The role of constituents in multiword expressions: An interdisciplinary, cross-lingual perspective
Multiword expressions (MWEs), such as noun compounds (e.g. nickname in English, and Ohrwurm in German), complex verbs (e.g. give up in English, and aufgeben in German) and idioms (e.g. break the ice in English, and das Eis brechen in 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 MWE 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
Constituents in multiword expressionsWhat is their role, and why do we care?
Aiming with → arrows ← at particlesTowards a conceptual analysis of directional meaning components in German particle verbs
Do semantic features capture a syntactic classification of compounds?Insights from compositional distributional semantics
Compositionality in English deverbal compoundsThe role of the head
What can we learn from novel compounds?
Internal constituent variability and semantic transparency in N Prep N constructions in Romance languages
Production of multiword referential phrasesInclusion of over-specifying information and a preference for modifier-noun phrases
Can you reach for the planets or grasp at the stars?Modified noun, verb, or preposition constituents in idiom processing
Review on LinguistList
by Doug Merchant
published August 26, 2020
... This volume is interdisciplinary by design, and so cannot be cohesive in a strong sense. However, the articles included all address theoretical questions with some sort of empirical study, whether corpus-based, experimental, or computational, and thus together give a good sense of the range of approaches researchers are bringing to bear on understanding multiword expressions. More importantly, however, is the cohesion in subject matter, and that is the chief contribution of this volume as a whole. Rarely are particle verbs and phrasal idioms brought under the same roof, despite having some important properties in common, and anyone who reads this book from cover to cover will doubtlessly come away with some important insights. ...