[Corpora-List] New book: The role of constituents in multiword expressions: An interdisciplinary, cross-lingual perspective

Agata Savary agata.savary at univ-tours.fr
Tue Mar 31 16:22:54 CEST 2020


The role of constituents in multiword expressions: An interdisciplinary, cross-lingual perspective

Sabine Schulte im Walde and Eva Smolka (eds.) (editors)

Volume 4 of Phraseology and Multiword Expressions(PMWE), a book series at Language Science Press (LSP)

Book URL:http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/239

Electronic ISBN: 978-3-96110-184-9

Pages: 209

Price: Europe EURO 0

Comment: Open Access


Multiword expressions (MWEs), including noun compounds (such as nicknamein English and Ohrwurmin German), complex verbs (such as give upin English and aufgebenin German) and idioms (such as break the icein English and das Eis brechenin German), may be interpreted literally but often undergo meaning shifts with respect to their constituents. Theoretical, psycholinguistic as well as computational linguistic research remain puzzled by when and how MWEs receive literal vs. meaning-shifted interpretations, what the contributions of the MWE constituents are to the degree of semantic transparency (i.e., meaning compositionality) of the MWE, and how literal vs. meaning-shifted MWEs are processed and computed.

This edited volume presents an interdisciplinary selection of seven papers on recent findings across linguistic, psycholinguistic, corpus-based and computational research fields and perspectives, discussing the interaction of constituent properties and MWE meanings, and how the constituents contribute to the processing and representation of MWEs. The collection is based on a workshop at the 2017 annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) that took place at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Available material

Language Science Press, as a fully Open Access publisher, provides the following on-line material with the volume:


pdf files of each chapter and of the whole




Latex source codes

<https://github.com/langsci/239>of the whole

volume (on GitHub)


The bibliography


the whole volume in .bib format

All this comes to the readers for free!



Constituents in multiword expressions: What is

their role, and why do we care?


Sabine Schulte im Walde & Eva Smolka


Aiming with → arrows ← at particles: Towards a

conceptual analysis of directional meaning

components in German particle verbs


Sylvia Springorum & Sabine Schulte im Walde


Do semantic features capture a syntactic

classification of compounds? Insights from

compositional distributional semantics


Sandro Pezzelle & Marco Marelli


Compositionality in English deverbal

compounds: The role of the head


Gianina Iordăchioaia, Lonneke van der Plas & Glorianna Jagfeld


What can we learn from novel compounds?


Gary Libben


Internal constituent variability and semantic

transparency in N Prep N constructions in

Romance languages


Inga Hennecke


Production of multiword referential phrases:

Inclusion of over-specifying information and a

preference for modifier-noun phrases


Christina L. Gagné, Thomas L. Spalding, J. Claire Burry & Jessica Tellis Adams


Can you reach for the planets or grasp at the

stars? – Modified noun, verb, or preposition

constituents in idiom processing


Eva Smolka & Carsten Eulitz

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