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:

January 30, 2015: Harvard Linguistics Circle

March 13-14: University of Michigan Spring Colloquium in Philosophy

April 10, 2015:  Linguistics Colloquium @ Northwestern University

July 1-3, 2015: Workshop on “Experimental and crosslinguistic evidence for the distinction between implicatures and presuppositions”

Selected Publications and Recent Manuscripts and Talk Slides

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

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)

2015. Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions, Florian Schwarz (ed.),  Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics , Springer International Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-319-07979-0Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions

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 December 2014)

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. Referentially Opaque Transitives. Submitted for inclusion in the Companion to Semantics.

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. Different Types of Definites CrosslinguisticallyLanguage 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)


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]