In many languages, demonstrative expressions such as German
der, dieser, jener and English this and that have –
in addition to their familiar deictic uses – anaphoric uses, on which they refer to
objects introduced not in the utterance situation, but rather in the preceding discourse.
In recent years increasing attention has been paid to these “anaphoric demonstratives” by formal, functional, computational and corpus linguistic researchers.
In this workshop we propose to investigate the properties of anaphoric demonstratives in a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary setting, comparing them with other more prototypically anaphoric expressions, such as pronouns, reflexives, definite noun phrases and logophoric expressions and cataloguing their unique properties. We expect that a focussed study of anaphoric demonstratives will shed significant light on general processes of anaphoric reference, anaphora resolution, and the cross-linguistic variation in these processes.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Syntactic properties of anaphoric demonstratives
Relations of anaphoric demonstratives to deictic demonstratives
Studies of patterns of use of anaphoric demonstratives
Contrasts with pronominal expressions
Psycholinguistic studies of anaphoric demonstratives
Cross-linguistic investigation of anaphoric demonstratives
Note that in addition to traditional syntactic and semantic investigation we welcome studies of usage and of processing.
Carla Umbach, Peter Bosch (University of Osnabrück, Institute of Cognitive Science)
Graham Katz (Stanford University)
Konrad Ehlich (Institut für Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Transnationale Germanistik, Universität München)
Elsi Kaiser (Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California)
Massimo Poesio (University of Essex, University of Trento)
Abstracts are invited for 30 min slots (at most 2 pages including figures, tables and references, using a 12 pt font). Please send your submission electronically (pdf, ps, rtf) to
Deadline: 8 September 2006
The workshop is part of the “29. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft”,
28 February – 2 March 2007 in Siegen