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Presupposition and Implicature: From Theory to Experiments


31 août-1 septembre 2023

Lang EN Workshop language is English
Responsable de l'activité

Genoveva Puskas


M. David Blunier, UNIGE

Prof. Genoveva Puskàs, UNIGE


Les noms des intervenant·es seront communiqués prochainement.


The past two decades have seen an ever-increasing interest to the application of experimental methods to theoretical issues standing at the interface between semantics and pragmatics, ranging from the (non-)grammaticality of scalar implicatures (Breheny et al. 2005; Geurts & Pouscoulous 2009; Chemla & Spector 2011; Marty & Chemla 2013; Benz & Gotzner 2014), the distinction between primary and secondary implicatures (Dieuleveut, Chemla & Spector 2019), presupposition and anti-presupposition effects (Renans et al. 2017; Bade & Schwarz 2019, 2021), alternative-based inferences (Bade et al. 2022) and free choice inferences (Tieu et al. 2019), among others. More generally, it is now a fact that experimentally-grounded reasearch is becoming a standard within the field, regardless of one's theoretical inclinations.

The present school is meant to create a unique opportunity for PhD students and collaborators alike to meet and learn from scholars whose works have provided numerous advances in the field of experimental semantics and pragmatics. It will consist in both theoretical and pratical sessions. The theoretical part will to provide the audience with the general linguistic and methodological background required to perform experiments on meaning-related issues. The practical part will consist in hands-on workshops, during which participants will be asked to design (and, in the aftermath, run) experiments about a topic of their choice related to those discussed beforehand.


Bade, N. & Schwarz, F.
An experimental investigation of antipresuppositions
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 2019, 25, 5

Bade, N. & Schwarz, F.
New data on the competition between definites and indefinites
Experiments in Linguistic Meaning, 2021, 1, 15-26

Bade, N.; Picat, L.; Chung, W. & Mascarenhas, S.
Alternatives and attention in language and reasoning: A reply to Mascarenhas & Picat 2019
Semantics and Pragmatics, 2022, 15, 2

Benz, A. & Gotzner, N.
Embedded implicatures revisited: Issues with the truth-value judgment paradigm
Proceedings of the formal & experimental pragmatics workshop, 2014, 1-6

Chemla, E. & Spector, B.
Experimental evidence for embedded scalar implicatures
Journal of semantics, Oxford University Press, 2011, 28, 359-400

Dieuleveut, A.; Chemla, E. & Spector, B.
Distinctions between primary and secondary scalar implicatures
Journal of Memory and Language, Elsevier, 2019, 106, 150-171

Geurts, B. & Pouscoulous, N.
Embedded implicatures?!?
Semantics and pragmatics, 2009, 2, 4-1

Marty, P. P. & Chemla, E.
Scalar implicatures: working memory and a comparison with only
Frontiers in psychology, Frontiers, 2013, 4, 403

Renans, A.; Bade, N. & de Veaugh-Geiss, J. P.
Universals in Pragmatics: Maximize Presupposition and Obligatory Implicatures
Proceedings of GLOW in Asia XI, 2017, 2

Tieu, L.; Bill, C. & Romoli, J.
Homogeneity or implicature: an experimental investigation of free choice
Proceedings of SALT 29, 2019, 706-726


Université de Genève



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