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Valentine Hacquard: "Bootstrapping into Attitudes"

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January 23, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stevenson Fireside Lounge | Free

Valentine Hacquard from the University of Maryland will be presenting this talk which explores two classic problems at the semantics-pragmatics interface from a learner’s perspective. First, the meaning that speakers convey often goes beyond the literal meaning of the sentences they utter. Second, not all content encoded in utterances has equal standing: some is foregrounded, some backgrounded. Yet a sentence does not formally distinguish what a speaker asserts from what she presupposes or merely implicates. For this reason, the child acquiring a language has a daunting task. She must both extract the literal meaning from the overall message, and separate the background assumptions that are linguistically required from those that are incidental. I will discuss, through a few case studies on children’s acquisition of attitudes, the ways in which the syntax might guide the child with this daunting task.

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Date:
January 23, 2015
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Linguistics Department
Phone:
(831) 459-2386
Email:
mjzimmer@ucsc.edu
Website:
http://linguistics.ucsc.edu/

Venue

Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Fireside Lounge‎, University of California Santa Cruz, Stevenson College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Phone:
831.459.5655