Experimental pragmatics, uncertainty, and reasoning

This research programme focuses on the pragmatic processes involved in communicating uncertainties, quantities and in logical reasoning.

When some is actually all: Scalar inferences in face-threatening contexts

Accounts of the scalar inference from ‘some X-ed’ to ‘not all X-ed’ are central to the debate between contemporary theories of conversational pragmatics. An important contribution to this debate is to identify contexts that decrease the endorsement …

How to do things with logical expressions: Creating collective value through co-ordinated reasoning

We argue that logical expressions in human language enable speakers to perform particular acts as well as stating propositions which may be true or false. We present a conversational action planning model of co-ordinated reasoning, which we use to …