LINGUIST List 32.723

Fri Feb 26 2021

Summer Schools: Anaphora and Presuppositions / Germany

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 23-Feb-2021
From: Clemens Mayr <>
Subject: Anaphora and Presuppositions / Germany
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Host Institution: University of Göttingen, Germany

Dates: 30-Aug-2021 - 04-Sep-2021
Location: Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Focus: Four renowned researchers from outside Göttingen each teach one four-day-long course (Monday to Thursday) on anaphora and presuppositions with local faculty providing comments and input for discussion. The language of instruction is English. There are both theoretical and experimental courses covering the topic from cross-linguistic and cross-modular perspectives. On Friday and Saturday an international workshop on the topic will take place. For this workshop an open call will be issued. The students accepted to the fall school are encouraged to submit abstracts for the workshop. They are guaranteed a poster presentation as a minimum. Moreover, the fall school will feature a social and cultural program. The faculty for the fall school includes: Cornelia Ebert (University of Frankfurt) Gurmeet Kaur (University of Göttingen) Clemens Mayr (University of Göttingen) Hazel Pearson (Queen Mary) Jacopo Romoli (Ulster University) Markus Steinbach (University of Göttingen) Yasutada Sudo (University College London) Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen)
Minimum Education Level: BA
Special Qualifications: Students with at least a BA in linguistics or a closely related field can apply; background in formal semantics/pragmatics is an asset.

The fall school brings together research on two broad empirical phenomena: anaphora and presuppositions. At one point, these phenomena were seen to be subject to similar constraints and therefore necessitate parallel accounts, in particular in the literature on DRT/dynamic semantics. This view has lost some of its appeal over the years due to the observation that certain fundamental assumptions found in the literature are not fully explanatory. Because of these diverging paths in accounting for the properties of the two kinds of phenomena, the mentioned parallelisms between them have not been satisfyingly treated. Recently, the debate how closely anaphora and presuppositions are related has therefore resurfaced.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Tuition Explanation: There are no participation fees for this fall school.

Financial Aid: Applications accepted until 21-Mar-2021
International students will be accommodated in single rooms at Leine-Hotel close to the town center. Their accommodation costs are fully covered. Moreover, there is the possibility for (partial) reimbursement of travel costs for international students.

Financial Aid Instructions:
Each international applicant will be considered for financial aid.

Registration: Open until 21-Mar-2021
Contact Person: Jessica Fenske-Schöbitz

Apply by Email:

Registration Instructions:
Send a short, at most one-page CV and a half page describing why you would like to be part of this fall school (preferably in one document) by March 21, 2021 to the email address provided. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in the first half of April 2021.

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