PHRASALEX II  – Phraseological Approaches to Learner’s Lexicography

The PHRASALEX II Workshop on Phraseological Approaches to Learner’s Lexicography will take place online on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 July 2021 and is hosted by the Institute for Information Science and Natural Language Processing at Hildesheim University.

Topics of interest:

  • the interdependence of lexis and grammar,
  • the phraseological nature of language,
  • and the implications of these perspectives for the design of (learner’s) dictionaries.

The workshop is embedded in an ongoing multilingual research project in Learner’s Lexicography and is intended as a platform for disseminating project results, for enhancing discussion on lexicographic theory and practice, and for promoting networking and knowledge sharing among participants.

The workshop programme and full description are now available at

PHRASALEX II is organised in four sessions and brings together international experts in the fields of lexicography, lexicology, cognitive linguistics, lexicogrammar, corpus linguistics, and NLP.

Session I: Introducton to the project

The first session of the workshop is dedicated to project-related contents, including a description of theoretical backgrounds, multilingual data analysis, applications and challenges (L. Giacomini / P. Di Muccio-Failla), observations on the importance of suitable cotext length for the detection of aspectual features of verbs (S. Piepkorn) as well as new experiments with sentence embeddings in the analysis of argument structure (F. Kliche & L. Giacomini).

Session II: Corpus Analysis & Polysemy

Session II offers special insights into the analysis of corpora, concentrating in particular on the advantages of Corpus Pattern Analysis from a language learning perspective (S. Moze) and on corpus-related issues in research on verb valency, e.g. the status of different argument types and polysemy (M. Fasciolo). Polysemy is the main topic of two further talks, which deal with the analysis of verbal polysemy through pattern-based resources (E. Jezek & C. Marini) and with regular polysemy and disambiguation of meaning in corpora (I. Renau).

Session III: Lexicography

The third session opens with a look at issues concerning (learner’s) dictionaries, namely computer-mediated communication (A. Abel) and language awareness in dictionary use (M. Nied Curcio). Further two talks are dedicated to the features and lexicographic representation of partially filled constructions (V. Piunno) and to the role of discourse-oriented corpus studies in lexicography (C. Gabrielatos).

Session IV: Argument structures

The last session is fully dedicated to theoretical and practical aspects of research on argument structures. Starting from distributional semantics and Machine-Learning-based approaches, namely the application of transformers and distributional models to the analysis of argument structures (E. Chersoni), Session IV moves on to the modelling of constructions in a constructicon (T. Herbst & P. Uhrig). The third talk discusses semi-automated procedures for valency generation, analysis and lexicographic implementation (M. J. Domínguez Vázquez), and is followed by a study on argument structures in the syntax-lexicon continuum (L. Mereu & V. Piunno).

Registration is free but mandatory. Please send us the filled registration form by Monday 19 July 2021:

Participants who have registered will receive all details to connect to the Zoom videoconference.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Giacomini (laura.giacomini(at)