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Postgraduate Program "Dimensions of Ambiguity"


International Symposium

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ambiguity:
Linguistics, Literary Studies and Rhetoric

Symposium 2009 Poster


Thursday, November 5, 2009
6 pm Lukas Grimm,
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart
Der Student von Prag, 1913 (Student of Prague),
St. Johannes Kirche
8 pm Welcome Dinner Die Kelter
Friday, November 6, 2009
8.30 - 8.45 am
Nikola Wiegeler,
University of Tuebingen
Gebärdenkodes. Die Gebärde als rhetorisches Element in der kommunikativen Interaktion. Körperliche Stummformen in Pantomime, commedia dell'arte,
Ballett, Theater und Stummfilm
8.45 - 9.45 am Lukas Grimm,
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart
Musikalische Ambiguität in der Praxis: Vertonen von Stummfilmen
9.45 - 10.15 am Coffee Break
10.15 - 10.30 am Melanie Henschke,
University of Tuebingen
Elliptical Ambiguities
10.30 - 11.30 am Jason Merchant,
University of Chicago
Context and Types of Ambiguity
11.30 am - 12.30 pm Patrick McCrae,
University of Hamburg
The Role of Cross-Modal Context in Syntactic Disambiguation
12.30 - 1.30 pm Lunch
1.30 - 1.45 pm Felix Balmer,
University of Tuebingen
Processing Connected Speech: Triggers for Mondegreens
1.45 - 2.45 pm Ulrich H. Frauenfelder,
University of Geneva
Ambiguity in Language: A Psycholinguistic Lever for Studying Language Processing
2.45 - 3.45 pm Anika Falkert,
University of Avignon
On the Relationship between Complexity and Ambiguity in some Varieties of Spoken French
3.45 - 4.15 pm Coffee Break
4.15 - 4.30 pm Olga Springer,
University of Tuebingen
Ambiguity in Charlotte Brontë's Villette
4.30 - 5.30 pm Eleanor Cook,
University of Toronto
Ambiguity and the Poets
5.30 - 6.30 pm Burkhard Niederhoff,
University of Bochum
Literary Leitmotifs and the Unfolding of Ambiguity
6.30 - 7.30 pm Alena A. Fidlerová,
Charles University in Prague
Authors of the 17th Century Philosophical Languages on Ambiguity
8.00 pm
Saturday, November 7, 2009
8.30 - 8.45 am Markus Ising,
University of Tuebingen
Cognitive Ambiguity: The Role of Collective and Dual Reconceptualisations in Grammar and Lexicon of Romance Languages
8.45 - 9.45 am Bernhard Wälchli,
University of Bern
Number in Lexical Typology: Part-Whole Interaction in Form and Function
9.45 - 10.45 am Alxandra E. Jacobsen and
Ronald R. Jacobsen,
University of Alba Iulia /
University of Southern Denmark
Intentional Ambiguity in Questions and their Answers
10.45 - 11.15 am Coffee Break
11.15 - 11.30 am Thomas Susanka,
University of Tuebingen
Mehrdeutigkeit in bildlichen Persuasionsvorgängen
11.30 am - 12.30 pm Klaus Sachs-Hombach,
Technical University of Chemnitz
Ambiguitäten im Bild
12.30 - 1.30 pm Jan Albert Van Laar,
University of Groningen
Dealing with Ambiguity in Argumentative Discussion
1.30 - 2.30 pm Lunch and Departure

Phenomena of ambiguity provide an interesting and controversial area of research for linguistics and literary studies as well as for rhetoric. A particularly rewarding field of enquiry is the resolution and production of ambiguity in text, speech, gestures and images.

The aim of this conference is to bring together the stimuli of these perspectives and focus on the dimensions of ambiguity within an interdisciplinary dialogue. We intend to address the following questions:

The following aspects may provide a first approach to the discussion:

Papers lasted for 30 minutes, followed by another 30 minutes of discussion.

SFB 833

Roundtable "Analyzing Ambiguity - Linguistic Perspectives"

SFB 833 "Bedeutungskonstitution - Dynamik und Adaptivität sprachlicher Strukturen", Projects A2, A7, C4

Saturday, November 7, 2009
University of Tuebingen, Brechtbau (Wilhelmstr. 50), Room 215


each talk 25 minutes plus 15 minutes discussion

2.45 pm Susanne Winkler,
University of Tuebingen
2.50 pm Melanie Henschke,
University of Tuebingen
The Role of Functional and Intentional Aspects for (Un-) Ambiguous Elliptical Constructions
3.30 pm Andreas Konietzko,
University of Tuebingen
Parallelism Conditions on Bare Argument Ellipsis
4.10 pm Coffee Break
4.45 pm Jutta M. Hartmann,
University of Tuebingen&
Veronika Hegedüs,
Academy of Sciences, Budapest
Ambiguity in Copular Clauses in Hungarian and English
5.25 pm Esme Winter-Froemel,
University of Tuebingen&
Angelika Zirker,
University of Tuebingen
Ambiguity in Speaker-Hearer-Interaction: Examples from Everyday and Literary Communication
6.30 pm Dinner (Restaurant Museum)

Further information on the SFB 833 can be found on its website at www.sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de.

Do you have any suggestions or questions, not only concerning the symposium but "ambiguity" in general? You can always get in touch with us at ambiguity@nphil.uni-tuebingen.de.