 AM
Diana McCarthy, University of Sussex
Automatic methods for detecting the compositionality of multiwords

10:15–10:45 AM
Anna Firenze and Elke Gehweiler, Wolfgang Paul Project, Berlin
A new path of semantic change in idioms

10:45–11:00 AM
Coffee break

11:00–12:00 AM
Stefan Evert, University of Osnabrück
Towards better association measures for collocation extraction

12:00–2:00 PM

2:00–3:00 PM
Alison Wray, Cardiff University
Formulaic Language: pushing the boundaries

3:00–3:30 PM
Undine Kramer and Renata Kwasniak, Wolfgang Paul Project, Berlin
Idioms with conversion and zeugma

3:30–3:50 PM
Coffee break

3:50–4:50 PM
Sam Glucksberg, Princeton University
Understanding metaphors: when comparison fails

4:50 PM
Closing and good-bye toast (sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation)



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