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Bringing pragmatics out of the Shadows

Dr. Ira Noveck

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Institute for Cognitive Science, Lyon Frrance

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Researchers in reasoning have usually relied on models or inferential schemas in order to characterize logical terms such as or, and, not, ifand some.But much recent experimental work that benefits from pragmatics ultimately addresses how such terms are initially represented and eventually interpreted. In order to do so, I will look at scalar enrichment, a classic example of what Grice once referred to as a generalized conversational implicature (e.g. the utterance �Some students earn their degree in four years� could be taken to mean that not all do).Overall, I aim to show how the cognitive sciences in general, and the fields of reasoning and psycholinguistics in particular, can be enriched when pragmatic theorizing is given its due as a motor of experimental investigation.

Chevallier, C.Noveck, I. A., Nazir, T., Sperber, D., Bott, L. & Lanzetti, V. (in press) Making Or exclusive.QJEP.

Noveck, I.A., Guelminger, R., Georgieff, N. & Labruyere, N. (2007).What autism can tell us about Every�not sentences. Journal of Semantics, 24,(1), 73-90.

Prado, J. & Noveck, I.A. (2007). Overcoming a perceptual bias : A parametric fMRI study.Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(4), 642-657.

Pouscoulous, N., Noveck, I. A., Politzer, G., & Bastide, A. (2007). A developmental investigation of processing costs in implicature production. Language Acquisition, 14 (4), 347-375.

Bott, L. & Noveck, I.A. (2004). Some utterances are underinformative:The onset and time course of scalar inferences. Journal of Memory and Language, 51(3), 437-457.

Noveck, I. A. (2004) Pragmatic inferences linked to logical terms. In I.A. Noveck & D. Sperber (eds).Experimental Pragmatics. .Basingstoke:�Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Ira Noveck