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:
- SALT 26: Jérémy Zehr, Cory Bill, Lyn Tieu, Jacopo Romoli and Florian Schwarz: Presupposition projection from the scope of ‘none’: universal, existential, or both?
- 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
October 2016: Linguistics Colloquium, UMass Amherst
Selected Publications and Recent Manuscripts and Talk Slides
2016 [Florian Schwarz, Jacopo Romoli, and Cory Bill] Reluctant acceptance of the literal truth: Eye tracking in the Covered Box Paradigm. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20.
2016 [Lyn Tieu, Cory Bill, Jeremy Zehr, Jacopo Romoli, and Florian Schwarz] Developmental insights into gappy phenomena: Comparing presupposition, implicature, homogeneity, and vagueness. (Submitted chapter draft)
2015 [Jeremy Zehr, Cory Bill, Lyn Tieu, Jacopo Romoli and Florian Schwarz] Existential Presupposition Projection from none? An Experimental Investigation. Pre-Proceedings of the 2015 Amsterdam Colloquium.
2015. Experimental Work in Presupposition and Presupposition Projection. Annual Review of Linguistics, Volume 2.
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. 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)
2009. Two Types of Definites in Natural Language, PhD thesis, University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Chair: Angelika Kratzer)