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Logic Colloquium (Online): Nadine Theiler

Friday, December 4, 2020
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Storrs Campus

Join us in the Logic Colloquium for a talk by

Nadine Theiler (UConn, linguistics):

"An Epistemic Bridge for Presupposition Projection in Questions"

Semantic presuppositions are certain inferences associated with words or linguistic constructions. For example, if someone tells you that they “recently started doing yoga”, then this presupposes that they didn’t do yoga before.

A problem that has occupied semanticists for decades is how the presuppositions of a complex sentence can be computed from the presuppositions of its parts. Another way of putting this problem is, how do presuppositions project in various environments?

In this talk, I will discuss presupposition projection in one particular linguistic environment, namely in questions, arguing that it should be treated pragmatically. I will motivate a generalized version of Stalnaker’s bridge principle and show that it makes correct predictions for a range of different interrogative forms and different question uses.

Please contact Marcus Rossberg for log-in information.


UConn Logic Group Colloquium (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Linguistics Department, Meaning Group, Philosophy Department, UConn Master Calendar

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