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C05 - Discourse referents as perspectival centers

The main goal of the project is to determine, via acceptability and eye-tracking studies, how the global and local prominence status of discourse referents interact in making them available as perspectival centers with respect to the two types of perspective taking in narrative texts, Free Indirect Discourse and Viewpoint Shifting. On the basis of the experimental results, the formal analysis of Free Indirect Discourse and Viewpoint Shifting, to be developed in the project, will be developed into a dynamic discourse model.

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PD Dr. Stefan Hinterwimmer

Principal Investigator C05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 1.03
E-mail: shinterw(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89904
Web: PD Dr. Stefan Hinterwimmer


Sara Meuser

Doctoral student C05

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 4.09
E-mail: smeuser2(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89921
Web: Sara Meuser


Felix Jüstel

Student assistant C05

Office: Philosophikum
E-mail: fjueste1(at)


Janne Schmandt

Student assistant C05

Office: Philosophikum
E-mail: jschman1(at)

List of publications

In print

  • Hinterwimmer, Stefan. In print. Prominent Protagonists. Journal of Pragmatics. online first: pdf 
  • Hinterwimmer, Stefan. To appear. The Bavarian Discourse Particle "fei" as a Marker of Non-At-Issueness, in D. Gutzmann und K. Turgay (eds.), Secondary Content: The Linguistics of Side Issues, Amsterdam: Brill. preprint: pdf
  • Hinterwimmer, Stefan & Cornelia Ebert. To appear. A Comparison of "fei" and "aber". Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 22. preprint: pdf
  • Hinterwimmer, Stefan & Sara Meuser. To appear. Erlebte Rede und Protagonistenprominenz. In S. Engelberg, C. Fortmann & I. Rapp (eds.), Rede- und Gedankenwiedergabe in narrativen Strukturen - Ambiguitäten und Varianz, special issue of the journal Linguistische Berichte. preprint: pdf


  • Hinterwimmer, Stefan. 2018. Der Brenner und die Perspektive: Zum Gebrauch von Demonstrativpronomen in den Brenner-Romanen von Wolf Haas. In Hamann, C., A. Babakhani und M. Genç (eds.), Das Rätsel der Unterhaltung. Deutschsprachige Kriminalliteratur der Gegenwart: Produktion - Vermittlung – Kritik, 123-142. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. pdf
  • Hinterwimmer, Stefan. 2018. Two Kinds of Perspective Taking in Narrative Texts. In D. Burgdorf, J. Collard, S. Maspong und B. Stefánsdóttir (eds.), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 27, 282-301. pdf


Event organization

  • Linguistic perspectives on perspective-taking in narrative discourse - University of Wuppertal, Workshop held from 12th - 13th June 2019. Program