Experimental Pragmatics 2019 | Edinburgh, June 19-21 2019


Wednesday 19 June

9:20-9:30: Introduction and welcome

9:30-10:30: keynote 1, Gina Kuperberg What the brain can tell us about the use of pragmatic information in language comprehension

10:30-11:00: break

11:00-12:30: talks (Richard Breheny chairing)

11:00 Judith Tonhauser and Judith Degen Higher-probability content is more projective than lower-probability content

11:30 Maxime Tulling, Ailís Cournane and Liina Pylkkänen Discourse belief-updating in the right hemisphere

12:00 Margaret Kroll and Amanda Rysling Appositive relation to truth: Pragmatic judgments of multi-clausal sentences

12:30-14:00: lunch

14:00-15:00: talks (Petra Schumacher chairing)

14:00 Paula Rubio-Fernandez and Julian Jara-Ettinger Language affects pragmatic reasoning: The case of adjective interpretation

14:30 Elli Tourtouri, Francesca Delogu and Matthew Crocker Rational ERPs: The comprehension of over-specification in visually-situated contexts

15:00-15:30: break

15:30-17:00: talks (Paula Rubio-Fernandez chairing)

15:30 Nadine Bade and Florian Schwarz (In-)definites, (anti-)uniqueness, and uniqueness expectations

16:00 Rebecca Tollan and Daphna Heller Two novel effects in pronoun interpretation: case parallelism and verb transitivity

16:30 Sadie Camilliere, Amanda Izes, Olivia Leventhal and Daniel Grodner Pragmatic and Grammatical Factors that License Singular they

17:00-19:00: Posters/Reception

Poster session 1

Thursday 20 June

9:30-10:30: keynote 2, Gerhard Jäger Strategic pronoun choice

10:30-11:00: break

11:00-12:30: talks (Napoleon Katsos chairing)

11:00 Maria Spychalska and Markus Werning Processing quantifiers in partial information contexts

11:30 Ying Liu and Rick Nouwen Strong Implicatures detected in Connectives embedded under Scalar Quantifiers

12:00 Milica Denić and Yasutada Sudo Donkey anaphora in non-monotonic environments: an experimental investigation

12:30-14:30: lunch + posters

Poster session 2

14:30-16:00: talks (Daphna Heller chairing)

14:30 Steven Frisson, Jenny Knowles, Andrea Krott and Petra Schumacher The espresso left: Using eyes with brains - Co-registration of eye movements and ERPs during the processing of ad-hoc metonymies

15:00 Paolo Canal, Luca Bischetti, Chiara Bertini, Irene Ricci, Serena Lecce and Valentina Bambini N400 differences between mental and physical metaphors: the role of Theories of Mind

15:30 Michael Henry Tessler, Karen Gu and Roger Levy Incremental understanding of conjunctive generic sentences

16:00-16:30: break

16:30-17:30: keynote 3, Vera Demberg Investigations into the effect of processing depth on pragmatic inferences

Dinner 18:30: Marlin's Wynd

Friday 21 June

10:00-11:00: keynote 4, Judith Degen The Rational Speech Act framework: an integrative theory of the interaction between literal meaning, world knowledge, and context

11:00-11:30: break

11:30-1:00: talks (Christina Kim chairing)

11:30 Lyn Tieu, Cory Bill and Jacopo Romoli Homogeneity vs. implicature theories of free choice: An experimental study

12:00 Lewis Bott, Chiara Gambi and Susanne Münz What the speaker didn't say or what they didn't think? Pragmatic enrichment relies on conceptual, not formulated, alternatives.

12:30 Alice Rees, Lewis Bott and Petra Schumacher Event-related potentials in pragmatic priming

1:00-2:30: lunch

2:30-4:00: talks (Lewis Bott chairing)

2:30 Ekaterina Kravtchenko and Michael Franke Robustness of implicatures to wordy and informationally-redundant speakers

3:00 Sebastian Schuster and Judith Degen Speaker-specific adaptation to variable use of uncertainty expressions

3:30 Christina Kim and Gloria Chamorro Perceived social proximity influences convergence in dialogue

Poster Session 1

1. Mingya Liu and Yuting Wang Non-at-issue Meanings of Mandarin Conditional Connectives

2. Anita Tobar, Zoe Hopkins and Holly Branigan Social affect and individual differences in lexical entrainment

3. Anne Mucha, Agata Renans and Jacopo Romoli Testing the implicature approach to Sequence of Tense

4. Anton Benz and Nicole Gotzner Embedded implicatures in comprehension and production

5. Barbara Tomaszewicz and Petra Schumacher World knowledge and the absolute-relative distinction in adjectives in offline and online processing

6. Bianca Cepollaro, Isidora Stojanovic and Filippo Domaneschi "Bastard" and the Strong Contextual Felicity Constraint

7. Bob van Tiel, Elizabeth Pankratz and Chao Sun Scales and scalarity: processing scalar inferences

8. Bob van Tiel, Uli Sauerland and Michael Franke Speaking of quantifiers

9. Chao Sun, Anton Benz, Nicole Gotzner and Richard Breheny Approaching scalar diversity through RSA with Lexical Uncertainty

10. Claudia Lehmann Excellent is not the most excellent inference generator: gradable adjective in irony inducing contexts

11. Despina Oikonomou and Felix Golcher Clitic Left Dislocated Numerals: Split scope and lower bound interpretation

12. Doris Penka, Maribel Romero and Bettina Braun Licensing of NPIs in High Negation Polar Questions: Evidence from 'either'

13. Ebru Evcen, Umut Oezge and Duygu Oezge Turkish "unless" is not biconditional unless the pragmatic context allows it

14. Elisabetta Tonini, Paola Del Sette, Federica Bianco, Paolo Canal, Serena Lecce and Valentina Bambini Promoting metaphor comprehension in typical development: the MetaCom training

15. Emilie Destruel, David Beaver and Liz Coppock The surprising nature of cleft alternatives in French and English

16. Fabienne Martin, Margaret Grant and Florian Schäfer Incomplete bounded paths. Experimental data from German

17. Francesca M.M. Citron, Claire Steele, Callum M. Simmons and Kate Cain A database of 256 natural stories to investigate processing of figurative and literal emotional language

18. Franziska Rück, Carolin Dudschig, Ian G. Mackenzie, Hartmut Leuthold and Barbara Kaup Using negation to refer to exceptions: Do comprehenders take into account pragmatic aspects of negation when identifying targets in a visual world paradigm?

19. Gabriel Thiberge and Barbara Hemforth Variation in French partial interrogatives: Social meaning as a key factor

20. Gregory Mills and Gisela Redeker Making invisible "trouble" visible: Self-repair increases abstraction in dialogue

21. Gregory Scontras, Asya Achimova, Christian Stegemann and Martin Butz The added informativity of ambiguous utterances

22. Greta Mazzaggio, Simona Di Paola, Eleonora Marocchini and Filippo Domaneschi Indirect Speech Acts in High Functioning Autism

23. Helena Aparicio, Roger Levy and Elizabeth Coppock How to find the rabbit in the big(ger) box: Reasoning about contextual parameters for gradable adjectives under embedding

24. Jet Hoek and Hannah Rohde Is pronominalization influenced by predictability?

25. Zoe Schlueter, Chris Cummins and Antonella Sorace How information is framed matters not only in L1 reasoning but also in L2 reasoning

Poster Session 2

1. Adina Camelia Bleotu On the acquisition of scalar epistemic adverbs in child Romanian from a colouring perspective

2. Ira Noveck and Pierre Larrivée Embedded some and scalar implicatures in real usage

3. Jeffrey Geiger and Ming Xiang Deaccenting under nonidentity: More than simple accommodation

4. Jia Loy and Kenny Smith Syntactic adaptation may depend on perceived linguistic knowledge: Experimental evidence from interaction with native and nonnative speakers

5. Judith Tonhauser Projection variability in Paraguayan Guaraní

6. Laia Mayol and Enric Vallduví Theme-containing utterances as strategies to address a broad QUD

7. Les Sikos, Noortje Venhuizen, Heiner Drenhaus and Matthew W. Crocker Reevaluating Pragmatic Reasoning in Web-based Language Games

8. Luca Bischetti, Chiara Bonomi, Giorgio Arcara, Serena Lecce, Mauro Ceroni and Valentina Bambini Metaphors and jokes in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: The relationship between pragmatics and Theory of Mind

9. Madeleine Long, Hannah Rohde, Michelle Oraa Ali and Paula Rubio-Fernandez The role of communicative strategies and cognitive control on referential efficiency across the adult lifespan

10. Maria Spychalska Order and relevance: Revising temporal structures

11. Markus Bader and Yvonne Portele Coherence outranks Topicality in the Interpretation of Personal and D-Pronouns

12. Markus Werning and Matthias Unterhuber Relevance vs similarity: Bayesian Pragmatics provides the best quantitative model for EEG and Cloze data on contextual modulation in a predictive completion task

13. Megan Parker and Daphna Heller Prototypicality predicts the mention of state information in referring expressions

14. Natalia Zevakhina and Lena Pasalskaya Overspecification of number

15. Nicole Gotzner and Diana Mazzarella Politeness and negative strengthening

16. Paolo Santorio, Jacopo Romoli and Eva Wittenberg Fixing De Morgan's laws in counterfactual antecedents

17. Paula Rubio-Fernandez, Vishakha Shukla, Shlomit Ben-Ami and Pawan Sinha Perspective taking in newly-sighted children: Do they orient towards an interlocutor's face?

18. Ruth Corps, Chiara Gambi and Martin Pickering How do listeners time response articulation when answering questions? The role of speech rate

19. Stanley Donahoo Differential Processing in Integrating Conceptual Features of Adjectives

20. Stavroula Alexandropoulou, Lisa Bylinina and Rick Nouwen Weak NPIs in non-downward entailing contexts: reasoning about context?

21. Till Poppels and Andrew Kehler Ellipsis and the QuD: evidence from sluicing with nominal antecedents

22. Xiaobei Zheng, Daphna Heller, Richard Breheny and Suzanne Stevenson How interaction affects (un)certainty about the partners' perspectives

23. Yurie Hara, Naho Orita, Ying Deng, Takeshi Koshizuka and Hiromu Sakai Neurolinguistic Differences between Evidentiality and Modality

24. Chao Sun, Xaver Koch and Katharina Spalek The processing of focus: perception, comprehension and production