concept and Conference Program

The conference will continue an almost 20 years old tradition of Europhras conferences. As in the past, the subject of the conference has been formulated broadly in order to reflect the wide range of phraseological and paroemiological topics and approaches around the world. This conference will also be a central event for both well-known and young academics who, in the broadest sense of the word, work on the peculiarities of word combinations as a fundamental constituent of verbal and non-verbal human communication and the representation of knowledge. The topic of the conference will focus on a few hardly or rarely discussed issues aiming to serve as a discussion platform for the following desiderated aspects:

1. Theoretical concepts

It has been pointed out multiple times in scholarly research that the established terms phraseology, phraseme, proverb, saying, collocation, construction, etc. are not (always) sufficient for a description of what actually takes place in language. A series of more or less related concepts has developed. However, the discussion in most cases either has not included reference to 'older' and 'more recent' positions or produced only minor theoretical results. In linguistics it remains an open question as to what place the word combination perspective should play, e.g., in the grammatical description of the linguistic system, discourse, the language change or the history of language. Outside of linguistics the question arises as to whether and how the understanding of word combinations in other fields (such as art history, law, literature, sociology, political science, ethnology, psychology) and the quite pronounced interest in this subject there should be considered and integrated into the 'classical' research on phraseology and paroemiology. What can/should linguistically-oriented research in phraseology do for these fields? Representatives of various philologies and other not (primarily) linguistic fields are therefore welcome to participate in the conference.

2. Methodological approaches

Theoretical innovations take shape in part thanks to the use of corpus-linguistic methods, findings in the field of Digital Humanities and the usage of new data (e.g., spoken language, data from language history, less standardised languages and dialects). Despite clear progress and a hardly manageable amount of scholarly literature there are still numerous challenges to overcome. They begin with questions concerning the architecture of corpora (particularly for spoken and diachronic data) and include annotation, retrieval, evaluation and visualisation problems as well as the questions of sustainable data management. Representatives of one particular discipline often simply do not overcome the borders of their own field and lack in information about existing software and technology. For their part, the software and technology are also not always developed in close cooperation with the text and visual sciences, and prove to be hard to use. The conference views itself as a platform for dialogue between the fields of cultural and humanities sciences and information technology. Contributions from the area of the Digital Humanities, corpus and computer linguistics are therefore very welcome!

3. Word combinations from a linguistic and integrated perspective

The conference will also consider word combinations in an interdisciplinary way; that is, it will combine its theoretical investigations with practical or applied knowledge on word combinations. The conference builds upon the proven high degree of relevance of word combinations in the acquisition and teaching of language as well as in the conscious and unconscious reflection on language. As a result, word combinations are not discussed as objects that solely arise in internal scientific discourses, but as indispensable and often constitutive elements of diverse situations of communication. Semantic, pragmatic, morphosyntactic, culture-specific and culture-based peculiarities in the use of word combinations in such situations in various modern and historical languages, dialects, vernacular, the specifics of their manifestations and dynamics in various kinds of texts and discourses, the effects on practices of dictionary writing, the processes of standardisation and the creation of grammars as well as the development of teaching materials are the focus of the contributions in the third group.

The proposed groups of questions should be understood as suggestions. However, the submitted abstracts will be evaluated with regard to how well they match the suggested topics.

Languages of the conference are German, English, French and Spanish.

All accepted papers will be published in an edited peer reviewed volume in electronic format. A selection of papers will be published in a printed book form.

Conference program: overview

Conference program: full version (with paper titles)