Talk by Markus Bader, Yvonne Portele, and Alice Schäfer, Tuesday 29th, 2-4 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the Recent Trends in Linguistic Research Colloquium, which will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2 – 4 pm in IG 0.251. Markus Bader, Yvonne Portele and Alice Schäfer will present "From word order to interpretation -- effects of referential form on language production and comprehension". Abstract: Our talk gives an overview of our recent research concerning the production and interpretation of different referential expressions. The main focus lies on the distinction between personal pronouns on the one hand and demonstrative and d-pronouns (dieser/der) on the other hand. With regard to sentence production, we show that the likelihood and acceptability of sentences with non-canonical word order does depend not only on the discourse status of the various referents (e.g., given versus new) but also on the referential form that is used to refer to them. In particular, under identical discourse conditions, objects are more easily preposed when they are realized as d-pronouns. With regard...
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Talk by Horst Lohnstein on January 24th, 4-6 pm

Horst Lohnstein will give a talk in the Semantics Colloqium on January 24th, 4-6 pm in IG 4.301. You are cordially invited! Title: (In-)Finitheit und die Konsequenzen Abstract: Finitheit ist eine grammatische Kategorie, die sich durch die Subkategorien Tempus, Modus und Agr konstituiert. Infinitheit weist diese Subkategorien nicht auf. Entsprechend werden infinite bzw. semi-finite (Imperative) Konstruktionen anders interpretiert als finite. In dem Vortrag geht es um die Charakterisierung selbstständiger Satztypen auf syntaktischer und semantischer Ebene und die entsprechenden flexionsmorphologischen Markierungen. Das Zusammenspiel der verschiedenen Komponenten führt zu einer Theorie der Verbzweit-Stellung und der linken Satzperipherie. Unter evolutionärer Perspektive deuten sich verschiedene Konsequenzen für die Entwicklung der Menschheit an....
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Two talks: Cecilia Poletto and Volker Struckmeier on January 22nd, 2-4 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talks in the Recent Trends in Linguistic Research Colloquium, which will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2-4 pm in IG 0.251. Cecilia Poletto (Frankfurt) will present "Are Italian left focalization AND cleft sentences monoclausal structures? A syntax-prosody interface approach". Volker Struckmeier (Köln) will present "Discourse functions and PF factors control ellipsis formation".  ...
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