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The starting point for the conference’s theme is the connection between the discourse structure and the use of referring expressions. It is well recognized in the literature that the discourse affects the interpretation of referring expressions and the space of anaphoric accessibility and that the use of referring expressions restricts the set of possible discourse interpretations. During the conference we will explore four related topics in order to a chieve a broad crosslinguistic understanding of reference in discourse in natural languages. 

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Thursday, January 14 

17:30-19:00 Jeanette Gundel: Reference and Accessibility from a Givenness Hierarchy Perspective
19:00- Lunch, location will be announced


Friday, January 15

09:00-09:15 Opening remarks
09:15-10:45 Tania Ionin: An experimental study on the scope of (un)modified indefinites
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Sofiana Chiriacescu & Klaus von Heusinger: Discourse accessibility and pe-marking in Romanian
12:45-13:45 Lunch
14:00-16:45 Trip
16:45-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:30 Ljudmila Geist: Bare Singular Indefinites in Argument Positions: The Case of Russian
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-20:30 Annika Deichsel: Demonstrative and Non-Demonstrative „dieser“ in German
20:30-21:00 Eva Böhmel: The complex determiner "der und der" in German


Saturday, January 16

9:00-9:45 Klaus von Heusinger: Discourse properties of specific indefinites
9:45-10:30 Paula Menendez-Benito: Modal Indefinites and Domain Constraints
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Jin Cui: Indefinites and specificity in Mandarin
11:30-12:00 Alexei Chibako: Indefinite Articles in the Modern Uzbek and their usage in specific contexts
11:00-12:30 Johny Varsami: Indefinite articles in Moroccan Arabic
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Elsi Kaiser: Investigating the consequences of focus on the production and comprehension of referring expressions
15:30-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:30 Cornelia Ebert & Christian Ebert & Stefan Hinterwimmer: The Interpretation of the German Specificity Markers Bestimmt and Gewiss
16:30-17:15 Geertje van Bergen
17:15-19:00 Discussion in smaller groups
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Party


Sunday, January 17

09:00-10:15 Elena Karagjosova: Discourse particles: Incremental specification in context
10:30-11:45 Edgar Onea: Specificational particles
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:30 Henk Zeevat: Producing and Interpreting Pronouns and Ellipsis
14:30-15:00 Closing remarks