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Thu Jul 01 2010

Calls: Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics/Germany

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        1.    Milena Kuehnast, Discourse-Coherence Mechanisms and Pronominal Anaphora

Message 1: Discourse-Coherence Mechanisms and Pronominal Anaphora
Date: 29-Jun-2010
From: Milena Kuehnast <kuehnastzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Discourse-Coherence Mechanisms and Pronominal Anaphora
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Full Title: Discourse-Coherence Mechanisms and Pronominal Anaphora

Date: 23-Feb-2011 - 25-Feb-2011
Location: Göttingen, Germany
Contact Person: Milena Kuehnast
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 23-Aug-2010

Meeting Description:

Many of the preferences and heuristics that guide the use of pronominal expressions have been based on the linguistic properties of antecedents such as grammatical and thematic roles they fill in the sentence. Alternatively, pronominal forms and the strategies for their interpretation as discourse anaphora may be explained as contingent on the general coherence strategy of a discourse segment.

In other words, the mental model of the situation and the morpho-syntactic means for its establishment influence the anaphora resolution preferences. A situation description involving a telic predicate biases the general discourse expectation towards the goal/result of the action and promotes co-reference establishment to non-subject referents. Parallelism between depicted event structures endorses as a general coherence mechanism an analogous co-reference establishment strategy - pronominal forms are resolved to antecedents occupying the same grammatical roles.The acquisition of anaphora resolution strategies requires that children consider various properties of discourse structure and major mechanisms of coherence establishment such as resemblance, contiguity in time and space and causality.

In this workshop we want to explore questions concerning the influence of the situation model in terms of temporal and causal characteristics of the depicted events on the use of pronominal anaphora. Questions to be addressed in the workshop include:

1. Do children consider the structure and the temporal specifications of
depicted events as cues for anaphora resolution in the same way as adult native
speakers (transitivity, aspectual and temporal markers of verbal predicates)?
2. Do children exploit the parallelism of linguistic structures for reference
assignment between anaphora and antecedents occupying parallel grammatical and
thematic roles?
3. In which respects are the effects of the coherence establishing mechanism
similar or different in the production and comprehension of pronominal anaphora?

Call for Papers

The workshop is part of the Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sprachwissenschaft (German Linguistic Society, DGfS) in Göttingen from
February 23-25, 2011.

Organizers:

Natalia Gagarina, Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin
Milena Kuehnast, Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin


Submission of abstracts:
Anonymous abstracts no longer than 300 words should be sent to Milena Kuehnast
and Natalia Gagarina with the mail subject 'DGfS 2011 Abstract'

Emails: kuehnast zas.gwz-berlin.de ; gagarina zas.gwz-berlin.de.

The abstract should be in plain text or in PDF format, and it should be in
English only. Please include the following information in the body of the
email: author's name(s), affiliation, email address, title of the abstract.
The normal time alotted for presentation is 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for
discussion.

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: 23 August 2010
Notification of acceptance: 13 September 2010
Provisional program: 15 December 2010
DGfS Conference: 23-25 February 2011. Göttingen, Germany



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