7 - 9 March 2018, Workshop "Specificity, definiteness & article systems across languages", Stuttgart, Germany
One of the main questions that inspires this workshop is how languages with and without an article system go about referent coding and helping the hearer to recognize whether a given NP should be interpreted as definite, specific or non-specific. Other questions concern the grammatical consequences of having or lacking an article system, and the specific semantic-pragmatic parameters along which article systems may vary. The workshop will be held at the 40th Annual Meeting of the DGfS.
The workshop will bring together researchers from theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, typology, semantics and pragmatics, and seeks to stimulate an interdisciplinary discussion. We invite submissions in the topics including (but not limited to): (1) grammatical implications of having an article system vs. not having any articles at all; (2) the (dis-)similarity with respect to reference coding in languages with and without article systems; (3) the contextual restrictions on the omission of articles in languages with an article system; (4) the psycholinguistic implications of the different ways of coding definiteness and specificity across languages.