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International Workshop "Pronouns and discourse prominence"

The International Workshop ‘Pronouns and discourse prominence’ takes place at the GRIMMWELT Kassel (Germany), October 01-03 2019, in the framework of the series ‘Workshops on Referential Expressions in Discourse (RED)’. It is organized by Klaus von Heusinger (Universität zu Köln) and Sofiana Lindemann ((née Chiriacescu) Universitatea Transilvania din Brașov). 

Pronouns are of particular interest for linguistic analyses since, on the one hand, their lexical reduction and their specific grammatical features differentiate them from other word classes cross-linguistically. On the other hand, the wide range of possible pronominal functions establishes a number of pronominal subclasses. The workshop investigates the relation between pronouns and discourse prominence, assuming that the resolution of pronouns to a unique referent relies on the prominence ranking of individuals in the discourse. 

The workshop wants to bring together different lines of research from psycholinguistics, formal syntax and semantics, typology, and diachrony.

The objective of the workshop is to integrate these different lines of research in order (i) to obtain a more comprehensive picture of pronominal elements from the point of view of different approaches, and (ii) to discuss the relationship of different grammatical aspects of lexical elements and their representation.

Organisation

The workshop is organized by Klaus von Heusinger (Universität zu Köln) and Sofiana Lindemann ((née Chiriacescu) Universitatea Transilvania din Brașov).

Support for this workshop comes from SFB 1252 Prominence in Language.

Invited Speakers

  • Chiara Gianollo, Università di Bologna/ Italien
  • Edgar Onea, Universität Graz
  • Jet Hoek, Universität zu Köln
  • Elsi Kaiser, University of Southern California/ USA
  • Anke Holler, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Markus Bader, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Lukasz Jedrzejowski, Universität zu Köln
  • Manuel Leonetti Universidad de Alcalá Madrid/ Spanien

Program

02.10.2019, Wednesday  

9:15

Sofiana Lindemann & Klaus von Heusinger: Introduction

9:30-10:30

Jet Hoek: Prominence while you wait? Expecting referents in a discourse

 

break

11:00-12:00

Markus Bader: The influence of implicit causality/ implicit consequentiality on the production and interpretation of pronouns

12:00-13:00

Lindemann & von Heusinger: Discourse function of weak and strong demonstratives in Romanian

 

Lunch

13:45-15:00

guide tour through GrimmWelt

15:00-16:30

Pronoun Puzzle I

Lukasz Jedrzejowski: Postnominal demonstratives in older German and beyond

Manuel Leonetti: How are pronouns without explicit discourse antecedent being licensed?

Klaus von Heusinger: descriptive vs referential pronouns

 

break

17:00-18:00

Pronoun Puzzle II

Chiara Gianollo: Form of referential chains

Sofiana Lindemann: Pronouns in Romanian

19:00

Dinner

03.10.2019, Thursday  

9:30-10:30

Anke Holler: Anaphoric islands revisited

 

break

11:00-12:00

Edgar Onea: Complement anaphora and the processing of quantifiers

12:00-13:00

Elsi Kaiser: Subjective adjectives and predicates of personal taste

 

Lunch

15:00

Excursion

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