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Psychosemantics Lab

Dedicated to the study of linguistic meaning as a cognitive phenomenon, with particular attention to its connections with grammar, reasoning, and decision-making. Methods include web-based experiments, eye-tracking, and logical and computational models rooted in linguistics, cognitive science, and philosophy. 

Recent student work

[See the PI's website for additional, non-student work]

Qing, Ciyang. 2016. Up to n: Pragmatic Inference about an Optimal Lower Bound. In Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26 (SALT 26).

Crone, Phil. (2016). Asserting Clarity & Managing Awareness. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20.

Qing, Ciyang. 2016. Up to n: Pragmatic Inference about an Optimal Lower Bound. Qualifying paper, Stanford Linguistics.

Qing, Ciyang, Noah Goodman & Daniel Lassiter. (2016). A Rational Speech-Act Model of Projective Content. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016).

Crone, Phil. 2015. Asserting Clarity as Managing Awareness. Qualifying Paper, Stanford Linguistics.

Nadathur, Prerna and Daniel Lassiter. 2015. Unless: An experimental approachProceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19.

Nadathur, Prerna. 2014. Unless, exceptionality, and the pragmatics of conditional statements Qualifying Paper, Stanford Linguistics.


Hansen, Nat

Nat received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010 and has held postdoctoral research fellowships at Umeå University in Sweden and at the Institut Jean-Nicod in Paris. His research concerns the intersection of philosophy of language, linguistics and psychology, with a focus on experimental evidence for semantic and pragmatic theories, the nature of context sensitivity, and the meaning of color terms.

Lassiter, Daniel

Daniel Lassiter is an assistant professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. He directs the Psychosemantics Lab at the Center for the Study of Language and Information. His research focuses on natural language semantics and pragmatics, particularly on connections between language understanding and psychological, computational, and philosophical theories of reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty. He is the author of Measurement and Modality: The Scalar Basis of Modal Semantics, to appear with Oxford University Press.