13:45 Uhr DGfS 2022, online

Workshop on „Narration in Context“

Workshop Organizers

Julia Lukassek (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Britta Schulte (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Dina Serova (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Prof. Dr. Sonja Zeman (LMU München)

Workshop Details

This workshop is part of the 44th annual meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS 2022) to be hosted by the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and held online from 23rd to 25th February 2022.

Narration as the linguistic reproduction of events is not restricted to literary texts but is a mode of communication used in various situations of linguistic action (i.e., in different registers, genres, text types or the continuum between conceptually spoken and written language). Albeit not all texts can be classified as narrative texts per se, many can contain narrative passages or use narration as a mode to realize communicative functions or the speakers’ intentions, cf. for example blog entries or interviews. From a linguistic perspective, the features used in such situational contexts and for said communicative functions are of great interest on the levels of morphosyntax, lexis, semantics, and pragmatics. 

Linguistically relevant aspects of narration and narrativity have been discussed extensively in literary studies (see narrative perspective resp. focalisation, communication structure, relations in space and time, etc. However, the analysis and operationalization of these features for linguistic questions, e.g., in terms of corpus annotation and data extraction, is still up to debate (cf. Engelberg, Fortmann & Rapp, 2019; Hübl & Steinbach, 2018; Zeman, 2020). With our workshop, we would like to contribute to this discourse. We invite contributions from the following subject areas and topics:

  • Narration in different modes (spoken, written)
  • Corpus linguistic modelling and annotation 
  • Interdependencies between extra-linguistic context and register
  • Narration and narrativity in transition (language contact, historical stages of languages, synchrony/diachrony, varieties)
  • Linguistic features of narrative perspective resp. focalisation
  • Culture-dependent conceptualizations of narration


Engelberg, S., Fortmann, C. & I. Rapp (2019). Rede- und Gedankenwiedergabe in narrativen Strukturen – Ambiguitäten und Varianz. Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 27, Hamburg: Buske.

Hübl, A. & M. Steinbach (2018). Linguistic Foundations of Narration in Spoken and Sign Languages, Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today Ser. 247, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.

Zeman, S. (2020). Narrativität als linguistische Kategorie. Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik 48(3), 447–456.



23rd February 2022


Julia Lukassek, Britta Schulte, Dina Serova (HU Berlin)



Chair: Julia Lukassek, Britta Schulte, Dina Serova

Session 1


Keynote Sonja Zeman (LMU München)

The grammar of narration


Alexander Teixeira Kalkhoff (Universität Regensburg), Isabel Colón de Carvajal (Université Lyon, FR), Luisa Acosta Cordoba (Université Lyon, FR)

The NARRANDO project: Spanish storytelling in talk-in-interaction


Chair: Oliver Bunk

Session 2


Peter Hofmann, Anke Holler, Thomas Weskott (Universität Göttingen)

There, and Back Again: On Marking the Boundaries of Free Indirect Discourse


Jakob Egetenmeyer (Universität zu Köln)

Overshooting the narrative goal: The case of TAM forms in football language


Carolyn Anderson (Wellesley College, US)

Protagonist-mediated perspective

24th February 2022


Chair: Michał Mrugalski

Session 3


Keynote Monika Fludernik (Universität Freiburg)

Diachronic Narratology: Linguistic Perspectives on the Historical Development of Narrative within the Framework of English Studies


Mili Aishwarya (University of Delhi, IN)

Analysing Narratives in the Performative Art of Indian Puppetry


Chair: Dina Serova

Session 4


Michał Mrugalski (HU Berlin)

Terrorist Realism as a Narrative Mode in Russian and Polish Prose around 1900: Andrei Belyi, Leonid Andreev, and Stanisław Brzozowski


Gohar Schnelle, Silke Unverzagt (HU Berlin)

Narration in the service of monastic teaching: Special characteristics of narrative passages in Notkers Psalter


Camilla Di Biase-Dyson (Macquarie University, AU)

How to tell tales in Ancient Egyptian – the real meaning of the word sḏd


Chair: Britta Schulte

Session 5


Oliver Bunk (HU Berlin)

When less is more: variation in formal narrations of heritage speakers


Katya Aplonova (CNRS LLACAN Paris)

Narratives are unique data for exploring reported speech as a cross-linguistic category

25th February 2022


Chair: Julia Lukassek

Session 6


Robert Külpmann (Universität Mainz)

Independently used German wenn-sentences as meta-narrative comments


Laura Rehberger (Universität Wuppertal)

What drives narration forward? Microstructural semantics and pragmatics captured by situation theory


Luisa Gödeke (Universität Göttingen)

The Linguistic Structure of Non-fictional Statements


Melanie Andresen (Universität Stuttgart)

Narration in academic language: a corpus linguistic approach based on verb morphology


Annette Gerstenberg (Universität Potsdam)

On the margins of narration

Alternate Talks

Kimberley Pager-McClymont (University of Huddersfield, UK)

Suspense is Thunder/Lightning: The impact of pathetic fallacy on narration, a case study

Mili Aishwarya (University of Delhi, IN)

Analysing Narratives in the Performative Art of Indian Puppetry



The workshop will take place online. Please register at the conference website to receive full information about the workshops and program.


The early bird fee is open for registration until 31th January 2022.

Attendance fees:

  • DGfS member with an income: early bird: 15€, else: 20€
  • Non-member with an income: early bird: 20€, else; 25€
  • DGfS member without an income: early bird: 10€, else: 12€
  • Non-member without an income: early bird: 12€, else: 15€

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