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:
September 2014: SuB 19, Goettingen (collaboration with Cory Bill and Jacopo Romoli; presenter: Jacopo Romoli)
- Panel on ‘Computational and experimental approaches to reference and anaphoric inference’, AMPRA 2, UCLA
- Colloquium @ Rutgers
Selected Publications and Recent Manuscripts and Talk Slides
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. [Cory Bill, Jacopo Romoli, Florian Schwarz and Stephen Crain] Presuppositions vs. Scalar Implicatures in Acquisition. Proceedings of PLC 38.
[Also see : Indirect scalar implicatures are neither scalar implicatures nor presuppositions (or both). Poster presented at CUNY 27, OSU, Columbus, OH.]
2014. Referentially Opaque Transitives. Submitted for inclusion in the Companion to Semantics.
2014. Review of `Paul Elbourne: Definite Descriptions‘. To appear in Journal of Linguistics 50. (Draft)
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. [Florian Schwarz and Sonja Tiemann] Presupposition Projection in Online Processing (revised version from April 2014)
2014. False but slow: Evaluating statements with non-referring definites (revised version from May 2014; accepted with minor revisions to Journal of Semantics)
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; 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. 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]