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, Schützenstr. 18, 3rd floor, room 308
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General information



General information ^


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 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?


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)leibniz-zas.de)

Torgrim Solstad (solstad(at)leibniz-zas.de)




DETEC is held at the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS), Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin. The talks will be held in room 308 on the 3rd floor, whereas the poster session will take place on the 4th floor, room 403.

→ How to get to the ZAS and find your way on the premises


→ Where to find accommodations and restaurants


We would like to call your attention to a related Xprag.de-funded workshop on September 25-26, 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: https://www.xprag.de/?page_id=6215

Guidelines for talks and posters ^

Talks should be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for discussion for a total of 30 minutes for each presentation.

Posters should be printed in portrait orientation and should not exceed A0 size (841 mm x 1189 mm, or 33.1 x 46.8 in). If you wish to have the poster printed in Berlin and pick it up here, we're happy to provide you with the names of print services in the vicinity of the institute.


Pre-conference gathering

On Tursday, September 26, from 7 p.m. we meet at Kohlenquelle Koppe, Kopenhagener Straße 16, 10437 Berlin. Food can be ordered until 9.30 p.m. The closest public transport station/stop is Schönhauser Allee. Information on how to get there can be found at the BVG web site.

Friday, September 27 (Room 308, 3rd floor, Schützenstr. 18)

9:00- 9:30 Coffee and registration
9:30- 9:40 Welcoming remarks
9:40-10:40 Elsi Kaiser
On causal relations in discourse: Expected and unexpected situations
10:40-11:00 Coffee
11:00-11:30 Robin Lemke, Lisa Schäfer, Heiner Drenhaus and Ingo Reich
Script-based discourse expectations trigger omissions in fragments – Evidence from production data
11:30-12:00 Merel Scholman, Vera Demberg, Pim Mak and Ted Sanders
Are readers listless? Exploring the sensitivity to contextual list signals
12:00-12:30 Mingya Liu and Juliane Schwab
Multiple cue integration in discourse expectations: experimenting with German 'zwar… aber' vs. English 'sure… but'
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Mante Nieuwland
Discourse-based lexical anticipation: Insights from ERPs
15:00-15:20 Coffee
15:20-15:50 Bilge Palaz, Ryan Rhodes and Arild Hestvik
On the non-incremental processing of negation: Evidence from ERPs
15:50-16:20 Leigh Fernandez, Paul Engelhardt, Angela Patarroyo and Shanley Allen
The impact of auditory presentation speed on anticipatory eye movements in L2 speakers of English and older and younger L1 speakers of English
16:30-18:00 Poster session 1 (with snacks and drinks)
19:00 Conference dinner (venue to be announced)

Saturday, September 28 (Room 308, 3rd floor, Schützenstr. 18)

Alex Lascarides
Situated communication
Johanna Klages, Anke Holler, Elsi Kaiser and Thomas Weskott
Discourse Expectations Induced by Perspectivization: The Case of Counteridenticals
Alexandra Lorson, Hannah Rohde and Chris Cummins
Expectations about discourse relevance can license direct objections to presupposed content
Kenneth Baclawski Jr. and Zihan Cindy Yang
Experimental evidence for the status of the Right-Frontier Constraint
Poster session 2 (with lunch)
Jina Song and Elsi Kaiser
Effects of coherence relations on the interpretation of Korean null pronouns
Yvonne Portele and Markus Bader
Semantic Bias versus Topicality in the Interpretation of Personal and D-Pronouns
Jorrig Vogels
Discourse expectations affect pronoun use in Dutch
Oliver Bott and Torgrim Solstad
Remention Biases Affect the Choice of Anaphoric Form
Closing remarks


  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

Poster session 1, room 403, 4th floor, ZAS (Friday, 16.30-18.00)

Poster session 2, room 403, 4th floor, ZAS (Saturday, 12.20-14.00)



  • 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

Social programme ^

Pre-conference gathering

On Thursday, September 26, from 7 p.m. there will be a pre-conference gathering at Kohlenquelle Koppe, Kopenhagener Straße 16, 10437 Berlin. Food can be ordered until 9.30 p.m. The closest public transport station/stop is Schönhauser Allee, which can be reached by tram (Straßenbahn, line M1), tube (U-Bahn, line U2) and suburban train (S-Bahn, several lines). Please refer to the public transportation BVG page for information on how to get there. Please also note that at the moment, only cash payment is available at Kohlenquelle, but there are several ATMs close to Schönhauser Allee and also in the vicinity of the café (e.g. at the corner of Gleimstraße and Sonnenburger Straße).

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 27, in Restaurant Cana, which serves Arabic and Middle Eastern food. Dinner will be served as a shared meal including a vegan dish and costs 25 Euro per person, excluding drinks. Sign up for the dinner by using the registration form. We kindly ask you to consider signing up to be binding, as we will have to inform the restaurant about the number of participants a week up front. 

Registration ^

Please go to the registration form to register for the conference. The conference fee is 30 Euro and will have to be paid on-site. Please register by September 19!