Grammar And Context 2013


Referential devices in Uralic and adjacent languages

Referential devices in Uralic and adjacent languages

Organizers: Gerson Klumpp, Ritva Laury and Renate Pajusalu

Language: English

Reference, deixis and anaphora have long been a traditional research area in linguistic pragmatics. More recently, the shift in linguistics towards functional and usage-based paradigms has afforded new perspectives on the study of reference. Some important developments include the following:

- the use of authentic conversational data, especially in conversation analysis, and later in interactional linguistics, and in studies in child language acquisition as well, has made it possible to analyse referential expressions in real interaction and has shown the importance of a mutually negotiated referential framework, based on joint attention of the interlocutors (Hanks 1996, Diessel 2006);

- studies of the interconnectedness of information structure and referential devices have improved the methodological basis of the contrastive study of pronominal reference in different languages (Gundel et al. 2010)

- the development of experimental linguistics has given new statistically grounded data on the use of demonstratives and other referential expressions, for example new ideas on the old debate on spatiality/non-spatiality of demonstratives (Coventry et al. 2008, Piwek et al.2008);

- cognitive linguistics has developed semantically motivated interpretations of deixis and epistemic grounding (Langacker 2002)

- typological studies have yielded new data on the systems of demonstratives and their use in different language families (Kibrik 2011)

The workshop brings together scholars doing research on demonstratives, personal pronouns, determiners and other linguistic means of reference in Uralic languages and their contact languages. Topics to be discussed in this workshop include, but are not limited to:

-          Demonstrative and personal pronouns in conversation

-          Experimental approaches to demonstrative and personal pronouns

-          Reference tracking in narratives

-          Reference, (non-linguistic) action and joint attention

-          Acquisition (first and second language) of referential devices

-          Determiners and definiteness

-          Discontinuous pronominal phrases



Coventry, Kenny R., Bernice Valdés, Alejandro Castillo, Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes 2008. Language within your reach: Near-far perceptual space and spatial demonstratives. – Cognition, Volume 108, Issue 3, pp. 889-895.

Diessel, Holger 2006. Demonstratives, joint attention, and the emergence of grammar. Cognitive Linguistics 17: 463-489.

Gundel, Jeanette, Mamadou Bassene, Bryan Gordon, Linda Humnick, Amel Khalfaoui 2010. Testing predictions of the givenness hierarchy framework: a crosslinguistic investigation”. Journal of Pragmatics 42, 1770–1785.

Hanks, William F. 1996. Language and Communicative Practices. Chicago: Westview Press.

Kibrik, Andrej A. 2011. Refrence in Discourse. Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory. OUP.

Langacker, Ronald W.2002: Deixis and subjectivity. In: Brisard, Frank (ed.): Grounding. The Epistemic Footing of Deixis and Reference. Berlin, New York: Mouton. 1–28.

Piwek, Paul, Robbert-Jan Beun, Anita Cremers 2008. ’Proximal’ and ’distal’ in language and cognition: Evidence from deictic demonstratives in Dutch. Journal of Pragmatics, vol 40, issue 4, pp. 694–718.

Theme session program:

June 7
1. Chair: Ritva Laury
10.30-11.00    Renate Pajusalu South Estonian demonstratives: Changing or                           disappearing?
11.00-11.30    Gerson Klumpp & Nikolay Kuznetsov On Komi demonstrative pronouns
11.30-12.00    Marja-Liisa Helasvuo, Nobufumi Inaba Functions of detached NPs in Old                           Finnish texts

12.30-14.00    Lunch

2: Pronouns in interaction
Chair: Gerson Klumpp

14.00-14.30    Chiara Monzoni, Ritva Laury Making referents accessible in multi-party                           interaction
14.30-15.00    Katri Priiki Completing and interpreting: Functions of the third person                           pronoun hän ‘he, she’ in reference to a co-participant in spoken Finnish
15.00-15.30    Marja Etelämäki Demonstratives and actions: What is the Finnish                           demonstrative tuo doing in requests?
15.30-16.00    Maria Reile Spatial opposition, visual accessibility and contrast – an                           experiment with Estonian demonstratives

June 8
3: Narratives
Chair: Renate Pajusalu

9.30-10.00      Elsi Kaiser Impersonal and generic reference: A cross-linguistic look at                           Finnish and English narratives
10.00-10.30    Helen Hint Centering on overt and zero pronouns in Estonian
10.30-11.00    Szilárd Tátrai, Krisztina Laczkó Deixis and the referential interpretation of                           conversational narratives
11.00-11.30    Coffee

4: Acquisition
Chair: Ritva Laury

11.30-12.00    Virve-Anneli Vihman & Kriste Lauk Pick it up: Referential Devices in                           Estonian Child-Directed Speech
12.00-12.30    Hanna Jokela Finnish demonstrative tämä from L2 learner’s perspective
12.30-13.00    Maarja Sepp Acquisition of Spanish L2: Estonian referential devices and                           Spanish articles
13.00-14.30    Lunch

5: Possessive suffixes
Chair: Renate Pajusalu or Gerson Klumpp

14.30-15.00    Réka Zayzon Deictic and anaphoric grounding by possessive affixes in                           Nganasan
15.00-15.30    Svetlana Edygarova Possessive suffixes as referential devices in Udmurt