The Language, Logic and Cognition Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is happy to announce the Minerva Foundation School "Non-Compositionality and Figurative Speech: Collocations, Idioms, Metaphors, Proverbs" in the summer of 2013.

The school will be held at LLCC, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 23-28, June 2013.

This interdisciplinary school will host a group of international scholars of semantics, cognition, philosophy, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, and other branches of linguistics. The school will consist of a range of mini-courses and lectures which will provide a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary viewpoint on the subject of non-compositionality in language.

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Students working in the domain are welcome to participate in the event and present their work. Please read the CFP for details.

This website is being constantly updated and we shall keep adding additional info during the coming months.

There are no tuition fees for the school. To register or get any clarifications please contact us by by e-mail.

Description of the Summer School

Within the discipline of Linguistics, the core principle of modern semantic theory has been Frege’s principle of compositionality: the meaning of an expression is determined by the meanings of its constituents and the rules used to combine them. This principle has to a large extent constrained the phenomena studied in formal semantics. Phenomena whose import appears to violate the principle of compositionality have been considered to fall outside the domain of formal semantics, and have so far been studied by philosophers, literary scholars, cognitive linguists, and lexicographers. The outcome is that under the label of non-compositional meaning we find a variety of language phenomena, which are far from forming a homogenous class. Language philosophers often divide language into literal vs. figurative speech, the latter containing different types of tropes: metaphors, metonymies, hyperboles, irony, similes, sarcasm and others. Of those, metaphors get most attention for a reason, not obviously formulated in comparative terms. Syntacticians and semanticists more readily adopt the dimension of classification into idioms vs. compositional expressions. Corpus linguists prefer to speak about collocations, which are highly conventionalized frozen expressions. To complicate the picture further, there are additional genres which usually serve phraseologists and folklorists: allusions, sayings, proverbs, clichés, analogies, zeugmas. The bottom line is that despite being widely acknowledged to be pervasive in natural language, non-compositional speech and meaning remain largely under-studied in comparison to their compositional counterparts.

The Minerva School will bring together prominent scholars representing several subdisciplines of linguistics: formal semantics, lexical semantics, syntax, psycholinguistics, and corpus linguistics, in order to create a joint multidisciplinary outlook on the complex domain of non-compositional language. The schedule will consist of a number of intensive mini-courses targeted at students of masters level and higher, and will provide the attendants with the state-of-the-art approaches and tools that will allow them to form their own unique critical viewpoint necessary for further research. The core schedule will be enriched by invited lectures that will complete the picture with perspectives from adjacent disciplines as well, such as folklore and cognitive science.