UMass Linguists to ELM

The second annual Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (ELM) conference is taking place May 18-20, 2022. ELM was founded and organized by UMass alumnus Florian Schwarz and Anna Papafragou (UPenn) as a venue for showcasing experimental work on the study of linguistic meaning, including core issues in semantics and pragmatics, their interface with extralinguistic cognition, and issues of real-time processing and language acquisition. The goal of the ELM conference is to build a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of researchers focused on linguistic meaning. ELM will have both an in-person and a virtual component.

UMass linguists past and present are well represented in the schedule, with a range of talks and posters:

Adina Camelia Bleotu, Anton Benz & Roxana-Mihaela Pǎtrunjel: “You must worry! The interpretation of “mustn’t” varies with context and verb complement.

Andrea Beltrama & Florian Schwarz: “Social identity and charity: when less precise speakers are held to stricter standards

Hisao Kurokami, Daniel Goodhue, Valentine Hacquard & Jeffrey Lidz: “4-year-olds’ interpretation of additive too in question comprehension

Aynat Rubinstein, Valentina Pyatkin, Shoval Sadde, Reut Tsarfaty & Paul Portner: “Machine classification of modal meanings: An empirical study and some consequences

Christopher Davis & Sunwoo Jeong: “To honor or not to honor: Korean honorifics with mixed status conjoined subjects

Si On Yoon, Breanna Pratley & Daphna Heller: “Referential domains, priming and the effect of invisible objects

Alexander Göbel & Michael Wagner: “On a concessive reading of the rise-fall-rise contour: contextual and semantic factors

Alexander Göbel & Florian Schwarz: “Comparing Global and Local Accommodation: Rating and Response Time Data

Jesse Harris: “The enduring effects of default focus in let alone ellipsis: Evidence from pupillometry

Alexandros Kalomoiros & Florian Schwarz: “To parse or not to parse: symmetric filtering in negated conjunctions

John Duff, Adrian Brasoveanu & Amanda Rysling: “Task effects on the processing of predicate ambiguity: Distributivity in the Maze