RuCCS Colloquia

Hidden expectations (talk recording available)

Dr. Frank Veltman

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

University of Amsterdam, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

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In this talk I will have to say something about a variety of topics:

— epistemic modalities (What is the difference between `may’ and `might’?)
— conditionals (There is a third kind of conditionals, “somewhere between” indicatives and counterfactuals.)
— gradable adjectives (Why is it is normal to be neither tall nor short?)
— generic sentences (Why accept `lions have manes’  rather than `lions don’t have manes’? How come `Boys don’t cry’ seems to express a norm rather than a fact?).

What these topics have in common is that one cannot explain the meaning — not even the logical properties — of the expressions involved without explaining how they affect people’s  “expectations”. This can best be done in a framework in which the meaning of a sentence is not equated with its truth conditions but with its (potential) impact the intentional state of an addressee.

Dr. Frank Veltman

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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