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17th Annual SemFest

March 11, 2016 -
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)

The yearly Sem(antics)Fest is intended to promote discussion and collaboration among all those in the Stanford community interested in the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, as well as their interface with other modules of grammar.  It includes contributions from participants in Linguistics Department semantics or pragmatics events or members of the Stanford University community who share these interests.  


Chair: James Collins

1:30 – 2:00 Sara Kessler, "At Most Readings for Bare Numerals under Necessity Modality"

2:00 – 2:30 Prerna Nadathur and Sven Lauer, "Don't Panic: The Inverse Reading of most Conditionals"

2:30 BREAK

Chair: Ciyang Qing

2:45 – 3:15 Benjamin Peloquin and Michael C. Frank, "Determining the Alternatives for Scalar Implicature"

3:15 – 3:45 Milena Rabovsky, Steven S. Hansen and James L. McClelland, "N400 Amplitudes Reflect Change in a Probabilistic Representation of Meaning: Evidence from a Connectionist Model"

3:45 BREAK

Chair: Lelia Glass

4:00 – 4:30 Rebekah Baglini, "Quotative Ideophones and Demonstrations"

4:30 – 5:00 Phil Crone, "The Informativity of Being Uninformative"

5:00 Social in the Department Lounge