Also: presentation of the Logic Tea and of Cool Logic (two seminar series for and by PhD and MoL students at the ILLC) by the seminar organisers.
The ability to form complex linguistic units from simpler ones lies at the center of many explanations of the communicative success and robustness of natural language. A closely related ability is that to generalize knowledge about such constructions to novel ones. The present investigation addresses the question what the minimal conditions for the… (More)
Natural languages exhibit properties that are difficult to explain from a purely functional perspective. One of these properties is the systematic lack of upper-bounds in the literal meaning of scalar expressions. This investigation addresses the development and selection of such semantics from a space of possible alternatives. To do so we put forward a… (More)
Meaning conveyance is bottlenecked by the linguistic conventions shared among interlocutors. One possibility to convey non-conventionalized meaning is to employ known expressions in such a way that the intended meaning can be abduced from them. This, in turn, can give rise to ambiguity. We investigate this process with a focus on its use for semantic… (More)