Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - FAHMRRR


Donnerstag, 27. Februar


08:30-09:00 Anmeldung

09:00-09:30 Begrüßung und einleitende Diskussion (Katharina Spalek)

09:30-10:30 First Keynote Lecture


The role of intonation and the particle 'auch' in the activation of alternatives (Bettina Braun)


10:30-11:00 Kaffeepause

11:00-12:30 Session 1


11:00-11:30 Focus alternatives and the German particle 'auch' (Laura Dörre & Christine Dimroth)

11:30-12:00 Re-opening QUDs: Which alternatives play a role? (Mira Grubic & Marta Wierzba)

12:00-12:30 'Locus semantics': Broadening alternative semantics beyond focus (Mia Wiegand)


12:30-14:00 Mittagsbuffet

14:00-15:00 Session 2


14:00-14:30 Hungarian structural focus: Accessibility to focused elements and their alternatives in working memory and long term memory (Tamás Káldi, Ágnes Szőllősi & Anna Babarczy)

14:30-15:00 Focus marking strategies in polar questions in Macedonian (Izabela Jordanoska & Erlinde Meertens)


15:00-16:30 Postersession mit Kaffee


  • Pre-verbal focus in Turkish: An eye-tracking during reading study (İpek Pınar Uzun, Seçkin Arslan & Özgür Aydın)
  • Focus markers, focus alternatives and attachment (Katy Carlson & David Potter)
  • Grammatical constraints on focus alternatives? The case of phi-features in Czech (Radim Lacina & Matthew Husband)
  • The interpretation of sentences with the focus particle 'only' in Italian-learning children (Chiara Boila, Tom Fritzsche, Jacopo Torregrossa & Barbara Hoehle)
  • Children's sensitivity to focus effects: Hebrew 'rak' (only) vs. 'tamid' (always) (Oshrat Moshe-Zaviv, Sharon Aromon-Lotem & Yael Greenberg)
  • Inclusive 'only' in German (Laura Dörre & Andreas Trotzke)
  • Widening and exhausitifying alternative propositions in multiple wh-exclamatives (Natalia Zevakhina & Ilmira Bainazarova)
  • Focus and topic propositions in why questions, an experimental study on Italian (Francesco Beltrame)
  • The effects of focalization on Italian doubly quantified sentence (Riccardo Pulicani)
  • More than the intervention effect in Korean why constructions (Myung Hye Yoo)
  • Two kinds of broad focus in polar questions (Beste Kamali)


19:30 Workshop Dinner


Picoteo - Restaurant and Tapas-Bar

Erkelenzdamm 47

10999 Berlin



Freitag, 28. Februar


09:00-10:00 Session 3


09:00-09:30 Processing restrictive particles with different sets of alternatives (Britta Stolterfoht & Daniel Hole)

09:30-10:00 Sentence-final particle and cleft exhaustivity – Towards an experimental investigation (Jun Chen, Daniel Hole & Diego Frassinelli)


10:00-10:30 Kaffeepause

10:30-11:30 Second Keynote Lecture


Focus syncretisms and (un)alternatives  A cross-linguistic perspective (Daniel Büring)


10:30-11:30 Second Keynote Lecture


Focus alternatives in the human mind: Retrieval, recognition, and recall – Project aims, methodology and findings up to now (Katharina Spalek)


11:30-12:00 Zusammenfassung und Abschluss (Katharina Spalek)

12:00-13:30 Mittagsbuffet