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C04 - Conceptual and referential activation in discourse

As a basis for the current project, we propose that prominence relations are among the core features contributing to referent management - at the level of comprehension and at the level of discourse planning. We suggest that, in referent management, prominence-lending features affect two related processes: activation of a concept and activation of a referent. The overall goal of the project is to develop a discourse model that can account for some key features in discourse processing, in particular for those features that are associated with concept activation and referent activation.

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Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger

Speaker of the CRC, Principal Investigator B04, C04 and Z

Office: Philosophikum, room 2.116 and CRC, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 1.09
E-mail: klaus.vonheusinger(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-4884 (Philosophikum) and -89900 (CRC)
Web: Prof. Dr. Klaus von Heusinger


Frederike Weeber

Doctoral student C04 (on parental leave)

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, room 1.05
E-mail: fweeber1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89902
Web: Frederike Weeber


Antonia Dietrich

Student assistant C04

Office: SFB, Luxemburger Str. 299, Raum 1.05
E-Mail: adietri7(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89902


To appear

  • Hoek, Jet, Merel C. J. Scholman & Ted J. M. Sanders. To appear. Is there less agreement when the discourse is underspecified? Annotation of coherence relations in TED talks. Proceedings of the DiscAnn Workshop.
  • Konuk, Gökben & Klaus von Heusinger. To appear. Discourse prominence in Turkish: The interaction of grammatical function and semantic role. In Irina Khomchenkova, Yulia Sinitsyna & Sergei Tatevosov (eds.), Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 15). Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. preprint: pdf
  • Riester, Arndt, Amalia Canes Nápoles & Jet Hoek. To appear. Combined discourse representations: Coherence relations and questions under discussion. Proceedings of the DiscAnn Workshop.


  • von Heusinger, Klaus & Umut Özge. 2021. Inferable and partitive indefinites in topic position. In Anke Holler, Katja Suckow & Israel de la Fuente (eds.), Information structuring in discourse, 112–140. Leiden: Brill.