Regular rates (register after April 15):
Rutgers affiliate, not volunteering: $75 Academic: $200 Non-academic/industry: $400
Rutgers students volunteering: free!
Anaphora & Coherence
A discourse is more than a random sequence of unconnected sentences. To see this, consider the following contrast from Hobbs (1979):
(1) John took a train from Paris to Istanbul. He has family there.
(2) #John took a train from Paris to Istanbul. He likes spinach.
Understanding that there is an explanatory connection between the two sentences in (1) is necessary for understanding the speaker’s contribution. And by contrast, the failure to carry out the interpretive task by establishing a coherent connection between the two sentences in (2) results in infelicity.
Coherence theorists concretize this observation by positing discourse relations in the logical form of a given discourse. This workshop aims to explore the following hypothesis that builds on the coherence analysis:
(3) Establishing discourse relations and resolving the interpretation of an anaphoric expression are correlated and mutually constraining tasks (Hobbs 1979, Kehler et al 2008).
We we will have five speakers (one for each day) addressing (3) from different empirical domains and theoretical perspectives.