Symposium: Reference in Interaction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

OSU is hosting a symposium on reference to objects, space, time, and location, as well as the role that prosody and gesture play in referential work in oral discourse. Invited speakers will present research on aspects of reference in conversation in various languages. The main goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for the contributors to share their recent findings and to discuss interdisciplinary questions of language use and cultural variability of human sociality. I will present on reference in Fulfulde in Qur’anic schooling and folktale telling/teaching/learning. The event is organized by Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (OSU) and Andrea Golato (U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and is sponsored by a College of Arts and Sciences Research Enhancement Award. For more information, go to the symposium website.