Stadt: Institut für Romanistik, Raum 03.088, Merangasse 70, Graz/Österreich

Beginn: 2015-09-25

Ende: 2015-09-26


A great number of formal linguistic means can be used to express the information structural partition between the focus and the background of a sentence. Under closer scrutiny, many of the formal means that are usually interpreted as encoding focus turn out to have other functions as well. The aim of this workshop is to investigate the polyfunctionality of linguistic means associated with focus. We are especially interested in cases of polyfunctionality that go beyond the well-known cases where the same linguistic form is associated with focus and contrast or exhaustivity.


Freitag 25.9.2015

9.30-9.40: Opening and introduction

9.40-10.30: Manuel Leonetti (Universidad de Alcalá) (Invited Speaker)
Non-Focal Fronting

10.30-11.10: Eva-Maria Remberger (Universität Wien)
Functional values of focus fronting and expressive meaning

11.30-12.10: Lena Karssenberg (KU Leuven)
French il y a-clefts and existentials: information structural parallels

12.10-12.50: Noèlia Sánchez-Candela (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Polifunctionality of Romance clefts

14.20-15.00: Regina Stöpper (Universität zu Köln)
Focus in Clefts – a contrastive approach of French and German

15.00-15.40: Jutta Hartmann (Universität Tübingen)
Focus and exhaustivity in it-clefts

16.00-16.40: Hisashi Morita (Aichi Prefectual University)
Crosslinguistic examination of the interaction between contrastive and information focus

16.40-17.20: Arndt Riester (Universität Stuttgart)
Proposal for a universal analysis procedure for information structure, QUDs and discourse structure

Samstag, 26.9.2015

9.00-9.40: Eva Schultze-Berndt (University of Manchester)
Focal agent markers: Information structure and “optional ergativity” in Jaminjung

9.40-10.20: Milena Insam and Remus Gergel (Universität Graz)
Spoken corpora ‘again’

10.45-11.25: Dejan Matic (Universität Düsseldorf/MPI for Psycholinguistics)
Expectations and focus in Tundra Yukaghir

11.25-12.05: Koichiro Nakamura (Meio University)
Japanese object DP scrambling with a focally stressed particle provokes exhaustive identificational focus interpretation

12.30-13.20: Malte Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam) (Invited Speaker)
Salient situations: A semantic reanalysis of RELative marking in Hausa (Chadic)

13.20 Concluding remarks

Organisatoren: Dina El Zarka, Anna Gazdik, Steffen Heidinger

Beitrag von: Steffen Heidinger

Redaktion: Reto Zöllner