Colloquium Today (11/14) at 3:30PM: Matlock

Join us in the Greenberg Room today at 3:30 PM for a colloquium talk by Teenie Matlock (UC Merced).

Aspect and Metaphor in Framing

Framing plays an important role in everyday communication and reasoning. People constantly frame events, states, and situations with the goal of persuading others to form particular attitudes and take particular actions. This is well known across the social sciences. Still, little is known about the role of linguistic semantics in this process, especially when it comes to subtle shifts in and literal and non-literal meaning. This presentation will review cognitive linguistics research on framing and discuss recent experimental findings on how subtle shifts in aspectual and metaphorical information (e.g., manner of motion in non-literal verbs) can result in different inferences in the interpretation of political messages.

CogLanguage Workshop Talk next Thursday (11/20) at 4PM: Slevc

Join the Cognition & Language Workshop as they welcome Bob Slevc (Maryland), who will give a talk at 4PM in the Greenberg Room. All are welcome!

Language, Music, and Cognitive Control

Our impressive abilities to process complex sound and structure may be most evident in language and music. There is growing evidence that linguistic and musical processing draw on shared cognitive and neural processes, however, it remains unclear exactly what these shared processes are. I will discuss some work investigating structural (syntactic) processing in language and music, and suggest that language/music relations reflect, at least in part, shared reliance on domain general mechanisms of cognitive control.

SMircle Workshop Meeting Monday (11/17) at 3:15PM: Samko

Join the SMircle Workshop in the Greenberg Room Monday, as they welcome Bern Samko (UCSC), who will talk about her work on verb-phrase preposing.

Topicality, focus, and intonation in English verb-phrase preposing

I argue that verb-phrase preposing (VPP) in English involves topicalization, syntactic focus-marking, and, optionally, a particular intonational pattern. The contribution of these elements is compositional, allowing for a unified analysis of discourse functions of VPP that have previously been assumed to be distinct (cf. Ward 1990). In all examples of VPP, the preposing of the VP marks a topic shift in much the same way as DP topicalization with “as for”, and verum focus results from focus-marking of the sentence-final auxiliary. Prosodic marking may contribute an additional scalar interpretation that is also available in intonationally marked canonical-order sentences.