LINGUIST List 32.527

Thu Feb 11 2021

Confs: General Linguistics/Online

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Date: 11-Feb-2021
From: Laurence VINCENT-DURROUX <>
Subject: Reference : (co-)construction and use
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Reference : (co-)construction and use
Short Title: LED 2021

Date: 25-Mar-2021 - 26-Mar-2021
Location: Grenoble (Université Grenoble Alpes), France
Contact: Laurence VINCENT-DURROUX
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Reference is considered here in the nominal domain – pronouns included – and is understood as the designation of the mental representation of an entity, regardless of whether the latter exists in the extralinguistic world.

A great amount of research on reference has been devoted to the constraints on the interpretation of referential expressions in anaphoric contexts (e.g. Government and Binding Theory for the syntactic constraints on sentence-internal anaphora; issues of referential opacity for coreferential NPs in subject and object positions; or discourse anaphora); later on, more general studies on reference have considered pragmatics (e.g. Grice’s Maxims in Gundel et al. 1993) and the influence of the cognitive status of the referent (e.g. Accessibility theory, Ariel 1990; Givenness Hierarchy, Gundel et al. 1993; Centering frameworks, Grosz et al. 1995, Walker et al. 1998, Strube & Hahn 1999). But these studies, as well as more recent research (e.g. Abbott 2010, Gundel & Abbott 2019), have also brought to light the limitations of such theoretical models. They are important in that they establish definite trends, but all they can make out are trends, as the referent’s cognitive status obviously interacts with other factors – besides, many of these studies are based on constructed examples.

It is this complexity that the present conference will seek to explore, by bringing together specialists of various fields and languages. It will place the speaker/user at the core of the referential process: as stressed by Strawson (1950) among others, it is not a definite description that refers by itself, but a speaker who uses a definite description to refer to something in a given speech situation.

Keynote speakers:
- Catherine Emmott (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom): “Antecedentless plural pronouns: use and interpretation”
- Lutz Gunkel (Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany): “Indefinite Reference: Problems and Prospects”
- Manfred Krifka (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany): “Anaphoric reference to incorporated objects and weak definites: Does it exist? How does it work?”

Program Information:

le colloque international LED 2021 La référence : (co-)construction et exploitation, se déroulera à distance les 25 et 26 mars 2021.

Vous trouverez le programme sur le site :

Il n'y a pas de frais mais pour suivre tout ou partie du colloque, l'inscription est obligatoire.

L'inscription doit être faite sur le site du colloque, rubrique ''Inscriptions'', avant le 22 mars au soir, de façon à vous permettre de recevoir les liens Zoom avant le colloque.

Toutes les informations nécessaires sont sur le site. Le livret des résumés pourra notamment y être consulté.

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