Emergence and Development of Negation

How does negation develop in human thought and language? In this project we look at children's productions of negative morphemes like "no", "not", and "n't" as well as their comprehension at different stages of their development.

Representations of Quantifier Meanings

What are the meanings of words like "some", "many", "few", "all", "most", ...? How do languages encode such quantificational meanings? How does the human mind represent them? And how do children learn such abstract meanings?

Variations in the Interpretation of Logical Connectives

Different languages have different inventories of words and constructions that correspond to logical concepts such as negation, conjunction, and disjunction. How do languages differ in encoding these concepts and how much do they differ in the range of interpretations they give rise to?

Definiteness and Specificity

What do words like "the" and "a" mean? How do other languages express similar concepts?

Open Linguistics

Judgments of acceptability or grammaticality provided by trained linguists constitute a major and invaluable source of data for theoretical syntax and semantics. However, the informal methods used for collecting and reporting such judgments have received considerable criticism. Open linguistics is an online platform that enables linguists to record examples and informal judgments online, share them with other linguists, search for examples, and cite them in papers.

Teaching Scientific Thinking with Argument Maps

This project explores the concepts of critical thinking, scientific thinking, and the role of argument mapping as a tool that can improve scientific and critical thinking among students and researchers. Ultimately our focus is on the role of language in introducing error to our thought processes and ways to address this issue.