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LINGUIST List 22.2402

Thu Jun 09 2011

Calls: Syntax, Historical Linguistics, Pragmatics/Germany

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        1.     Marco Coniglio , Historical Perspectives on Anaphora Resolution

Message 1: Historical Perspectives on Anaphora Resolution
Date: 08-Jun-2011
From: Marco Coniglio <coniglmahu-berlin.de>
Subject: Historical Perspectives on Anaphora Resolution
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Full Title: Historical Perspectives on Anaphora Resolution

Date: 07-Mar-2012 - 09-Mar-2012
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Contact Person: Marco Coniglio
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2011

Meeting Description:

Project B4 of the Collaborative Research Centre on Information Structure at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is organizing a workshop on Referential Choice and Anaphora Resolution in historical data. The workshop is part of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS).

Principles governing the choice and the resolution of anaphors in discourse have received considerable attention in different fields of current linguistic theory. There is overall consensus on the issue that the choice of one class of expressions out of a set of representatives with different degrees of lexical explicitness (zero elements - different types of pronouns - full DPs) is subject to a complex of factors reflecting the properties of the antecedent and the principles of discourse organization. What remains controversial is the nature and the interaction of these factors, among all grammatical function, definiteness, animacy, and different dimensions of information structure (givenness, topicality, focus).

Investigations into the role of anaphors in discourse mainly consider data from modern languages but are particularly rare in historical linguistics. However, it is well-known that the earlier stages of some languages display a rich inventory of expressions used to refer to a particular entity in the previous discourse, thus providing a good testing ground for the hypotheses put forward in the theoretical research. As there has been growing interest in information structure and discourse organization in diachronic linguistics, the workshop wants to focus on the relevance of anaphors as a mechanism of achieving coherence in discourse.

Organizers: Karin Donhauser (HU Berlin), Svetlana Petrova (HU Berlin), Marco Coniglio (HU Berlin / SFB 632), Eva Schlachter (HU Berlin / SFB 632).

Call for Papers:

We welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers in English or German (plus 10 minutes for discussion), which address one or more of the following issues:

- What are the discourse properties of different types of anaphors that are attested in earlier periods of a language?
- What are the changes in the system of anaphoric expressions as well as in the use of a certain class of anaphors over time?
- What is the syntactic and phonological behavior of pronouns in the scope of focus sensitive operators like English also, only or even?
- How does the form of anaphors interact with the anticipated development in the following context (forward-looking function of anaphors)?

The abstracts (1 page, Times New Roman 12 dpi, plus 1 page for tables, figures and references, pdf- or doc-format) should be sent to coniglmahu-berlin.de

Deadline: August 15, 2011.
Notification of acceptance/rejection: September 7, 2011

A possible publication of the papers will be discussed during the workshop.




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