I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Linguistics department at UPenn. I also am a member of the Graduate Group in Psychology. My main interests are in formal semantics and pragmatics of natural language. Much of my work in this area incorporates psycholinguistic methods.
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Recent & upcoming talks & events:
September 9-12: Sinn und Bedeutung 20
- Invited Speaker at MACSIM V, University of Delaware
- NELS 46 (with Jeremy Zehr)
- Ling-Lunch & Talk in Martin Hackl’s lab group, MIT
- 20th Amsterdam Colloquium
January 2016: LSA Annual Meeting
February 2016: Workshop on Presuppositions in Acquisition, 38th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, University of Konstanz [abstract]
May 2016: Workshop on ‘Semantic contribution of Det and Num: (In)definiteness, genericity and referentiality’, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
June 2016: Workshop on ‘Definiteness across Languages.’ The National Autonomous University of Mexico and El Colegio de México
Selected Publications and Recent Manuscripts and Talk Slides
2015 [Cory Bill, Jacopo Romoli andFlorian Schwarz] Are some presuppositions scalar implicatures? Assessing evidence from reaction times. (submitted)
2015. [Lynda Kennedy, Cory Bill, Florian Schwarz, Stephen Crain, Raffaella Folli and Jacopo Romoli] Scalar implicatures vs. Presuppositions: the view from Broca’s aphasia. To appear in Proceedings of NELS 45.
2015. Experimental Work in Presupposition and Presupposition Projection. Annual Review of Linguistics, Volume 2.
2015. [Florian Schwarz, Jacopo Romoli, Cory Bill] Processing Scalar Implicatures: Slowly Accepting the Truth (literally). Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19.
2015. False but slow: Evaluating statements with non-referring definites (Journal of Semantics, Advance Access, doi:10.1093/jos/ffu019)
NOTE: If you have access to the E-book version (through your library or personal account), you can purchase a paperback ‘MyCopy’ version for $24.99!
My contributions to the volume (email me if you’d like an electronic copy!):
- Introduction: Presuppositions in Context – Theoretical Issues and Experimental Perspectives.
- Presuppositions vs. Asserted Content in Online Processing.
- Symmetry and Incrementality in Conditionals.
- [Jacopo Romoli and Florian Schwarz] An Experimental Comparison between Presuppositions and Indirect Scalar Implicatures.
2014. [Cory Bill, Jacopo Romoli, Florian Schwarz and Stephen Crain] Presuppositions vs. Scalar Implicatures: The View from Acquisition. To appear in TOPOI, special issue “Presuppositions: Philosophy, Linguistics, and Psychology”
2014. [Ezra Keshet and Florian Schwarz] De Re / De Dicto. (Submitted)
2014. Presuppositions are Fast, whether Hard or Soft – Evidence from the visual world. Proceedings of SALT 24, pp. 1-22. [Also see talk slides and CUNY 27 poster.]
2014. Review of `Paul Elbourne: Definite Descriptions‘. Journal of Linguistics 50 (3): 731-738.
2014. [Florian Schwarz and Dan Grodner] Pragmatic narrowing in reference resolution: Domain restriction & perspective taking. Poster presented at CUNY 27, OSU, Columbus, OH.
2014. Experimental Investigations of Presuppositions – A Progress Report. Invited talk presented at Linguistic Evidence 2014, University of Tübingen, Germany.
2014. How weak and how definite are Weak Definites? (pre-final draft version) Weak Referentiality, edited by Ana Aguilar-Guevara, Bert Le Bruyn, and Joost Zwarts, Linguistics Today series of John Benjamins)
2013. Maximality and Definite Plurals – Experimental Evidence. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, E. Chemla, V. Homer, G. Winterstein (eds), pp. 509-526. (Poster version)
2010. Affective ‘this’. [Potts, Christopher and Florian Schwarz] Linguistic Issues in Language Technology 3(5):1-30.
2009. The pragmatics of expressive content: Evidence from large corpora. [Constant, Noah; Christopher Davis; Christopher Potts; and Florian Schwarz.] Sprache und Datenverarbeitung 33(1-2):5-21.
2009. Two Types of Definites in Natural Language, PhD thesis, University
of Massachusetts Amherst. (Chair: Angelika Kratzer)
2007. Processing Presupposed Content. Journal of Semantics 24(4): 373-416; doi: 10.1093/jos/ffm011 [Full paper freely available from Journal website if you click here]
2007. Ex-situ focus in Kikuyu. In Aboh, Hartmann & Zimmermann (eds.) Focus Strategies in African Languages: The Interaction of Focus and Grammar in Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic. Berlin: de Gruyter, pp. 139-159 [draft]