Chris Cummins


PPLS, University of Edinburgh

Presentations

The talks and posters that I've presented or been involved with are listed below, and PDF versions of most of them are hosted here. Please get in touch with any questions (c.r.cummins AT gmail.com).


More things that look like implicatures. Invited talk at Panel on Experimental Approaches to Typologies of Meaning, 3rd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA), Bloomington, IN, November 2016. (PDF)

Resuscitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: what makes an effective narrative? (with Ernisa Marzuki, Hannah Rohde, Holly Branigan and Gareth Clegg). Oral presentation at BAAL 2006, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, September 2016.

Modelling the co-development of word learning and perspective taking (with Marieke Woensdregt, Simon Kirby and Kenny Smith). Poster at CogSci 2016, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016.

The pragmatics of cognitive biases: going beyond the bounds. Oral presentation at Rationality, Probability and Pragmatics (RatProPrag2016), ZAS, Berlin, May 2016. (PDF)

Being rational with expressions of number. Invited talk at NYU Semantics Group, New York, May 2016. (PDF)

The cultural co-evolution of language and mindreading (with Marieke Woensdregt, Simon Kirby and Kenny Smith). Oral presentation at EvoLang XI, New Orleans, March 2016.

Fractions, scales and granularity. Oral presentation at LAGB 2015 Annual Meeting, University College London, September 2015. (PDF).

Pragmatic enrichments of modified fractions. Oral presentation at XPrag 2015, University of Chicago, July 2015. (PDF).

When are speech acts recognised?. Invited talk at Workshop on Speech Act Theory, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, June 2015. (PDF)

Modified fractions, granularity and scale structure. Oral presentation at Gradability, Scale Structure and Vagueness: Experimental Perspectives (ExpGrad2015), Madrid, May 2015. (PDF)

Repetition versus implicatures and presuppositions. Oral presentation at 37th Annual Meeting of the DGfS, working group on Exact Repetition in Grammar and Discourse, Leipzig, March 2015. (PDF)

The granularity of fractions. Oral presentation at 37th Annual Meeting of the DGfS, working group on Proportions and Quantities, Leipzig, March 2015. (PDF)

The unicorn does not exist: dealing with unwanted presuppositions. Invited talk at Linguistic Circle, University of Edinburgh, October 2014. (PDF)

At least, numerals and the QUD. Invited talk at Two Days At Least Workshop, Hilversum, September 2014. (PDF)

The role of numerical cognition in signalling Question Under Discussion. Poster at AMLaP XX, University of Edinburgh, September 2014. (PDF)

Training and timing local implicatures (with Emmanuel Chemla and Raj Singh). Poster at AMLaP XX, University of Edinburgh, September 2014. (PDF)

Numerical expressions, implicatures, and imagined prior context. Oral presentation at SemDial 2014 (DialWatt), Heriot-Watt University, September 2014. (PDF)

Effects of priming and grounding on overhearers' choice of referring expressions (with J. P. de Ruiter). Poster at RefNet Workshop, University of Edinburgh, August 2014. (PDF)

Quantity expressions as a cue to context. Invited talk at Symposium on Implicatures and Typicality, Radboud University Nijmegen, June 2014. (PDF)

Getting implicatures wrong. Invited talk at 3rd International Workshop on Miscommunication, Queen Mary University of London, May 2014. (PDF)

Presupposition triggers in Spanish: an experimental approach (with Patrícia Amaral). Poster at 44th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Western University, London, Ontario, May 2014.

The case of the inconsistent implicature. Invited talk at CUNY 2014 Sentence Processing Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, March 2014. (PDF)

Not accommodating what you already know. Invited talk at Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL), University of Manchester, November 2013. (PDF)

On the processing benefits of roundness (with Stephanie Solt and Marijan Palmović). Poster at XPrag 2013, Utrecht.

Reading Hurford disjunctions: processing evidence for embedded implicatures (with Emmanuel Chemla and Raj Singh). Poster at XPrag 2013, Utrecht.

Using possible alternatives in a Bayesian model of dialogue act recognition (with J. P. de Ruiter). Oral presentation at Workshop on Bayesian Natural Language Semantics and Pragmatics (BNLSP 13), ESSLLI 2013, Düsseldorf, August 2013. (PDF)

Priming and QUD versus implicatures. Oral presentation at Workshop on Discourse Coherence, Information Structure and Implicature (CISI), ESSLLI 2013, Düsseldorf, August 2013. (PDF)

How not to trigger a presupposition. Oral presentation at 19th International Congress of Linguists (ICL 19), Geneva, July 2013. (PDF)

Multi-level contextual effects on the scope of negation (with J. P. de Ruiter). Poster at 19th International Congress of Linguists (ICL 19), Geneva, July 2013.

Speaker-referring pragmatics. Invited talk at University of Edinburgh, May 2013. (PDF).

Some (more) things going on in presupposition experiments. Invited talk at Radboud University Nijmegen Semantics and Pragmatics Colloquium, January 2013. (PDF)

The preference for rounding (with Stephanie Solt and Marijan Palmović). Oral presentation at 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston MA, January 2013.

Using embedded quantifiers. Invited talk at Much Ado About Much: The semantics and pragmatics of quantity expressions, Universität Konstanz, Germany, October 2012. (PDF)

AIRBUS: Asymmetric Intention Recognition with Bayesian Updating of Signals (with J. P. de Ruiter). Poster at SemDial 2012 (SeineDial), Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII), September 2012.

A speaker-referring OT pragmatics of quantity expressions. Oral presentation at 7th Constraint Solving and Language Processing Workshop (CSLP), Université d'Orléans, France, September 2012. (PDF)

Backgrounding and accommodation of presuppositions: an experimental approach (with Patrícia Amaral and Napoleon Katsos). Oral presentation at Sinn und Bedeutung 17, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, September 2012. (PDF)

Predicting non-projecting presuppositions. Oral presentation at Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) annual meeting, University of Salford, Manchester, September 2012. (PDF)

Interpreting semantic and pragmatic restrictions on expression usage. Oral presentation at European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP) annual conference, University of London, August 2012. (PDF)

Question or surprise? The neural correlates of linguistic and paralinguistic information (with Brechtje Post, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Iwo Bohr and Francis Nolan). Poster at Human Brain Mapping, Shanghai, June 2012.

A plethora of quantity expressions. Invited talk at University College London, May 2012. (PDF)

Disentangling linguistic and paralinguistic intonational information: an fMRI study (with Brechtje Post, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Iwo Bohr and Francis Nolan). Oral presentation at British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP), Leeds, March 2012.

Is too much information too much trouble? Invited talk at Workshop on Conversational Implictures, Radboud University Nijmegen, January 2012. (PDF)

Can priming account for implicature failure? Invited talk in SFB 673 colloquium series, Universität Bielefeld, October 2011. (PDF)

Are presuppositions accommodated globally by default? (with Richard Breheny, Emmanuel Chemla, Bart Geurts and Napoleon Katsos). Oral presentation at Euro-XPrag workshop, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, October 2011. (PDF)

The preference for approximation (with Stephanie Solt and Marijan Palmović). Oral presentation at Euro-XPrag Workshop, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, September 2011.

Constraints on quantifiers. Oral presentation at ESSLLI 2011, Workshop on the Proper Use of Quantification in Ordinary Language (PUQOL), Ljubljana, August 2011. (PDF)

Experimental evidence on the distinction between foregrounded and backgrounded meaning (with Patrícia Amaral and Napoleon Katsos). Oral presentation at ESSLLI 2011, Workshop on Projective Content, Ljubljana, August 2011. (PDF)

Implicatures and modified numerals (with Uli Sauerland and Stephanie Solt). Oral presentation at XPrag 2011, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona. (PDF)

Backgrounding through presupposition (with Patrícia Amaral). Poster at XPrag 2011, UPF, Barcelona, June 2011.

Categories and gradience in intonation: an fMRI study (with Brechtje Post, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Iwo Bohr and Francis Nolan). Oral presentation at Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia, Tarragona, June 2011.

Implicatures from deficient scales. Oral presentation at Semantics and Pragmatics Cluster Workshop, University of Cambridge, May 2011. (PDF)

Recovering some, if not all, of the speaker's meaning. Invited talk at Universität Bielefeld, Germany, April 2011. (PDF)

The interaction of contextual and linguistic factors in the selection of quantified expressions. Oral presentation at Meaning, Context and Cognition (MCC 2011), University of Lodz, Poland, March 2011. (PDF)

What is the speaker's context when selecting numerically-quantified expressions? (with Napoleon Katsos). Invited talk at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the DGfS, working group What is a context?, Göttingen, February 2011. (PDF)

Modelling the pragmatic effects of approximation. Oral presentation at Vague Quantities and Vague Quantifiers (VQ2), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, December 2010. (PDF)

A constraint-based approach to the meaning and use of quantified expressions (with Uli Sauerland and Stephanie Solt). Oral presentation at Euro-Xprag workshop, Leuven, June 2010. (PDF)

Drawing and cancelling granularity-based inferences. Oral presentation at Looking at Language Acquisition (LALA-XI) meeting, RCEAL, University of Cambridge, May 2010. (PDF)

Using epistemic state in drawing scalar inferences (with Napoleon Katsos). Oral presentation at PsyLingSE meeting, UCL, London, March 2010. (PDF)

Constraints on numerically-quantified expressions. Invited talk, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, December 2009. (PDF)

Pragmatic interpretation and use of numerically-quantified expressions. Invited talk, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, November 2009. (PDF)

Processing costs of strict versus non-strict comparison. University of Cambridge Linguistics PhD seminar, October 2009. (PDF)

The semantics and pragmatics of numerically-quantified expressions. RCEAL Tuesday Colloquium, RCEAL, University of Cambridge, October 2009. (PDF)

Numerically quantified expressions (with Napoleon Katsos). Oral presentation at XPrag 2009, Lyon, April 2009. (PDF)

Scrambled word recognition: Implications for position coding. Poster presentation at AMLaP 2008, Cambridge, September 2008. (PDF)