Reading group on “Current Approaches to Modeling Discourse Update”
Organized by Aynat Rubinstein and Yael Greenberg.
This reading group will examine current work on the way to model the dynamics of information exchange and speech acts in discourse.
Specifically, we will start by looking at two foundational theoretical frameworks, namely Farkas & Bruce 2010, Farkas & Roelofsen 2015 ‘on the Table’ theory, and Manfred Krifka’s work (e.g. Krifka 2013, 2015, 2017) on speech acts and discourse update.
We will then turn to read several papers which examine specific linguistic phenomena in light of these theories (e.g. rising declarative, modalized and non-modalized response particles, evidential epistemics, epistemic comparatives, etc.).