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

Organizer(s)Benz, Anton & Torgrim Solstad
Start of event 27.09.2019, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 28.09.2019, 18.00 o'clock
Venue ZAS, 3rd floor, room 308
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General information

Programme

Registration

 


General information ^

 

DESCRIPTION ^

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.

 

INVITED SPEAKERS (CONFIRMED)

  • 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)+

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

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?

 

IMPORTANT DATES ^

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


LOCAL ORGANIZERS

Anton Benz (benz(at)leibniz-zas.de)

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


CONTACT INFORMATION

detec2019(at)leibniz-zas.de

 

VENUE ^

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

 

ACCOMMODATION ^

→ Where to find accommodations and restaurants

 


RELATED WORKSHOP

We would like to call your attention to a related Xprag.de-funded 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:

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.

 


PROGRAMME ^

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

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

Saturday, September 28

9:30- 
10:30 
Alex Lascarides
Situated communication
10:30-
10:50
Coffee
10:50-
11:20
Johanna Klages, Anke Holler, Elsi Kaiser and Thomas Weskott
Discourse Expectations Induced by Perspectivization: The Case of Counteridenticals
11:20-
11:50
Alexandra Lorson, Hannah Rohde and Chris Cummins
Expectations about discourse relevance can license direct objections to presupposed content
11:50-
12:20
Kenneth Baclawski Jr. and Zihan Cindy Yang
Experimental evidence for the status of the Right-Frontier Constraint
12:20-
14:00
Poster session 2 (with lunch)
14:00-
14:30
Jina Song and Elsi Kaiser
Effects of coherence relations on the interpretation of Korean null pronouns
14:30-
15:00
Yvonne Portele and Markus Bader
Semantic Bias versus Topicality in the Interpretation of Personal and D-Pronouns
15:00-
15:20
Coffee
15:20-
15:50
Jorrig Vogels
Discourse expectations affect pronoun use in Dutch
15:50-
16:20
Oliver Bott and Torgrim Solstad
Remention Biases Affect the Choice of Anaphoric Form
16:20-
16:30
Closing remarks

Alternates

  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 (Friday, 16.30-18.00)

Poster session 2 (Saturday, 12.20-14.00)

 


 

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE ^

Members

  • 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

Chairs

  • Anton Benz
  • Torgrim Solstad

 


Social programme ^

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.  On Tursday, 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).

 


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!