Perspective- and context-shift in language

University of Cologne, June 11, 1 pm – 6.30 pm and June 12, 9 am – 12 am


There are many linguistic expressions – such as logophoric or anti-logophoric pronouns, predicates of personal taste and modal verbs – whose interpretation is dependent on the perspective of an individual which can, but need not be the speaker. At the same time, in Free Indirect Discourse some (but not all) context-sensitive expressions are interpreted not with respect to the author’s context, but with respect to the (fictional) context of some salient protagonist. The aim of this workshop is to gain a better understanding of the structural mechanisms which determine perspective- and context-shifts and to clarify the relations between the two types of phenomena: In particular, is (partial) context-shift just an extreme form of perspective-shift or are two entirely different mechanisms at play?



Emar Maier (University of Groningen)

Anke Holler (University of Göttingen)

Susanna Salem (University of Göttingen)

Thomas Weskott (University of Göttingen)

Sandhya Sundaresan (University of Leipzig)

Anke Grutschus (University of Cologne)

Stefan Hinterwimmer (University of Cologne)

Hanna Rütten (University of Cologne)

Petra Schumacher/Hanna Weiland-Breckle(University of Cologne)



Thursday: Neuer Senatssaal (Main Building, Albertus Magnus Platz)

Friday: Conference Room at Pohlighaus (Pohligstr. 1).

Organizers: Stefan Hinterwimmer, Hanna Rütten






Thursday, 11. 06. 15, Neuer Senatssaal.

13-14: Petra Schumacher & Hanna Weiland-Breckle (Universität zu Köln): Perspective & Adjectives

14-15: Sandhya Sundaresan (Universität Leipzig): Perspectival anaphora and predication.

15-15:30: Anke Grutschus (Universität zu Köln): Which utterance theory to model perspective shifts in reported speech?

15:30-16: Anke Holler, Susanna Salem & Thomas Weskott (Universität Göttingen): Does narrative perspective influence perspective-taking during reading? – An empirical study on free indirect discourse and psycho-narration.

16-16:30: Coffee break.

16:30-17:30: Emar Maier (University of Groningen): Narrator attraction: unshifting pronouns in direct and free indirect discourse.

17:30-18:30: Stefan Hinterwimmer (Universität zu Köln): Indefinites and the perspective-dependence of presupposition maximization.


Friday, 12. 06. 15, conference room, Pohligstraße 1.

09-10: Hanna Rütten (Universität zu Köln): On indefinite demonstratives and their relation to free indirect discourse and experienced impression.

10-12: General discussion.



The workshop is sponsored by the Cologne Center of Language Sciences (CCLS)