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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities

Call for Papers

This workshop intends to discuss whether explicit relations (relations with connectives) differ from implicit ones (relations without connectives), and it aims to explore the phenomenon of relation marking in greater detail. This includes the question of whether/how naturally occurring implicit relations are different from relations from which discourse connectives are deliberately removed. We hope to address these topics from diverse perspectives, and intend to incorporate contributions of researchers from multiple disciplines, such as discourse analysis, pragmatics, corpus linguistics and computational discourse. Specific interests related (but not restricted) to the broad theme of explicit and implicit relations would include:

  • Signalling of discourse relations (both by discourse connectives and other relational markers (lexical or syntactic, etc.), and their correlations)
  • Semantics and functions of discourse relations (how relations may differ with respect to different linguistic, semantic or pragmatic parameters)
  • Discourse parsing (identification of discourse relations and their arguments, both in the presence and absence of explicit relational signals)
  • Psycholinguistic processing of text (both in the presence and absence of discourse connectives and other relational signals)

We invite submission of extended abstracts on the above-mentioned topics, preferably involving many different languages. Accepted submissions will be presented at the workshop, for a 30-minute-long talk followed by a 10-minute-long question-answer session.


Abstract submission

Abstracts must be anonymous, and should be no longer than two pages of texts, 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 email to: angldisr@hu-berlin.de


Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: October 1, 2019
Notification of acceptance: Late November, 2019
Workshop date: January 17-18, 2020


Contact Email: angldisr@hu-berlin.de