LINGUIST List 23.2604

Tue Jun 05 2012

Calls: Semantics, Pragmatics, Psycholing, Lang Acq, Historical Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 05-Jun-2012
From: Miriam Ellert <>
Subject: DGfS Workshop: Information Structural Evidence in the Race for Salience
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Full Title: DGfS Workshop: Information Structural Evidence in the Race for Salience
Date: 13-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013 Location: Potsdam, Germany Contact Person: Anke Holler, Miriam Ellert
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2012

Meeting Description:

Information Structural Evidence in the Race for SalienceWorkshop Section at the 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS)March 13-15, 2013, Potsdam, GermanyAnke Holler & Miriam Ellert, Universität Göttingen, {aholler,mellert}

Several linguistic devices may signal differences in the information structure: intonation, word order, particles, and anaphoric expressions. Interestingly, studies on pronoun resolution have so far in general understood these devices as resolution cues, i.e. subject antecendents being preferred over object antecedents (grammatical role) or first-mentioned antecedents being preferred over second-mentioned antecedents (position) with the possible explanation that they elevate the degree of salience of the antecedent. Information structure was understood as one cue among this set (topic vs. non-topic). However, understanding grammatical role, position and anaphoric expressions all as linguistic devices marking information structure calls for the need to take a different perspective in future studies and to discuss possible methods to experimentally address these issues. Moreover, since resolution studies usually manipulated antecedent-anaphor relationships on the two-sentence level, it may be asked how information structural effects come into play in a discourse richer context.

Invited Speakers:

Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Call for Papers:

The aim of this working section is to bring together researchers from the two fields of research and to discuss the link of information structure and anaphora resolution. We particularly welcome contributions (in English or German) from researchers who theoretically focus on anaphora resolution incorporating effects of information structure, or from experimentalists who are interested in the interplay of linguistic devices encoding information structure, and anaphora resolution. We are also interested in contributions which understand anaphora resolution in a discourse richer context, or which approach the topic cross-linguistically, historically or from an acquisitional perspective, or which have used different empirical methods to access these issues.

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstracts should be up to one page long (using 2.5cm margins on each side, 12pt font size and 1.5 line spacing). The head of the abstract should include the following information: author's name(s), affiliation, email address, and title of abstract. All abstracts should be submitted in English or German only. (Please use the language you intend to give your talk in.)

Presentations should last 20 minutes (+ 10 minutes for questions and discussion). Depending on the number and quality of abstracts we receive, there may be room for a few longer presentations (45 minutes + 15 minutes question/discussion). Make sure to indicate in your message whether you would be interested in extending your presentation.

Your submission should be sent electronically in Word (RTF) and PDF format to both organizers: {aholler, mellert}

Important Dates:

15 July 2012: Deadline of abstract submission15 August 2012: Notification of acceptance15 December 2012: Provisional program13-15 March 2013: 35th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS) in Potsdam

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