LINGUIST List 27.1029

Mon Feb 29 2016

Calls: Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 27-Feb-2016
From: Chiara Gianollo <>
Subject: The Grammar of Reference: Functions, Variation, and Change
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Full Title: The Grammar of Reference: Functions, Variation, and Change
Short Title: RED 2016

Date: 13-May-2016 - 14-May-2016
Location: Cologne, Germany
Contact Person: Chiara Gianollo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2016

Meeting Description:

The International Workshop 'The grammar of reference: functions, variation, and change' will take place at the University of Cologne (Germany), 13-14 May, as the 2016 edition of the series 'Workshops on Referential Expressions in Discourse (RED)'. It is organized by Chiara Gianollo, Klaus von Heusinger (Universität zu Köln), and Maria Napoli (Università del Piemonte Orientale 'Amedeo Avogadro', Vercelli).

The aim of the workshop is to innovatively contribute to our understanding of the grammar of reference, by pursuing a multidimensional study of strategies by which speakers introduce and manage referents in context, encoding properties such as identifiability (familiarity, uniqueness), information status with respect to speaker, hearer and discourse, saliency in previous and forthcoming discourse. Particular emphasis will be given to the role played by variation in the use of referential expressions. We would also like to address the evolution of referential systems in time, and the formal modeling thereof.

With our call for papers we aim to bring together theoretical and historical linguists interested in the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of reference from a synchronic as well as a diachronic perspective.

Invited Speakers:

Artemis Alexiadou (Berlin, Germany)
Manuel Leonetti (Alcalá, Spain)
Edgar Onea (Göttingen, Germany)
Svetlana Petrova (Wuppertal, Germany)
Mario Squartini (Torino, Italy)

Scientific Committee:

Artemis Alexiadou (Berlin, Germany)
Stefan Hinterwimmer (Köln, Germany)
Manuel Leonetti (Alcalá, Spain)
Edgar Onea (Göttingen, Germany)
Svetlana Petrova (Wuppertal, Germany)
Miriam Ravetto (Vercelli, Italy)
Petra Schumacher (Köln, Germany)
Mario Squartini (Torino, Italy)
Roberto Zamparelli (Trento, Italy)


Chiara Gianollo (Köln, Germany), Klaus von Heusinger (Köln, Germany), Maria Napoli (Vercelli, Italy)

Call for Papers:

We welcome contributions addressing topics related to one or more of the following questions:

- What are the synchronic constraints on possible systems of form-meaning mapping, i.e. on variation in function, in the realm of referential expressions, as evidenced by typological and theoretical research?
- How do system-internal dynamics (competition, blocking) work, from a synchronic and from a diachronic perspective?
- How do referential and non-referential nominal expressions evolve in time? To what extent are the changes to which they are subject caused, respectively, by meaning-related and by morpho-syntactic factors?
- What are the contextual parameters triggering or preventing certain interpretations, and what is their role in diachronic reanalysis?

Submission Guidelines:

We are pleased to invite submission of abstracts for 30-minute presentations (20 + 10 for discussion). Abstracts must be in English, 2 pages in a font size no less than 12pt including examples and references. Abstracts should be anonymous, since double-blind review will be adopted: contact details (Authors' name and affiliation) and the title of the presentation should be included in the accompanying email.

Please send your abstract (PDF format) to

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March, 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 April, 2016
Workshop: 13-14 May, 2016

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