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Referential expressions like definite and indefinite noun phrases, demonstratives, indexicals and proper names exhibit varying degree of context dependence in the computation of their semantic import to the truth conditions of the utterances they occur in. At the same time, their interpretation not only depends on the linguistic and extra-linguistic context, but they also impact the representation of context. Indefinites, for instance, have been analyzed as introducing new discourse referents, whereas definites quite often have an anaphoric interpretation picking up discourse referents introduced by indefinites. At the same time, indefinites can also have discourse linked readings, and they can impose further constraints on the prospective development of the upcoming discourse. Likewise, definites can also be used to introduce discourse new entities either by virtue of uniqueness or presupposition accommodation. Recent research has made more and more clear that there are complex and not yet fully understood phenomena involved in the interpretation of referential expressions in general. The Workshops on Referential Expressions in Discourse (RED) are exploring the different semantic and pragmatic effects of referential expressions, models of discourse structure and different methods to address these questions.


Workshops on Referential Expressions in Discourse

RED-2020: Prominent Inferences

RED-2019: Pronouns and discourse prominence

RED-2018: Datives in Discourse

RED-2017: The grammar of reference and quantification: functions, variation, and change

RED-2016: The grammar of reference: functions, variation, and change

RED-2015: Partitivität in Turksprachen und anderen altaischen Sprachen

RED-2014: Indefinites in Discourse Structure

RED-2013 Indefinites in Discourse

RED-2011: Indefinites and Beyond

RED-2010: Reference and Discourse Structure



Chiara Gianollo

Università di Bologna
Dipartimento di Filologia Classica e Italianistica
Via Zamboni 32
40126 Bologna


Klaus von Heusinger

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur I 
Universität zu Köln
50923 Köln
Klaus. ​vonHeu­sin­ger[at]uni-koeln.​de

Sofiana Lindemann

Facultatea de Litere
Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov
B-dul Eroilor nr. 25
500030 Braşov

Edgar Onea Gáspár

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Institut für Germanistik
Heinrich Casper Gasse 5a
8010 Graz