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Workshop: How much is too much? The one-new-idea constraint and related phenomena at the information-intonation interface

Uta Reinöhl's Emmy Noether Group on "Non-hierarchicality across languages and categories" is pleased to announce the following workshop, which is also the final workshop of our research project:

This workshop assembles researching the packaging of information relative to intonation units. Seminal studies including Chafe (1979, 1994), Givón (1983), and Pawley & Syder (1983) have suggested universal cognitive constraints on how much new information may be expressed in a prosodic chunk, e.g. Chafe’s “one new idea constraint”. Despite their wide-reaching implications, and their impact on fields including discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, and typology, these claims still largely await testing for more languages as well as discourse types.

Where and when? 

  • The workshop will take place on Friday, July 12th, starting approx. at 9:30am and ending with a joint workshop dinner (location and time tba). The location is in HS 1034 in this building (Kollegiengebäude 1). 

  • We invite you to already come early on the 11th (Thursday) so that you can participate in this year's Hermann Paul Lecture with Prof. Dr. Petra Schumacher (Cologne) on "The Future of Experimental Pragmatics".
  • There will be an additional programme around the lecture, namely a guided tour of an exhibition on endangered languages by Freiburg-based linguists in the afternoon of the 11th (more information here) and a reception after the Hermann Paul Lecture. We will shortly share more detail regarding these events as well.
  • If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch either with Naomi Peck (naomi.peck@linguistik.uni-freiburg.de) or Uta Reinöhl uta.reinoehl@linguistik.uni-freiburg.de).
  • Call for papers

 


 

Programme

Date

Time

Location

Talk

11.07

4.30pm

Uniseum
Bertoldstr. 17

Guided Tour of Zur Sprache Kommen: Forschung zu bedrohten Sprachen sichtbar gemacht

6pm

Haus zur Lieben Hand
Löwenstr. 16

HPCL Lecture: Schumacher
The Future of Experimental Pragmatics

12.07

9.45am

HS 1034, KG I 
Platz der Universität 3

Introduction

10am

Emmy Noether Group (Reinöhl et al.)
“One new idea” constraint holds cross-linguistically even in serial verb constructions and flat nominal expressions

10.45am

Ozerov
Beyond cognitive constraints: Interactional factors underlying the “one new idea” principle

11.30am

coffee break

11.45am

Peck
Multiple predicates, multiple events? Testing the One New Idea constraint beyond non-hierarchical constructions

12.30pm

Lunch

2pm

Schnell & Linders
Chafe’s one new idea at a time and uniform information density: A cross-linguistic computational study into the distribution of referential information

2.45pm

Jacob
How many ideas per sentence? Towards a "Grammar of Discrimination"

3.30pm

coffee break

3.45pm

Inbar et al.
Empirical testing of intonation unit dynamics across diverse languages

4.30pm

Reinöhl & Ellison
The one-new-idea constraint and holistic language processing

5.15pm

Closing

6.30pm

Rothaus
Bertoldstr. 17

Dinner

13.07

10am

Uniseum
Bertoldstr. 17

Guided Tour of Zur Sprache Kommen: Forschung zu bedrohten Sprachen sichtbar gemacht (English)