Category Archives: Language & linguistics

Semantic intermezzo 1: ‘every’ and ‘only’

In the previous research-related post, I’ve introduced the idea that natural language determiners (these little words or phrases that you can put in front of a noun, like a, the, every, three, most, all but one, several, infinitely many…) can … Continue reading

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The semantics of group nouns, part 1

…in which I try to convince you that groups are atoms, and that semantics is serious business. Also, quantification. Essentially, what I’m interested in (at the moment) is what we mean when we say something like The cricket team laughed … Continue reading

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Coming soon: research updates!

I’ve just been on my first hitchhiking trip in a year – being blessed with a significant other with a car and a natural inclination to laziness (the structural ambiguity in this sentence is intentional), it’s often so much easier … Continue reading

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Hun hebben geen vierhonderd woorden voor sneeuw, of: het veelbewogen leven van een taalkundige

[juni 2012, voor het buurtkrantje van GW Nieuwegein] Het is niet altijd fijn om taalkundige te zijn. Niet alleen is het moeilijk aan je buurman uit te leggen dat zijn zuurverdiende belastingcenten opgaan aan fundamenteel onderzoek naar de formele analyse … Continue reading

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XPRAG 2013

It’s not exactly my field, but it’s still nice to be on the programme committee of the 5th Biennial Conference of Experimental Pragmatics: The 5th biennial Experimental Pragmatics conference will be held from September 4-6, 2013, at Utrecht University, Utrecht, … Continue reading

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A few questions on British English

Are you a native speaker of British English? I need your judgements! Below you find six different sentences; I’m interested in finding out their possible interpretations (some sentences might be interpretable in more than one way, some might not). Leave … Continue reading

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October: Talks at NELS, NYU and Rutgers

I’ll be in the US to present at NELS this month (abstract here), and am very happy that the semantics folks at NYU and Rutgers have given me the opportunity to give a talk about my research at these universities … Continue reading

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