Call for papers

We invite the submission of abstracts for full papers. Abstracts for an oral presentation (20 minutes + discussion time) must not exceed 500 words, including references, and should mention the main research question(s), methodology, data and (expected) results. Abstracts will have to be submitted individually and will be reviewed anonymously. Please submit via EasyChair through

Important dates

15/03/2020: Registration opens – new date 01/06/2020!

30/03/2020: Early bird registration closes – new date 01/07/2020!

01/04/2020: Final program publication – new date 10/07/2020!

15/04/2020: Late bird registration closes – new date 01/08/2020!

05-06/05/2020: Conference – new dates 01-02/09/2020!

Theme of the conference

Referring to entities is a fundamental aspect of languages; it allows to refer to things and people in the world. Speakers can opt for different referential expressions (e.g. overt and null pronouns, noun phrases, proper names, etc.) to indicate a particular entity in discourse and listeners have to be able to select the correct referent according to the speaker’s intention. This is often known as anaphora resolution. The theme of the conference is to address the acquisition and the processing of reference and anaphora resolution. When acquiring, processing and resolving reference, several factors are involved, such as information status (topic/focus), the syntactic position of the antecedent, the accessibility of the referent, the number of potential or competing antecedents, the distance between the referential expression and its antecedent, etc. So, the aim of the conference is to gain insight into the different mechanisms that shape anaphora resolution across languages.


The aim of this colloquium is to address the acquisition and/or the processing of reference and anaphora resolution. The following topics will be discussed:

  • The multiple factors that constrain reference resolution / anaphora resolution (morphosyntactic, semantic, discursive and cognitive and neuropsychological factors).
  • Its processing and acquisition in different populations (native speakers, L2 learners, bilinguals, children, heritage speakers, clinical populations, etc.).
  • Both corpus and experimental approaches to anaphora resolution.
  • The different mechanisms that shape anaphora resolution across typologically similar/different languages.

The goal of the conference is to deepen our understandings on the acquisition and processing of reference and to analyze different approaches to this topic.

Scientific committee

  • An Vande Casteele – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Cristóbal Lozano – Universidad de Granada
  • Renata Enghels – Universiteit Gent
  • Stefanie Keulen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Marcus Callies – Universität Bremen
  • Alex Housen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Ana Díaz-Negrillo – Universidad de Granada
  • Pedro Guijarro Fuentes – Universitat de les Illes Balears
  • Ignacio López-Sako – Universidad de Granada
  • Amaya Mendikoetxea – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Despina Papadopoulou – University of Thessaloniki
  • Jacopo Torregrossa – Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main