From sentence to text and back again - Approaches to text-type-specific sentence interpretation


September 25 to September 27, 2014



Workshop Description


Involved Disciplines

Linguistics, literary studies, psychology, psycholinguistics


Research Focus

We want to look at and discuss specific factors for how text-level and sentence-level interpretation influence each other. During the workshop we aim to refine our ideas of how text interpretation proceeds, and we are interested in whether there is evidence for an incremental or more dynamic text interpretation process. We want to investigate whether this might be dependent on specific language phenomena (especially context-dependent phenomena) or on specific text types (e.g., fictional vs. non-fictional texts) or both.



The core question behind the workshop is the question whether context-dependent phenomena have an impact on which strategy a reader or hearer pursues in the interpretation of a text as a whole, or whether the relation is reversed and global contextual factors influence how these phenomena are perceived and interpreted in a given text. The discussions will be guided by presentations of students and lectures of three invited scholars from different disciplines.



Invited Speakers

Richard Breheny (University College London)

Nigel Fabb (University of Strathclyde)

Petra Schumacher (University of Köln)




Graduate and doctoral students who wish to participate should apply with an introduction to their field of research as well as a proposal for a talk (30 mins + 15 mins discussion) until May 1st 2014 (1-2 pages). There is no fee. Accommodation for two nights will be paid.

Applications should be sent to and


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All talks take place at the SFB 833, Nauklerstr. 35, Room 0.04.


Thursday, September 25th 2014

14:00 - 14:45Registration
14:45 - 15:00Welcome
15:00 - 15:45

Wiltrud Wagner

Idioms in context - The ambiguity of figurative language

15:45 - 16:30

Saskia Ottschofski

Pronouns Without Referents? A Linguistic and Literary Perspective

16:30 - 17:00Coffee Break
17:00 - 18:00

Richard Breheny (invited speaker)

A role for Interactional Pragmatics in on-line meaning construction (Abstract)
19:00Conference Dinner: "Neckarmüller"


Friday, September 26th 2014


09:00 - 10:00 Coffee
10:00 - 11:00

Petra Schumacher (invited speaker)

Online effects of text type specific processing (Abstract)
11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15

Marion Knecht

Leftward association of focus particles in English and German and the role of context

12:15 - 13:00

Stefan Blohm

Exploring text type on the sentence level
13:00 - 14:30Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:15

Magdalena Zawrotna

Politeness Strategies in Discussions about Taboo Topics - An Analysis of Young Egyptians' Communication

15:15 - 16:00

Nadine Bade & Frauke Buscher

The role of fictionality in reinterpretation processes
16:00 - 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30

Nigel Fabb (invited speaker)

Not understanding (Abstract)
18:30 Dinner


Saturday, September 27th 2014

09:30 - 10:00Coffee
10:00 - 10:45

Klaus Wedekind

Finding the Place of a Sentence in its Text
10:45 - 11:30

Karolina Jaworska

The Status of Repetition in Modern Standard Arabic
11:30 - 12:00Coffee Break
12:00 - 12:45

Claudio Nobili

Text-level and sentence-level in some Italian opera texts comprehension by Slovak learners
12:45 - 13:00

Final Discussion


Download: Programme

Download: Abstracts






Travel information can be found on the Directions page of Tübingen's tourist office (Bürger- und Verkehrsverein).


If you travel by air: Stuttgart Echterdingen is the closest airport. From there, the easiest way into Tübingen is the 828 Sprinter bus. It runs hourly and takes approx. 48 minutes to about an hour (to Tübingen central train station). For bus schedules, go to At the bottom left of the page under Mini-Fahrpläne, type in 828 and choose the first option. Alternatively, take the S-Bahn (suburban train) to Herrenberg, and then a regional train from Herrenberg to Tübingen. If coming from Frankfurt airport, it takes about 2 to 2.5 hours by train with at least a change in Stuttgart and sometimes in Mannheim as well. See and click on the 'international' tab for English pages.


If you travel by train, you first have to go to Stuttgart central station. The train from Stuttgart to Tübingen takes about 45min by IRE train or around 1hr by normal train. See and click on the 'international' tab for English pages.


The workshop venue is approximately 15 minutes by foot from the central train station and 10 from the historical city centre.  Alternatively, you can take buses 1, 2 and 7 from the central station to the building of the collaborative research center. The closest bus stop is 'Lothar-Meyer-Bau'. You just cross the street (and a big parking lot) and you are right in front of the building of the research center. To help you find the SFB 833 (and the "Neckarmüller"), you can consult this map.

For information about buses in and around Tübingen, go to To get to the guest house (Lessingweg 3) you can take the buses 3, 4, 17 from the central station. The bus stop is "Im Rotbad". From there it is a 4 minute walk.


General information can be found on the web site of the Tübingen tourist office ('Bürger- und Verkehrsverein', including some general info and worthwile attractions.


To help you find a nice place to eat out, you can consult the list of places for Eating and Drinking near the SFB 833.






Projekt A1: "Kombinatorische Bedeutungsvariation an der Semantik/Pragmatik-Schnittstelle"

Projekt A2: "Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Interpretierbarkeit im Kontext"


Nadine Bade (A2)

Frauke Buscher (A1)

Carmen Dörge (A2)

Johanna Herdtfelder (A1)




Dieser Workshop wird finanziert durch das Zukunftskonzept der Universität Tübingen und den SFB 833.