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C04: Conceptual shifts: their role in historical semantics



Talks & Posters


Funding period: 01.07.2011 – 30.06.2015

French words from linguistics and physics are classified according to types of lexical development. The semantic development of each word is then decomposed into phases of change and the separate meanings are modeled with the help of frames so that regularities of conceptual shifts can be identified and inventoried. Those words which stem from sensory-motor verbs will we grouped according to types of movements in search of recurrent development patterns from concrete and to abstract meanings. A set of German non-lexicalized ung-nominalizations will be established and tested for non-action readings in a meaning change simulation.

Head of the project

Hans Geisler
Institut für Romanistik
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 81-129 84
Email: geisler@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de


Anselm Terhalle
Phone: +49 211 81-125 56
Email: terhalle@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de

Susanna Melkonian
Phone: +49 211 81-129 78
Email: smelkonian@phil.uni-duesseldorf.de


Altshuler, Daniel, and Susanna Melkonian. In defense of the reference time. Semantics‐Syntax Interface, 1(2):133–149.

Klepp A, Weissler H, Niccolai V, Terhalle A, Geisler H, Schnitzler A, Biermann-Ruben K (accepted for 2014): Neuromagnetic hand and foot motor sources recruited during action verb processing. In Brain and Language.

List J-M, Schulzek D, Terhalle A (forthcoming): Traces of Embodiment in Chinese Character Formation – A Frame Approach to the Interaction of Writing, Speaking, and Meaning. In Proceedings of the Conference on Sensory-motor Concepts in Language and Cognition.

Schulzek D, Terhalle A (submitted): The Notion of Metonymy and its Development in Linguistic Thought.


Geisler H, List J-M (2013): Do Languages Grow on Trees? The Tree Metaphor in the History of Linguistics. In Fangerau H, Geisler H, Halling T, Martin W (eds.): Classification and Evolution in Biology, Linguistics and the History of Science. Stuttgart: Steiner, pp. 111–124.

List J-M, Terhalle A, Urban M (2013): Using network approaches to enhance the analysis of cross-linguistic polysemies. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS 2013) – Short Papers (pp. 347–353).


Kimm N, Schulzek D, Terhalle A (2012): Consequences of Bi-Directionality for Semantic Change and Compounding. In Polyakov V, Solovyev V (eds.): Cognitive Modeling in Linguistics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 23-44.


Geisler H (2011): Wie sinnlich sind grammatische Kategorien? In Mayerthaler E (ed.): Was grammatische Kategorien miteinander machen. Form und Funktion in romanischen Sprachen von Morphosyntax bis Pragmatik. Tübingen: Narr, pp. 116-128.

Susanna Melkonian & Daniel Altshuler. Taxis, contingency and imperfectivity. Talk to be presented at the international linguistic conference Linguistic Heritage and Development of Yu. S. Maslov’s Ideas, Saint Petersburg State University, 20.11.2014.

Susanna Melkonian. Sensory-motor result representations of (French) artefact terms. Talk given at the conference Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition and Science, CTF’ 14, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, 27.08.2014.

Susanna Melkonian. The Evolution of Productive Action Concepts. Talk given at 15th Szklarska Poreba Workshop on Aspect and Meaning in the Brain, near Szklarska Poreba, (Poland) 23.02.2014.

Susanna Melkonian. Are Cultural Concepts shaped by the Making of Objects? A Philosophical Hypothesis based on Linguistic Evidence. Talk given at 1st UCL Graduate Conference in Linguistics, University College London, 07.11.2013.

Susanna Melkonian. Gaining Concepts by Productive Action? Poster presented at the conference Investigating Semantics. Empirical and Philosophical Approaches, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. 11.10.2013. [poster/PDF]

25.-26.06.2015 Workshop “Emotion Concepts in Use” (together with B02)
25.-27.08.2014 Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition, and Science (CTF’14, all projects)
22.-24.08.2012 Concept Types and Frames in Language, Cognition, and Science (CTF’12, all projects)