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Full Title: DGfS 2015 - Workshop: Perspective-taking

Short Title: DGfS-PT
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Start Date: 04-Mar-2015 - 06-Mar-2015
Contact: Hanna Weiland
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Meeting Description: Perspective-Taking

Workshop organized as part of the Annual Conference of the German
Linguistic Society (DGfS) to be held in Leipzig, Germany, March 4-6, 2015


Stefan Hinterwimmer, Petra B. Schumacher & Hanna Weiland; University of
Cologne; {shinterw; petra.schumacher; hanna.weiland}

Invited Speakers:

Barbara Dancygier, University of British Columbia
Dale Barr, University of Glasgow

Pragmatic theories assign an important role to speakers and their
intentions and beliefs. The perspective conveyed by a particular utterance
impacts the interpretation of speaker meaning and it may even change the
truth-values of an utterance (cf. e.g., Travis 1997). Theory of mind, which
accounts for the ability to attribute mental states to oneself or others,
and the notion of common ground think of perspective in a less restricted
way. In language processing, the ability of shared mental states has been
investigated with adults, children and in language disorders like Asperger
Syndrome. These studies provide a first indication of the impact of
perspective. Additionally, there are subtle variations in perspective in
different pronominal forms. In this regard, typological research reveals
intriguing effects of perspective.

The workshop will focus on the phenomenon of perspective-taking both from a
processing and a theoretical view and address the following questions:

- Which aspects of perspective-taking are important for the interlocutors
to succeed in daily communication?
- Which linguistic or general cognitive abilities are required to compute
perspectival aspects during language processing?
-Are there default strategies that are adopted during processing (cf. e.g.,
Keysar et al. 2000 on the priority of egocentric perspective under certain
- Is perspective-taking a marginal pragmatic phenomenon or a key aspect of
human communication?
How is perspective expressed linguistically (e.g., demonstratives or
logophors may convey specific perspective cues)?
- Which distinctions are available (e.g., self-/hearer-/other-directed
speech; self/source/pivot; speaker/location/thing as perspectival anchor)?
- How should perspective be represented (i.e. as unarticulated constituents
of the sentence or as common ground)?


Keysar, B., Barr, D. J., Balin, J. A., & Brauner, J. S. 2000. Psychological
Science, 11(1), 32-38.
Travis, C. 1997. Pragmatics. In B. Hale & C. Wright (Eds.), A Companion to
the Philosophy of Language (pp. 87 - 106). Oxford: Blackwell.
Linguistic Subfield: Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Science
LL Issue: 25.2735

This is a session of the following meeting:
Annual Meeting 2015 of DGfS (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft)

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