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International Workshop "Prominent Inferences"

The International Workshop "Prominent Inferences" takes place online via Zoom, September 17-18 2020, in the framework of the series "Workshops on Referential Expressions in Discourse (RED)". It is organized by Jet Hoek (Radboud University) and Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne).

Prominence at the discourse level can be characterized as an organizational principle centered in discourse representation. Units of a same type are ranked in prominence hierarchy, which can change as the discourse unfolds. In this workshop, we focus on the relation between prominence and inferences. We investigate the prominence of inferences themselves, but also ask how inferences affect the prominence of other elements in the discourse, for example discourse referents.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers from different fields in linguistics: psycholinguistics, syntax and semantics, typology, and diachrony.


The workshop is organized by Jet Hoek (Radboud University) and Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne).

Invited Speakers

  • Mira Ariel, Tel Aviv University
  • Chiara Gianollo, Università di Bologna
  • Hans Kamp, Universität Stuttgart
  • Sofiana Lindemann, Universitatea Transilvania din Brașov
  • Caterina Mauri, Università di Bologna
  • Edgar Onea, Universität Graz
  • Torgrim Solstad, Universität Bielefeld
  • Alina Tigău, Universitatea din Bucureşti
  • Jorrig Vogels, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Participation and registration

To participate in the workshop, please register by emailing
You will receive the access data for the workshop after your registration.
The participation is free of charge.


Time Zone: CEST – Central European Summer Time

17.09.2020, Thursday  
9:00-9:30 Jet Hoek & Klaus von Heusinger: Welcome and Introduction
9:30-10:30 Mira Ariel - Exceptives and the prominence competition
15 min. break
10:45-11:45 Chiara Gianollo & Caterina Mauri - The ambiguity of Italian altro
90 min. break
13:15-14:15 Hans Kamp – Interpretation Strategies for definite descriptions; and what remains of the Referential-Attributive Distinction
14:15-15:15 Sofiana Lindemann & Klaus von Heusinger – Information structure and postnominals Demonstrative in Romanian
30 min. break
15:45-16:45 Jorrig Vogels - Effects of referent predictability on the choice of referring expression in Dutch
16:45-17:45 Jet Hoek: Syntactic coordination and the prominence of discourse referents
20:00 optional get-together online


18.09.2020, Friday                                             
9:00-10:00 Alina Tigău & Klaus von Heusinger –  Clitic Doubling, DOM and Discourse Prominence in Romanian
10:00-11:00 Torgrim Solstad - Implicit Causality and Explicit Consequentiality
30 min. break
11:30-12:30 Edgar Onea - A new perspective on the semantics of topics
12:30-13:00 Final discussion                                         

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Technical Support during the Workshop:

Juliane Holzheimer

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