LINGUIST List 24.1087

Mon Mar 04 2013

Confs: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Ling, Typology/Germany

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Date: 04-Mar-2013
From: Annika Hübl <>
Subject: DGfS Workshop: Linguistic Foundations of Narration in Spoken and Sign Languages
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DGfS Workshop: Linguistic Foundations of Narration in Spoken and Sign Languages

Date: 13-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013 Location: Potsdam, Germany Contact: Annika Hübl, Markus Steinbach Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

For a considerable time, linguists have not only investigated sentences as largest relevant unit of language, but have begun to analyze the structure of whole texts. Recently, these efforts have produced powerful frameworks, such as (S)DRT, Centering Theory, Accessibility Theory and studies concerning the QUD/Quaestio to name but a few. Nevertheless, there is still a lack of studies that apply these frameworks to fictional narrative texts. Even so, there are a number of elaborated studies within theoretical linguistics that deal with typical narrative phenomena (see, for instance, the discussion on free indirect discourse in the works of Schlenker 2004, Eckardt 2011, and Maier 2012 among others). Moreover, there are more and more experimental studies investigating text phenomena in general and literary texts in particular (see e.g. Bortolussi/Dixon 2003, Burkhardt 2006). Another important aspect in this field is the fact that narrative structures in sign languages are increasingly investigated on a formally high level; e.g. work on role shift and constructed action - which are the strategies of presenting somebody's speech, thought and action in sign languages - has yielded interesting parallels with free indirect discourse and mixed quotation in spoken languages (see Quer 2005, 2011 and Herrmann/Steinbach 2012 among others). Hence, linguistics can contribute to the study of narratives in at least four ways:

- In drawing on well-elaborated formal frameworks to analyze literary texts and determine partly vague intuitions about narratological concepts
- In applying empirical and experimental methods to narratives in order to establish a valid empirical basis that can be used to verify or falsify theoretical assumptions
- In investigating narratives from a typological broader perspective including strategies and structures used in different (non-western) languages
- In analyzing texts from a cross-modal perspective and relating sign language data to theoretical and empirical findings in spoken languages

Workshop Organizers:

Annika Hübl & Markus Steinbach (University of Göttingen)

Invited Speakers:

Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris/New York University)
Christiane von Stutterheim (University of Heidelberg)

Mittwoch/Wednesday 13.03.2013

14:00 - 14:30
Annika Hübl & Markus Steinbach: Narration across modalities

14:30 - 15:00
Sonja Zeman: What’s a ‘narration’? A linguistic perspective on a basic narratological concept

15:00 - 15:30
Anita Fetzer: Narration in (spoken) political discourse

15:30 - 16:00
Svetlana Petrova: Prospectivity in discourse

16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 17:00
Emar Maier: Fictional discourse representation

17:00 - 17:30
Regine Eckardt: As time goes by - temporal links between free indirect speech and narrative frame

17:30 - 18:30
Philippe Schlenker: Role shift, context shift and formal iconicity

Donnerstag/Thursday 14.03.2013

09:00 - 10:00
Christiane v. Stutterheim: Grammatical foundations of narrative structures - a cross-linguistic study

10:00 - 10:30
Monique Lambert: Role of subordination in the information structure of a narrative: comparison between French and English

10:30 - 11:00
Naoko Tomita: Language-specificity in the logic of coherence and language structure

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:00
Thomas Weskott & Susanna Salem: Effects of free indirect discourse on language comprehension

12:00 - 12:30
Franziska Köder: The relation between reported speech, pretense and metarepresentation: a developmental perspective

12:30 - 13:00
Choonkyu Lee: Story time, salience, and situation model

Freitag/Friday 15.03.2013

11:30 - 12:00
Nina-Kristin Pendzich & Annika Herrmann: Between narrator and protagonist in fables of German Sign Language (DGS)

12:00 - 12:30
Gemma Barberà & Josep Quer: Contrastive topics and role shift in Catalan Sign Language (LSC) narratives

12:30 - 13:00
Silva H. Ladewig, Jana Bressem & Cornelia Müller: Ways of constructing action in multimodal communication

13:00 - 13:30
Vadim Kimmelman & Anna Sáfár: Manual holds: an analysis of two sign languages and two genres

13:30 - 14:00
Ronnie Wilbur & Evie Malaia: A new technique for assessing narrative prosodic effects in sign languages

14:00 - 14:30
Christian Rathmann: Perspective shift, discourse modes and temporal interpretation in sign languages

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