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Linguistics Colloquium: Jeffrey Lidz Professor of Linguistics, University of Maryland

OCT 14, 2021 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM



Online Event


October 14, 2021: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM




Jeffrey Lidz Professor of Linguistics, University of Maryland presents The mental representation of quantifiers

Abstract: Natural languages connect pronunciations with meanings. Linguistic pronunciations can be described in ways that relate them to our motor system (e.g., to the movement of our lips and tongue). But how do linguistic meanings relate to our nonlinguistic cognitive systems? Work in formal semantics has focused on specifying truth-conditions, abstracting away from psychological details concerning how these truth conditions are represented. In a series of studies concerning natural language quantifiers (more, most, every, each, all), we use extralinguistic cognition as a wedge in understanding the representational format of linguistic meanings, showing that truth-conditionally equivalent hypotheses for quantifier meanings can be distinguished psychologically.

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