Schloss Belvedere Wien Workshop

Direct Reference and Specifity

as part of the XV European Summerschool in
Logic, Language and Information
(ESSLLI) 2003, Vienna, Austria []

Workshop for one week in Language and Logic

Klaus von Heusinger

Institut für Linguistik/Germanistik (ILG)
Universität Stuttgart
Postfach 10 60 37
D-70049 Stuttgart

Hans Kamp

Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
Universität Stuttgart
Azenbergstr. 12
D-70174 Stuttgart

[Description] [Suggested discussion topics] [Invited speakers]

[Imprtant dates] [Local information]

[Preliminary Programme]

Download of the full Workshop Brochure: brochure.pdf (769 KB)


Direct reference has been a central concern within the Philosophy of Language since the path-breaking work of Kaplan and Kripke in the late 60s and early 70s. The concept is equally important for Linguistics, however, as it enters into the interpretation process of certain natural language expressions (definite NPs such as proper names, demonstratives and definite descriptions). Specificity, on the other hand, is a more recent concept in the semantics of indefinite NPs. The concepts have much in common, however, and each is important for both Linguistics and Philosophy of Language and Logic. The workshop will focus on these similarities (as well as on the differences).

Suggested discussion topics for the workshop

  • Is specificity the "direct-reference"-mood for indefinites?
  • What can we learn from the analysis of specific indefinites for the referential properties of various definite NPs?
  • What are the linguistic (universal or language particular) means to mark direct reference/specificity?
  • How are direct reference/specificity with questions of mental representation?

Invited speakers

  • Barbara Abbott: Specificity and referentiality
  • Donka Farkas: Referential stability and differential case marking in Romanian
  • Philippe Schlenker: 'Island-escaping indefinites and Scopal Independence'
  • Ede Zimmermann: Pare Plurals and Specificity

Important dates

  • 15 March 2003 deadline for abstracts
  • 30 April 2003 notification of acceptance
  • June 2003 final program
  • 18-22 August workshop

See also the workshop-homepage:


Local information

Please note that all workshop participants must register for ESSLLI2003.
Early registration fees apply to authors of accepted papers.
For further information about the upcoming ESSLLI 2003, please contact the Organizing Committee in Vienna:

    Norbert Preining, Kurt Gödel Society
    c/o Institut für Computersprachen
    Technische Universität Wien
    Favoritenstrasse 9
    A - 1040 Vienna
    Tel. +43-1-58801-18503
    Fax +43-1-58801-18597

Preliminary Programme

Monday, 18.8.2003 Handouts:
Klaus von Heusinger & Hans Kamp Introduction
Tamás Pólya – László Tarnay The capacity to keep track of specificity: the genuine vs. the linguistic short presentation with poster session
short presentation with poster session
Wolfram Hinzen Why are there names?
Varol Akman &
Aylin Koca
Specificity, Automatic Designation, and 'I' akman_koca.handout.pdf
Barbara Ürögdi The Perfetivizer Particle "meg" in Hungarian as the Spell-Out of Specificity Urogdi.handout.pdf
Eva Lavric Specificity: two opposites, three variants
Tuesday, 19.8.2003
Barbara Abbott Specificity and referentiality Abbott.handout.pdf
Emar Maier
& Bart Geurts
Propositions and rigidity in Layered DRT Maier.handout.pdf
Wednesday, 20.8.2003
Roberto Zamparelli On certain / specific phenomena Zamparelli.handout.pdf
Richard Breheny Folk Ideas About Reference and Specific Indefinites Breheny.handout.pdf
Thursday, 21.8.2003
Donka Farkas &
Klaus von Heusinger
Referential stability and differential case marking in Romanian Farkas_Heusinger.handout.pdf
Philippe Schlenker 'Island-escaping indefinites and Scopal Independence' Schlenker.handout.pdf
Friday, 22.8.2003
Carla Umbach Specificity, Singleton Indefinites, and Intonation
Ede Zimmermann Bare Plurals and Specificity Zimmermann.handout.pdf
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last updated: 24.09.2003