The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution

Brussels - May 5 & 6 2020 - Palace of the Academies

Referring to entities is a fundamental aspect of languages; it allows to refer to things and people in the world. 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 in across languages.


The international conference on “The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution” is a joint initiative of the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (Centre for Linguistics (CLIN)) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the Department of English and German Philology at the Universidad de Granada (Spain). The theme of the conference ties in with the research topic of the ANACOR-project (ANACOR: A corpus-based approach to anaphora resolution in second language acquisition: beyond the interfaces), an international research project based at the Universidad de Granada.


Scientific relevance

The importance of the conference is to enhance the international exchange of research activities and results on the acquisition of referential mechanisms and the acquisition and processing of anaphora resolution. This conference intends to give the opportunity to international researchers to meet each other and to discuss theoretical issues and to comment on empirical research. Next to this, two practical workshops for PhD-students will be organised: one on corpus annotation and the analysis of referential expressions with a corpus tool and another on the design of psycholinguistic experiments on anaphora resolution. Also important is the science communication in a special issue of an international peer-reviewed journal.


Important dates

15/02/2020: Abstract submission deadline – extended deadline 01/03/2020!

15/03/2020: Notification to authors

15/03/2020: Registration opens

30/03/2020: Early bird registration closes

01/04/2020: Final program publication

15/04/2020: Late bird registration closes

05-06/05/2020: Conference