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Cognitive Semantics and Quantities

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address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙457˙063 €
 EC max contribution 1˙457˙063 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2022-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙457˙063.00


 Project objective

At the heart of the multi-faceted enterprise of formal semantics lies a simple yet powerful conception of meaning based on truth-conditions: one understands a sentence if one knows under which circumstances the sentence is true. This notion has been extremely fruitful resulting in a wealth of practical applications. But to what extent can it also account for the human linguistic behavior? The past decade has seen the increasing interaction between cognitive science and formal semantics, and the emergence of the new field of experimental semantics. One of its main challenges is the traditional normative take on meaning, which makes semantic theories hard to compare with experimental data. The aim of this project is to advance experimental semantics by building cognitive semantics, that is semantics founded on cognitive representations instead of normative logical abstractions.

Numerical information plays a central role in communication. We talk about the number of students in a class, or the proportion of votes for a particular political party. In this project, I will focus on the linguistic expressions of quantities, known as quantifiers. Recent progress in the study of computational constraints on quantifier processing in natural language laid the groundwork for extending semantic theory with cognitive aspects. In parallel, cognitive science has furthered the study of non-linguistic quantity representations. This project will integrate formal models of quantifier semantics with cognitive quantity representations in order to obtain cognitive semantics of quantifiers, which is both logically precise and psychologically plausible. The theory will have significant repercussions, not only in the immediately related disciplines as semantics and psycholinguistics, but also beyond, e.g., in philosophy and in language technology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Shane Steinert-Threlkeld
Paying Attention to Function Words
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Emergent Communication Workshop @ 32nd Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2018) 2019-09-17
2018 Pezzelle, Sandro; Steinert-Threlkeld, Shane; Bernardi, Raffaela; Szymanik, Jakub
Some of Them Can be Guessed! Exploring the Effect of Linguistic Context in Predicting Quantifiers
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2019 Lewis O’Sullivan and Shane Steinert-Threlkeld
Neural Models of the Psychosemantics of “Most”
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Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2019-09-17
2018 Jakub Szymanik and Rineke Verbrugge
Tractability and the computational mind
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2019 van de Pol, Shane Steinert-Threlkeld, and Jakub Szymanik
Complexity and learnability in the explanation of semantic universals
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Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2019-09-17
2019 Ronald de Haan, Jakub Szymanik
Characterizing polynomial Ramsey quantifiers
published pages: 896-908, ISSN: 0960-1295, DOI: 10.1017/s0960129518000397
Mathematical Structures in Computer Science 29/06 2019-09-17
2017 Shane Steinert-Threlkeld
Uniform Definability in Assertability Semantics
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Proceedings of the 21st Amsterdam Colloquium, 2017. 2019-09-17
2019 Fausto Carcassi, Shane Steinert-Threlkeld, and Jakub Szymanik
The emergence of monotone quantifiers via iterated learning
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Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2019) 2019-09-17
2018 Iris van de Pol, Iris van Rooij, and Jakub Szymanik
Parameterized complexity of theory of mind reasoning in dynamic epistemic logic
published pages: , ISSN: 0925-8531, DOI:
Journal of Logic, Language, and Information 2019-06-13
2018 Jonathan Sippel and Jakub Szymanik
Monotonicity and the Complexity of Reasoning with Quantifiers
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Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2019-06-13
2017 Natalia Talmina, Arnold Kochari, and Jakub Szymanik
Quantifiers and verification strategies: connecting the dots
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Proceedings of the 21st Amsterdam Colloquium 2019-06-13
2017 Jakub Szymanik and Camilo Thorne
Semantic complexity influences quantifier distribution in corpora
published pages: , ISSN: 0388-0001, DOI:
Language Sciences 2019-06-13
2018 Bonan Zhao, Iris van de Pol, Maartje Raijmakers, Jakub Szymanik
Predicting Cognitive Difficulty of the Deductive Mastermind Game with Dynamic Epistemic Logic Models
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Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2019-06-13

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