RuCCS Colloquia

Mostly Framing (talk recording available)

Dr. Paul M. Pietroski

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

University of Maryland, Departments of Linguistics and Philosophy

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In the first part of this talk, I'll present a series of studies (some still in progress) that illustrate how experimental methods can help adjudicate between *provably equivalent* but *procedurally distinct* specifications of the semantic properties of quantificational/comparative expressions like 'most' and 'more'. In the second part, I'll suggest that the independently motivated emphasis on procedural/algorithmic description in semantics--as opposed to focusing on description-neutral truth conditions, which can be represented in various formats--coheres with observations that logically equivalent sentences, involving 'most' and 'more', can create different framing effects in a roughly Kahneman/Tversky sense. Moreover, spatially rearranging the objects in a scene (while holding a quantificational/comparative test sentence constant) can reveal framing effects that tell against antecedently plausible semantic hypotheses, suggesting that linguistic meanings exhibit specific representational formats that are experimentally detectable.

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Dr. Paul M. Pietroski


The RuCCS Colloquia Series is organized by Dr. Julien Musolino and Dr. Sara Pixley. The talks are held on Tuesdays in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on the Busch Campus from 1:00-2:30pm.

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