Conference: Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives (DETEC 2019)

Organisator(en) Benz, Anton & Torgrim Solstad
Veranstaltungsbeginn 27.09.2019, 09.00 Uhr
Veranstaltungsende 28.09.2019, 18.00 Uhr
Ort ZAS, 3rd floor, room 308

General information

Programm Committee

Accepted Papers

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The conference series "Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives" (DETEC) provides a forum for the presentation of talks and posters in the area of discourse expectations, how they may arise, how they can be quantified, and how they may be modelled. Following the success of the previous three installments of DETEC, the Leibniz Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) is pleased to invite abstracts for submission to "Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives (DETEC 2019)" to be held in Berlin, Germany, on September 27-28, 2019.



  • Elsi Kaiser (Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles)
  • Alex Lascarides (School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh)
  • Mante Nieuwland (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)+



Studies on discourse processing indicate that natural language interpretation is expectation-driven. Even though it is uncontroversial that both linguistic (e.g. lexical items, morpho-syntactic constructions, prosody) and extralinguistic factors (e.g. world knowledge) are used to anticipate how discourse is likely to continue, the nature of their interplay is a topic of ongoing research. The DETEC conference provides a forum for the presentation of research in the area of discourse expectations, how they may arise, how they can be quantified, and how they may be modelled. DETEC approaches this topic in an interdisciplinary fashion by comparing theoretical, experimental, and computational perspectives. Researchers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds are, therefore, welcome to present. This includes research on cognitive, semantic, probabilistic, and algorithmic modelling, as well as empirical studies applying experimental and corpus linguistic methods.

  • Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks and posters. Topics may be related (but not limited) to:
  • What is the nature of expectations in discourse?
  • How do discourse expectations emerge and how specific are they?
  • What is the relation between top-down triggers for expectations and bottom-up predictees?
  • How do (online) processing profiles within different experimental paradigms relate to particular expectations?
  • How can discourse expectations be (computationally) modelled within and across linguistic and extra-linguistic domains?
  • How can theoretical linguistics contribute to models of and experimental research on predictive processing?
  • To what extent can properties of predictive processing inform linguistic theories?


Abstracts must be anonymous, and should be limited to a maximum of two pages of text, including tables, figures, and references. Pages should be US Letter or A4, with one inch margins, and a minimum font size of 11pt (Times New Roman). Abstracts can be submitted via EasyChair at


Abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance: Early July, 2019

Pre-Conference Warm-up and Registration Evening: September 26, 2019

Conference date: September 27-28, 2019


Anton Benz (benz(at)

Torgrim Solstad (solstad(at)





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→ Where to find accomodations and restaurants



We would like to call your attention to a related workshop on September 26, 2019, directly preceding the DETEC conference, also to be held at ZAS (Berlin):

 "Contrasting Underspecification and Overspecification of Discourse relations" with Hannah Rohde (confirmed) and others as invited speakers.

For further information, visit:



  • Anja Arnhold
  • Petra Augurzky
  • Ana Besserman
  • Sara Bögels
  • Oliver Bott
  • Chris Cummins
  • Evangelia Daskalaki
  • Kordula De Kuthy
  • Liesbeth Degand
  • Vera Demberg
  • Jacqueline Evers-Vermeul
  • Alan Garnham
  • Nicole Gotzner
  • Barbara Hemforth
  • Jet Hoek
  • Robin Hörnig
  • Aine Ito
  • Fang Jackson-Yang
  • Juhani Järvikivi
  • Elsi Kaiser
  • Elena Karagjosova
  • Andrew Kehler
  • Arnout Koornneef
  • Ekaterina Kravtchenko
  • Manfred Krifka
  • Alex Lascarides
  • Robin Lemke
  • Mingya Liu
  • Laia Mayol
  • Mante Nieuwland
  • Edgar Onea
  • Till Poppels
  • Janina Radó
  • Arndt Riester
  • Hannah Rohde
  • Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos
  • Stephanie Solt
  • Katharina Spalek
  • Jennifer Spenader
  • Britta Stolterfoht
  • Patrick Sturt
  • Jack Tomlinson
  • Titus von der Malsburg
  • Klaus von Heusinger
  • Thomas Weskott
  • Henk Zeevat


  • Anton Benz
  • Torgrim Solstad


Accepted papers (in alphabetical order and according to presentation type)

A schedule will be published shortly. We expect to start at 9 a.m. on Friday (27th). The conference will end around 4.30 p.m. on Saturday (28th).



  1. Jet Hoek, Andrew Kehler and Hannah Rohde
    Pronominalization and expectations for re-mention: Evidence from benefactives
  2. Katharina Spalek, Beate Bergmann, Wei Shi and Vera Demberg
    'Only' increases expectations for causal coherence relations
  3. Chi Zhang, Sarah Bernolet and Robert Hartsuiker
    The Effect of discourse continuity on Structural Priming