We explore the nature and processing of pragmatic implicatures.
What lexical, syntactic or contextual factors make the interpretation of a phrase exhaustive?
How do we learn and process scalar implicatures?
The development of the comprehension of indirect speech, metaphors and irony.
Other members of the research group: Balázs Surányi, Mátyás Gerőcs
|The psycholinguistics of abstraction|
We look at the use of abstract, metaphorical expressions in everyday communication. Some questions we ask are
How can we give a scientific definition of the abstract-concrete distinction in natural language?
How do language users interpret this distinction?
What structure can we identify behind everyday metaphorical language use?
In what way does our perception of physical reality interact with our use of language to describe abstract concepts?
How do young children learn abstract concepts and associated language?
Also working on the project: Eszter Simon, István Fekete
|Automatic identification of literal versus non-literal meaning|
The project uses the methods of Corpus Linguistics and Natural Language Processing to explore ways of automatically identifying expressions with non-literal meaning in written text corpora.