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. (See my lab website)
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Recent talks and upcoming events:

February 2014

March 2014:

May 2014: SALT 24 (Abstract)

June 2014: Talk @ ZAS, Berlin


Selected Publications and Recent Manuscripts and Talk Slides

(additional downloads here; see CV for full list of publications)

2014. [Florian Schwarz and Dan Grodner] Pragmatic narrowing in reference resolution: Domain restriction & perspective taking. Poster presented at CUNY 27, OSU, Columbus, OH.

2014. Soft and hard presupposition triggers are fast in online processing. Poster presented at CUNY 27, OSU, Columbus, OH.

2014. [Cory Bill, Jacopo Romoli, Florian Schwarz and Stephen Crain] Indirect scalar implicatures are neither scalar implicatures nor presuppositions (or both). 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. [Florian Schwarz and Sonja Tiemann] Presupposition Projection in Online Processing (revised version)

2013. Introduction: Aspects of Meaning in Context – Theoretical Issues and Experimental Perspectives. Submitted for inclusion in Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions, Florian Schwarz (ed.), Under contract for Springer’s Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics Series.

2013. Presuppositions vs. Asserted Content in Online Processing. Submitted for inclusion in Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions, Florian Schwarz (ed.), Under contract for Springer’s Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics Series.

2013. Symmetry and Incrementality in Conditionals. Submitted for inclusion in Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions, Florian Schwarz (ed.), Under contract for Springer’s Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics Series.

2013. [Jacopo Romoli and Florian Schwarz] An Experimental Comparison between Presuppositions and Indirect Scalar Implicatures. Submitted for inclusion in Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions, Florian Schwarz (ed.), Under contract for Springer’s Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics Series.

2013. False but slow: Rejecting statements with non-referring definites (revised version; submitted)

2013. How weak and how definite are Weak Definites? (pre-final draft; to appear in a volume on Weak Referentiality, edited by Ana Aguilar-Guevara, Bert Le Bruyn, and Joost Zwarts, to be published in the Linguistics Today series of John Benjamins)

2013. Different Types of Definites Crosslinguistically.  Language and Linguistics Compass Volume 7, Issue 10, pages 534–559. (pre-final draft)

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)

2012. Situation pronouns in Determiner Phrases.  Natural Language Semantics, December 2012, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 431-475 (DOI: 10.1007/s11050-012-9086-1)

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)

NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT!

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]