I am an Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Linguistics department at UPenn, where I also currently serve as Undergraduate Chair. In addition, I 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 presentations & events:
March 2017: Workshop on ‘Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Presuppositions.’ University of Genoa. Invited talk on ‘Experimenting with Trigger Contrasts: (Dis-)Entangling Presuppositions and Entailments.’
March 2017: CUNY conference
May 2017: SALT
July 2017: MAPPL, Tokyo, Japan
Selected Publications and Recent Manuscripts and Talk Slides
2016. Presuppositions, Projection, and Accommodation – Theoretical Issues and Experimental Approaches. Chapter draft, submitted to Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics.
2016. [Jérémy Zehr, Cory Bill, Lyn Tieu, Jacopo Romoli, and Florian Schwarz] Presupposition projection from the scope of `None: Existential, Universal, or both? Draft submitted to Proceedings of SALT 26.
2016. [Hezekiah Akiva Bacovcin and Jérémy Zehr and Florian Schwarz] To Accommodate or to Ignore? The Presuppositions of ‘Again’ and ‘Continue’ Across Contexts. (submitted)
2016. Weak vs. Strong Definites – Meaning and Form Across Languages. Invited Talk presented at the workshop on Definiteness Across Languages, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico & El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City. (earlier version presented at the Workshop on ‘Semantic contribution of Det and Num: (In)definiteness, genericity and referentiality’, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.)
2016. [Florian Schwarz and Sonja Tiemann] Presupposition Projection in Online Processing (Link to Advance Access version on Journal of Semantics website; doi 10.1093/jos/ffw005)
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)
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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)