Kinder Lab @ Experimental pragmatics 2015! Amanda will be presenting her paper “Speaker-specific pragmatic generalizations based on under- vs. over-informative utterances” (Session 9, 7/18, 2:30pm). Mike Tanenhaus will be giving his plenary on Friday at 4pm.

Congrats to Maryam for getting an LSA fellowship! It’s a great opportunity to take classes, mingle with other grad students and have a fun summer with a lot of linguists. Yay! This year the institute is happening in Chicago (https://lsa2015.uchicago.edu/). The list of classes can be found on the website. It’s a pretty impressive and […]

Kinder Lab RAs Stephen Powell (Junior, BCS & Biology) and Natalie Fuentes (Sophomore, ASL & BCS) received a Discover Grant for their project “Integrating language development research into promotion of digital literacy in young children”. Stephen and Natalie proposed a longitudinal research/outreach project for providing reading support for young children using tablet devices while testing […]

Chigusa will be visiting Brown on 11/5 (Wed) and giving a talk in the Ling Lang Lunch series. Expectation-adaptation in the incremental interpretation of English contrastive prosody Chigusa Kurumada (University of Rochester) in collaboration with Meredith Brown (Tufts University/Massachusetts General Hospital) and Michael K. Tanenhaus (University of Rochester) The realization of prosody varies across speakers, […]

While roles of contextual contrasts have been investigated extensively, we don’t know so much about how that relates to our knowledge about linguistic operators indicating contrasts. Sedivy suggests that the contrastive inferences are driven NOT solely by linguistic knowledge for lexical items but also by expectations about how concepts in the scene are likely to be encoded linguistically.

When we talk about objects in the world, we have a very large number of alternative expressions that we can use. Davies and Katsos argue that children tend to add extra bit of information when describing an object. Is it true? And why is it so bad?