1. International conference on "Demonstratives in discourse" 

Organised at the University of Cologne, Germany

Date: 07-09.05. 2020 May  postponed due to COVID-19

Invited Speakers: 

  • Chiara Gianollo, Università di Bologna / Italien
  • Edgar Onea, Universität Graz
  • Mira Ariel, University of Tel Aviv


2. International conference on "Pronouns and discourse prominence"

Organised by Sofiana I. Lindemann (Universitatea Transilvania din Brasov, Romania) and Klaus von Heusinger (Köln, Germany)

October 02-03.2019, Kassel, Germany


The international conference takes place at the GRIMMWELT Kassel (Germany), October 02-03 2019, in the framework of the series ‘Workshops on Referential Expressions in Discourse (RED)’.

Pronouns are of particular interest for linguistic analyses since, on the one hand, their lexical reduction and their specific grammatical features differentiate them from other word classes cross-linguistically. On the other hand, the wide range of possible pronominal functions establishes a number of pronominal subclasses. The workshop investigates the relation between pronouns and discourse prominence, assuming that the resolution of pronouns to a unique referent relies on the prominence ranking of individuals in the discourse. The workshop wants to bring together different lines of research from psycholinguistics, formal syntax and semantics, typology, and diachrony. The objective of the workshop is to integrate these different lines of research in order (i) to obtain a more comprehensive picture of pronominal elements from the point of view of different approaches, and (ii) to discuss the relationship of different grammatical aspects of lexical elements and their representation.

Invited Speakers: 

  • Chiara Gianollo, Università di Bologna / Italien
  • Edgar Onea, Universität Graz
  • Jet Hoek, Universität zu Köln
  • Elsi Kaiser, University of Southern California/ USA
  • Anke Holler, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Markus Bader, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Lukasz Jedrzejowski, Universität zu Köln
  • Manuel Leonetti, Universidad de Alcalá Madrid/ Spanien 


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