Experimental Linguistics Talks

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Yasu Sudo: Implicature priming, inverse preference, and context adaptation

Implicature priming, inverse preference, and context adaptation (based on joint work with Paul Marty, Jacopo Romoli and Richard Breheny) Previous studies that use priming to investigate scalar implicatures (SIs) observe that SIs arise more often after strong primes—priming trials that force readings with SIs—than after weak primes—priming trials that force readings without SIs. To explain…

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Marieke Maas: A comparison between children and adults performing on a reference game using the Coloring Book method

A comparison between children and adults performing on a reference game using the Coloring Book method Within linguistics there are different fields on how to study language. In the last 20 years the field of pragmatics has become popular for investigation and experimentation. Pragmatics is the study of the meaning of language within context. It…

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Li Kloostra: Affective Language Processing: Language-driven Evaluation of Character Affect in Morally Loaded Narratives

Affective Language Processing: Language-driven Evaluation of Character Affect in Morally Loaded Narratives Reading negative affect adjectives, e.g.,’angry’, generally elicits increased activation of the corrugator supercilii (‘frowning muscle’), while positive adjectives, e.g., ‘happy’, can cause relaxation. This is presumably a result of mental simulation. In a moral context, the corrugator may also be affected by evaluation,…

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Imke Kruitwagen: Alternate categorization

Alternate categorization: a formal-conceptual semantics of reciprocal alternations In this talk, we present an experimental study that investigates how the different forms of a reciprocal verbs are connected to each other. Reciprocal verbs as hug, fight and collide alternate between a unary collective form (1), a “with” form (2) and a binary form (3): Wendy…

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Marloes van Moort: Familiar false facts vs. novel truths

Familiar false facts vs. novel truths: The influence of readers’ background knowledge on processing and acquiring false information I will present an ERP study that investigates how conceptual knowledge supports comprehension and learning (i.e., a familiarity effect) and protects against accepting false information (i.e., false information effect) both during learning and during later memory retrieval….

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