Christopher Potts
CURRICULUM VITAE

October 22, 2014

Full name:Christopher Gerard Potts
Employment:Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Address:Department of Linguistics
Margaret Jacks Hall, Bldg 460
Stanford University
Stanford   CA   94305-2150
E-mail:
Website:http://web.stanford.edu/~cgpotts/
Education:PhD, UC Santa Cruz, June 2003
MA, UCSC: Fall 2000
BA, summa cum laude, New York University (1995-1999)
Linguistics Major, German Minor

Professional experience

Research

Specialization

formal and computational semantics and pragmatics

Recent research topics

conventional implicatures; conversational implicatures; sentiment analysis and expressive content; indexicality; dialogue systems

Grants

  1. Principal Investigator, Grounded Language Understanding as Social Cognition. Office of Naval Research. January 1, 2013–December 31, 2015. Co-PIs Michael C. Frank and Noah D. Goodman. US$494,731.
  2. Principal Investigator, Bringing Sentiment Analysis and Social Network Analysis Together. National Science Foundation Grant No. IIS-1159679, June 1, 2012–May 31, 2015. Co-PIs Dan Jurafsky, Jure Leskovec, and Dan McFarland. US$1,006,337.
  3. Principal Investigator, Pragmatic Enrichment and Contextual Inference. Office of Naval Research Grant No. N00014-10-1-0109, December 1, 2009–November 30, 2013. US$461,671.
  4. Co-PI, SUBTLE: Situation Understanding Bot Through Language and Environment. Army Research Office Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, June 1, 2007–August 31, 2013. Mitchell Marcus, Norman Badler, Aravind Joshi, George Pappas, Fernando Pereira, and Maribel Romero (all UPenn); Andrew McCallum (UMass Amherst); Christopher Potts (Stanford); and Holly Yanco (UMass Lowell). US$1,074,997.
  5. Co-Principal Investigator. Context Dependence in Language and Communication. Stanford Humanities Center, September 2011–June 2012. Michael C. Frank, Krista Lawlor, and Christopher Potts.
  6. Principal Investigator, Expressive Content and the Semantics of Contexts. National Science Foundation Grant No. BCS-0642752, July 1, 2007–August 31, 2011. US$217,938.
  7. Co-PI, Data-Rich Humanities Research. UMass Amherst Visioning Grant, June 2008–July 2008. John Kingston (Linguistics), Rajesh Bhatt (Linguistics), Stephen Harris (English), Julie Hayes (Languages, Literature and Cultures), Christopher Potts (Linguistics), and Rex Wallace (Classics). US$18,500.
  8. Consultant, Cross-Linguistic Pragmatics. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2007–2010. PIs Lisa Matthewson and Hotze Rullmann.
  9. Consultant, Linguistic Applications of Linear Logic. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. PIs Ash Asudeh and Ida Toivonen.

Book

  1. Potts, Christopher. 2005. The Logic of Conventional Implicatures. Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics. Oxford University Press.

Refereed publications

  1. Liang, Percy and Christopher Potts. 2015. Bringing machine learning and compositional semantics together. Annual Review of Linguistics 1(1): 1–22.
  2. West, Robert; Hristo S. Paskov; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2014. Exploiting social network structure for person-to-person sentiment analysis. Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2(2).
  3. Sudhof, Moritz; Andrés Gómez Emilsson; Andrew L. Maas; and Christopher Potts. 2014. Sentiment expression conditioned by affective transitions and social forces. In Proceedings of 20th Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 1136–1145. New York.
  4. Acton, Eric K. and Christopher Potts. 2013. That straight talk: Sarah Palin and the sociolinguistics of demonstratives. To appear in Journal of Sociolinguistics.
  5. Socher, Richard; Alex Perelygin; Jean Wu; Jason Chuang; Christopher D. Manning, Andrew Y. Ng; and Christopher Potts. 2013. Recursive deep models for semantic compositionality over a sentiment treebank. In Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, 1631-1642. Seattle, WA: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  6. Vogel, Adam; Dan Jurafsky; and Christopher Potts. 2013. Implicatures and nested beliefs in approximate decentralized-POMDPs. Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 74–80. Sofia, Bulgaria: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  7. Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cristian; Moritz Sudhof; Dan Jurafsky; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2013. A computational approach to politeness with application to social factors. Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 250–259. Sofia, Bulgaria: Association for Computational Linguistics. [best paper nomination]
  8. Vogel, Adam; Max Bodoia; Dan Jurafsky; and Christopher Potts. 2013. Emergence of Gricean maxims from multi-agent decision theory. Human Language Technologies: The 2013 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 1072–1081. Atlanta, GA: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  9. Recasens, Marta; Marie-Catherine de Marneffe; and Christopher Potts. 2013. The life and death of discourse entities: identifying singleton mentions. In Human Language Technologies: The 2013 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 627–633. Atlanta, GA: Association for Computational Linguistics. [best short paper award]
  10. Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cristian; Robert West; Dan Jurafsky; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2013. No country for old members: user lifecycle and linguistic change in online communities. Proceedings of the 22nd World Wide Web Conference, 307–317. Rio de Janeiro: ACM. [best paper award]
  11. de Marneffe, Marie-Catherine; Christopher D. Manning; and Christopher Potts. 2012. Did it happen? The pragmatic complexity of veridicality assessment. Computational Linguistics 38(2): 301-333.
  12. Overgoor, Jan; Ellery Wulczyn; and Christopher Potts. 2012. Trust propagation with mixed-effects models. Proceedings of the 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. Dublin, Ireland: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
  13. Djalali, Alex; Sven Lauer; and Christopher Potts. 2012. Corpus evidence for preference-driven interpretation. In Maria Aloni, Vadim Kimmelman, Floris Roelofsen, Galit Weidman Sassoon, Katrin Schulz, and Matthijs Westera, eds., Proceedings of the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium: Revised Selected Papers. Berlin: Springer.
  14. Djalali, Alex; David Clausen; Sven Lauer; Karl Schultz; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Modeling expert effects and common ground using Questions Under Discussion. Proceedings of the AAAI Workshop on Building Representations of Common Ground with Intelligent Agents. Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
  15. de Marneffe, Marie-Catherine; Christopher D. Manning; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Veridicality and utterance meaning. Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing: Workshop on Semantic Annotation for Computational Linguistic Resources, 430–437. Stanford, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press.
  16. Maas, Andrew L.; Raymond E. Daly; Peter T. Pham; Dan Huang; Andrew Y. Ng; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Learning word vectors for sentiment analysis. Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Portland, OR: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  17. Miller, Mahalia; Conal Sathi; Daniel Wiesenthal; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Sentiment flow through hyperlink networks. Proceedings of the 5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. Barcelona: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
  18. de Marneffe, Marie-Catherine; Christopher D. Manning; and Christopher Potts. 2010. ''Was it good? It was provocative.'' Learning the meaning of scalar adjectives. In Proceedings 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 167-176. Uppsala, Sweden: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  19. Harris, Jesse A. and Christopher Potts. 2009. Perspective-shifting with appositives and expressives. Linguistics and Philosophy 32(6):523–552.
  20. Potts, Christopher and Florian Schwarz. 2010. Affective 'this'. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology 3(5):1–30.
  21. Potts, Christopher; Joe Pater; Karen Jesney; Rajesh Bhatt; and Michael Becker. 2010. Harmonic Grammar with Linear Programming: From linear systems to linguistic typology. Phonology 27(1):1–41.
  22. Potts, Christopher; Luis Alonso-Ovalle; Ash Asudeh; Rajesh Bhatt Seth Cable; Christopher Davis; Yurie Hara; Angelika Kratzer; Eric McCready; Tom Roeper; and Martin Walkow. 2008. Expressives and identity conditions. Linguistic Inquiry 40(2):356–366.
  23. Potts, Christopher. 2008. Review Article: Hagit Borer's Structuring Sense, Vol I-II. Language 82(2):348–369.
  24. Potts, Christopher. 2008. The pragmatics of conventional implicature and expressive content. To appear in Claudia Maienborn and Paul Portner, eds., Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  25. Potts, Christopher. 2007. The expressive dimension. Theoretical Linguistics 33(2):165–197.
  26. Potts, Christopher. 2007. The centrality of expressive indices: Reply to the commentaries. Theoretical Linguistics 33(2):255–268.
  27. Potts, Christopher. 2007. Into the conventional-implicature dimension. Philosophy Compass 4(2):665–679.
  28. Potts, Christopher. 2007. The dimensions of quotation. In Chris Barker and Pauline Jacobson, eds., Direct Compositionality, 405–431. Oxford University Press.
  29. Potts, Christopher. 2007. Conventional implicatures, a distinguished class of meanings. In Gillian Ramchand and Charles Reiss, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces, 475–501. Oxford University Press.
  30. Potts, Christopher. 2006. How far can pragmatic mechanisms take us? Theoretical Linguistics 32(3):307–320.
  31. Potts, Christopher and Tom Roeper. 2006. The narrowing acquisition path: From expressive small clauses to declaratives. In Ljiljana Progovac, Kate Paesani, Eugenia Casielles, Ellen Barton, eds., The Syntax of Nonsententials: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, 183–201. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  32. Potts, Christopher. 2006. Review of Siobhan Chapman, Paul Grice: Philosopher and Linguist. Mind 115:743–747.
  33. Potts, Christopher. 2006. Conversational implicatures via general pragmatic pressures. In Takashi Washio, Akito Sakurai, Katsuto Nakajima, Hideaki Takeda, Satoshi Tojo, and Makoto Yokoo, eds., Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence 2006, 205–218. Berlin: Springer.
  34. Potts, Christopher and Geoffrey K. Pullum. 2002. Model theory and the content of OT constraints. Phonology 19(3):361–393.
  35. Potts, Christopher. 2002. The syntax and semantics of As-parentheticals. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 20(3):623–689.
  36. Potts, Christopher. 2002. The lexical semantics of parenthetical-as and appositive-which. Syntax 5(1):55–88.
  37. Potts, Christopher. 2000. (Only) some weak crossover effects repaired. Snippets 1:3.

Other publications

  1. Vogel, Adam; Andrés Gómez Emilsson; Michael C. Frank; Dan Jurafsky; and Christopher Potts. 2014. Learning to reason pragmatically with cognitive limitations. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 3055–3060. Quebec City: Cognitive Science Society.
  2. de Marneffe, Marie-Catherine and Christopher Potts. 2014. Developing linguistic theories using annotated corpora. To appear in Nancy Ide and James Pustejovsky, eds., The Handbook of Linguistic Annotation. Berlin: Springer.
  3. Potts, Christopher. 2013. Presupposition and implicature. To appear in Shalom Lappin and Chris Fox, eds., The Handbook of oContemporary Semantic Theory, 2nd edn. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  4. Potts, Christopher. 2012. Goal-driven answers in the Cards dialogue corpus. In Nathan Arnett and Ryan Bennett, eds., Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 1–20. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  5. Potts, Christopher. 2011. Pragmatics. To appear in Ruslan Mitkov, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press.
  6. Potts, Christopher. 2011. On the negativity of negation. In Nan Li and David Lutz, eds., Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 20, 636–659. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications.
  7. Potts, Christopher. 2011. Teaching pragmatics. In Koenraad Kuiper, ed., Teaching Linguistics, 51–65. London: Equinox Publishing.
  8. Munro; Robert; Steven Bethard; Victor Kuperman; Vicky Tzuyin Lai; Robin Melnick; Christopher Potts; Tyler Schnoebelen; and Harry Tily. 2010. Crowdsourcing and language studies: The new generation of linguistic data. In Proceedings of the NAACL 2010 Workshop on Creating Speech and Language Data With Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, 122–130. Los Angeles: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  9. Davis, Christopher and Christopher Potts. 2010. Affective demonstratives and the division of pragmatic labor. In Maria Aloni, Harald Bastiaanse, Tikitu de Jager, and Katrin Schulz, eds., Logic, Language, and Meaning: 17th Amsterdam Colloquium Revised Selected Papers, 42–52. Berlin: Springer.
  10. Potts, Christopher. 2009. Formal pragmatics. In Louise Cummings, ed., The Routledge Encyclopedia of Pragmatics, 167–170. London: Routledge.
  11. Potts, Christopher. 2010. Semantics–pragmatics interactions. In Patrick Colm Hogan, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, 758-759. Cambridge University Press.
  12. de Marneffe, Marie-Catherine; Scott Grimm; and Christopher Potts. 2009. Not a simple yes or no: Uncertainty in indirect answers. Proceedings of the 10th Annual SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue, 136–143. Queen Mary University of London: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  13. Harris, Jesse A. and Christopher Potts. 2009. Predicting perspectival orientation for appositives. In Ryan Bochnak, Nassira Nicola, Peet Klecha, Jasmin Urban, Alice Lemieux, and Christina Weaver, eds., Proceedings of the 45th Annual Chicago Linguistic Society Meeting: The Main Session, 207–221. Chicago Linguistic Society.
  14. Davis, Christopher; Christopher Potts; and Margaret Speas. 2007. The pragmatic values of evidential sentences. In Masayuki Gibson and Tova Friedman, eds., Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 17, 71–88. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications.
  15. Potts, Christopher. 2005. Lexicalized intonational meaning. In Shigeto Kawahara, ed., University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers 30 (UMOP 30), 129–146. Amherst, MA: GLSA.
  16. Potts, Christopher and Shigeto Kawahara. 2004. Japanese honorifics as emotive definite descriptions. In Kazuha Watanabe and Robert B. Young, eds., Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 14, 235–254. CLC Publications: Ithaca, NY.
  17. Potts, Christopher. 2003. Expressive content as conventional implicature. In Makoto Kadowaki and Shigeto Kawahara (eds.), Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society 33, 303–322. Amherst, MA: GLSA.
  18. Mikkelsen, Line and Christopher Potts, eds. 2002. Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 21. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  19. Potts, Christopher. 2002. NELS 33 conference report. Glot International.
  20. Potts, Christopher. 2002. WCCFL 21 conference report. Glot International 5:5.
  21. Potts, Christopher. 2001. No vacuous quantification constraints in syntax. Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society 32, 451–470. Amherst, MA: GLSA.
  22. Potts, Christopher. 2001. Three types of transderivational constraint. In Séamas Mac Bhloscaidh (ed.), Syntax at Santa Cruz, Volume 3, 21–40. Linguistics Department, UC Santa Cruz.
  23. Potts, Christopher. 2000. When even no's neg is splitsville. Jorge Hankamer's Web Fest:
    http://ling.ucsc.edu//Jorge/index.html.

Dissertation

Manuscripts and technical reports

  1. Potts, Christopher and Florian Schwarz. 2008. Exclamatives and heightened emotion: Extracting pragmatic generalizations from large corpora. Ms, UMass Amherst.
  2. Potts, Christopher. 2008. Interpretive Economy, Schelling Points, and evolutionary stability. Ms, UMass Amherst.
  3. Potts, Christopher. 2008. Pragmatic enrichment via expressive content. Ms, UMass Amherst.
  4. Pater, Joe and Rajesh Bhatt, and Christopher Potts. 2007. Linguistic optimization. Ms., UMass Amherst.

Conference presentations

  1. West, Robert; Hristo S. Paskov; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2014. Exploiting social network structure for person-to-person sentiment analysis. The Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Doha, Qatar, October 25-29.
  2. Sudhof, Moritz; Andrés Gómez Emilsson; Andrew L. Maas; and Christopher Potts. 2014. Sentiment expression conditioned by affective transitions and social forces. 20th Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, New York, New York, August 24-27.
  3. Vogel, Adam; Andrés Gómez Emilsson; Michael C. Frank; Dan Jurafsky; and Christopher Potts. 2014. Learning to reason pragmatically with cognitive limitations. 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Quebec City, July 23-26.
  4. Socher, Richard; Alex Perelygin; Jean Wu; Jason Chuang; Christopher D. Manning, Andrew Y. Ng; and Christopher Potts. 2013. Recursive deep models for semantic compositionality over a sentiment treebank. The Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. Seattle, WA, October 18-21.
  5. Vogel, Adam; Dan Jurafsky; and Christopher Potts. 2013. Implicatures and nested beliefs in approximate decentralized-POMDPs. Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9.
  6. Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cristian; Moritz Sudhof; Dan Jurafsky; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2013. A computational approach to politeness with application to social factors. Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9.
  7. Vogel, Adam; Max Bodoia; Dan Jurafsky; and Christopher Potts. 2013. Emergence of Gricean maxims from multi-agent decision theory. Human Language Technologies: The 2013 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Atlanta, GA, June 10-12.
  8. Recasens, Marta; Marie-Catherine de Marneffe; and Christopher Potts. 2013. The life and death of discourse entities: identifying singleton mentions. Human Language Technologies: The 2013 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Atlanta, GA, June 10-12.
  9. Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cristian; Robert West; Dan Jurafsky; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2013. No country for old members: user lifecycle and linguistic change in online communities. The 22nd World Wide Web Conference, Rio de Janeiro, May 13-17.
  10. Overgoor, Jan; Ellery Wulczyn; and Christopher Potts. 2012. Trust propagation with mixed-effects models. 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. Dublin, Ireland, June 4-7.
  11. Djalali, Alex; Sven Lauer; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Corpus evidence for preference-driven interpretation. 18th Amsterdam Colloquium. University of Amsterdam, December 18-21.
  12. Djalali, Alex; David Clausen; Sven Lauer; Karl Schultz; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Modeling expert effects and common ground using Questions Under Discussion. AAAI Workshop on Building Representations of Common Ground with Intelligent Agents. Washington, DC, November 4-6.
  13. Acton, Eric and Christopher Potts. 2011. ''That straight talk'': demonstratives, solidarity, and Sarah Palin. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40. Georgetown University, October 27-30.
  14. de Marneffe, Marie-Catherine; Christopher D. Manning; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Veridicality and utterance meaning. Fifth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing: Workshop on Semantic Annotation for Computational Linguistic Resources, Stanford, CA, Sep 18-21.
  15. Clausen, David and Christopher Potts. 2011. Collecting task-oriented dialogues. Workshop on Crowdsourcing Technologies for Language and Cognition Studies. Boulder, CO, July 27.
  16. Maas, Andrew L.; Raymond E. Daly; Peter T. Pham; Dan Huang; Andrew Y. Ng; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Learning word vectors for sentiment analysis. 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Portland, OR, June 19-24.
  17. Miller, Mahalia; Conal Sathi; Daniel Wiesenthal; Jure Leskovec; and Christopher Potts. 2011. Sentiment flow through hyperlink networks. 5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. Barcelona, June 17-21.
  18. de Marneffe, Marie-Catherine; Christopher D. Manning; and Christopher Potts. 2010. Was it good? It was provocative. Learning the meaning of scalar adjectives. 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Uppsala, Sweden, July 11-16.
  19. Munro; Robert; Steven Bethard; Victor Kuperman; Vicky Tzuyin Lai; Robin Melnick; Christopher Potts; Tyler Schnoebelen; and Harry Tily. 2010. Crowdsourcing and language studies: The new generation of linguistic data. NAACL 2010 Workshop on Creating Speech and Language Data With Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Los Angeles, June 6.
  20. de Marneffe; Marie-Catherine; Scott Grimm; and Christopher Potts. 2009. Not a simple yes or no: Uncertainty in indirect answers. 10th Annual SIGDIAL Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue. Queen Mary University of London. September 11-12.
  21. Davis, Christopher; Christopher Potts; and Peggy Speas. 2007. Evidential marking, interrogatives, and the maxim of quality. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 17. UConn, May 11-13.
  22. Pater, Joe; Christopher Potts; Tim Beechey; and Rajesh Bhatt. 2006. Constraint weighting as linear programming. MathPhon I. Université d'Orléans, France, August 21-September 3.
  23. Potts, Christopher and Thomas Roeper. 2005. The narrowing acquisition path: From expressive small clauses to declaratives. Workshop on the (In)-Determinacy of Meaning. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, February 25, 2005.
  24. Potts, Christopher and Shigeto Kawahara. 2004. The performative nature of Japanese honorifics. Paper presented at Semantics and Linguistic Theory 14. Northwestern University, May 16.
  25. Isaacs, James and Christopher Potts. 2003. Hidden imperatives. Poster presented at the North East Linguistic Society 34. Stony Brook University, November 7–9.
  26. Potts, Christopher and Geoffrey K. Pullum. 2003. Model theory and output–output correspondence. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Atlanta, GA, January 5–9.
  27. Potts, Christopher. 2002. Expressive content as conventional implicature. North East Linguistic Society 33. MIT, November 8–10.
  28. Potts, Christopher. 2001. No vacuous quantification constraints in syntax. North East Linguistic Society 32. New York University and the City University of New York, October 19–21.
  29. Potts, Christopher. 2001. The lexical semantics of parenthetical-as and appositive-which. The 37th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society. University of Chicago, April 18–21.
  30. Potts, Christopher. 2001. A bit of the syntax and much of the semantics of As-parentheticals. West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 20. University of Southern California, February 23–25.
  31. Potts, Christopher. 2000. Parenthetical-As and propositionality. Linguistics at Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz, December.

Invited talks

  1. 2014. Characterizing expressive and social meaning with large corpora. The 14th CUNY Sentence Processing Conference. March 13-15.
  2. 2013. Conversational implicatures: interacting with grammar. Michigan Philosophy–Linguistics Workshop, November 22-24.
  3. 2013. Conversational implicatures: interacting with grammar. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Linguistics, Oct 28.
  4. 2013. Conversational implicatures: interacting with grammar. UC Berkeley Meaning Sciences Club, October 1.
  5. 2013. Preferences and pragmatic enrichment in multi-agent decision theory. West Point, September 9.
  6. 2013. Preferences and pragmatic enrichment in multi-agent decision theory. Army Research Office, September 5.
  7. 2013. Conversational implicatures: interacting with grammar. UCLA Linguistics colloquium, May 17.
  8. 2013. Preferences and pragmatic enrichment in the Cards dialogue corpus. Princeton Linguistics, May 2.
  9. 2013. Conversational implicature, action, and interaction. Workshop on Actionability, UC Berkeley, April 20.
  10. 2013. Expressives and the limits of compositionality. APA Pacific Division, Symposium on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Pejoratives, San Francisco, March 28.
  11. 2013. Cravin' that straight talk: the latent affective meaning of demonstratives. [Eric Acton and Christopher Potts]. Workshop on Computational Social Sciences, Stanford, January 11.
  12. 2012. The latent affective meaning of demonstratives. [Eric Acton and Christopher Potts]. Workshop on Indexicality, Expressives, and Self-Reference, NASSLLI, Austin, TX, June 22.
  13. 2012. Attribution and discourse representation. Penn Discourse Treebank Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, April 30.
  14. 2012. Relevance and pragmatic enrichment in a task-oriented dialogue corpus. West-Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 30, UC Santa Cruz, April 13-15.
  15. 2012. Exploring question-driven models of discourse using a task-oriented dialogue corpus. NYU Linguistics, March 23.
  16. 2011. Veridicality and (parenthetical) attitude predications. Workshop on Modification (With and Without Modifiers), Madrid, December 15-16.
  17. 2011. Practical Sentiment Analysis. Sentiment Analysis Symposium, San Francisco, November 8.
  18. 2011. Exploring question-driven models of discourse using a task-oriented dialogue corpus. University of Rochester Center for Language Sciences, October 13.
  19. 2011. Towards inter-personal, context-dependent sentiment analysis. eBay Research. September 19.
  20. 2011. The emergent expressivity of functional morphemes. Workshop on Expressives and Affective Prosody, University of Salford, Sep 12-14.
  21. 2011. Synthetic logic characterizations of meanings extracted from large corpora. [Alex Djalali and Christopher Potts]. NSF Workshop on Semantics for Textual Inference. Boulder, CO, July 9-10.
  22. 2011. Synthetic logic characterizations of meanings extracted from large corpora. [Alex Djalali and Christopher Potts]. Workshop on Natural Logic, Proof Theory, and Computational Semantics. Stanford, CA, April 8-9.
  23. 2011. On the negativity of negation. Michigan State University, March 17.
  24. 2011. On the negativity of negation. University of Alberta, March 11.
  25. 2010. On the negativity of negation. UC San Diego, October 11.
  26. 2010. Emergent expressivity. Semantic and Linguistic Theory 20, University of Vancouver, April 29–May 1.
  27. 2010. Affective demonstratives. UC Berkeley, February 22.
  28. 2010. Uncertainty in indirect answers. UT Austin, February 8.
  29. 2009. Affective demonstratives and the division of pragmatic labor. 17th Amsterdam Colloquium, December 16-18.
  30. 2009. Aligning linguistic alternatives and questions under discussion. Penn Workshop on Situated Understanding of Language, July 23–24.
  31. 2009. The language of sentiment expression, emotionality, and group cohesion. Workshop on Unified Theories of Language and Cognition, July 8.
  32. 2009. Predicting perspectival orientation for appositives. 45th Annual Chicago Linguistic Society Meeting, April 16–18.
  33. 2009. Perspective-shifting with appositives and expressives. [Jesse A. Harris and Christopher Potts]. Workshop on Projective Meanings, The Ohio State University, April 2–3.
  34. 2009. Exclamatives and heightened emotion: Extracting pragmatic generalizations from large corpora. [Christopher Potts and Florian Schwarz]. Computational Linguistics: Implementation of Analyses Against Data, LSA Annual Meeting, January 8-11.
  35. 2008. Indirect answers and cooperation: On Asher and Lascarides's 'Making the right commitments in dialogue'. Commentary paper for the University of Michigan Linguistics and Philosophy Workshop on Implicatures, Nov 21-23.
  36. 2008. Expressives in the wild: Extracting pragmatic generalizations from large corpora. [Christopher Potts and Florian Schwarz]. UCSC Alumni Conference, September 12.
  37. 2008. Pragmatic enrichment via expressive content. Stanford, May 23.
  38. 2008. Interpretive Economy, Schelling Points, and evolutionary stability. Stanford Pragmatics Group, May 23.
  39. 2008. The coin of the expressive realm. Arizona Linguistics and Anthropology Symposium, The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, May 9–11.
  40. 2008. The pragmatics of expressive content. Cornell Workshop on Philosophy of Language, April 26.
  41. 2008. The dynamics of apposition. Chris Barker's NYU Linguistics seminar on dynamics, February 25.
  42. 2007. The generality of pragmatic inference: Message enrichment in multi-agent interactions. U.S. Navy Research Laboratory, December 10.
  43. 2007. Interrogatives: Interpretation and resolution. Alumnus plenary speaker, SUNY-CUNY-NYU 9th Annual Mini-Conference, December 1.
  44. 2007. The compositional independence of expressives. Fifth Barcelona Workshop on Issues in the Theory of Reference, June 5–8.
  45. 2007. Expressive content and semantic theory. University of Chicago Graduate Workshop in Semantics and Philosophy, April 6.
  46. 2007. An introduction to expressive content. Swarthmore, March 30.
  47. 2007. Pragmatic dimensions: Quality and expressivity. Penn Linguistics, March 29, and University of Chicago, April 5.
  48. 2007. Harmonic Grammar as Linear Programming. Chicago Language Modeling Lab, April 5.
  49. 2007. Harmonic Grammar as Linear Programming. Penn Phonetics Lab, March 29.
  50. 2006. Harmonic Grammar as Linear Programming. UMass Amherst Colloquium, September 22.
  51. 2006. Pragmatic dimensions. Harvard, September 29.
  52. 2006. Pragmatic intrusion of forward-looking utterance modifiers. Adverbes de Phrase Workshop, Université Paris 7, September 15.
  53. 2006. Performatives in the expressive dimension. Groupe Dialogue, GDR Sémantique et Modélisation, Paris, September 14.
  54. 2006. A system of pragmatic pressures. Language for Intelligent Machines Workshop, West Point, July 19–21.
  55. 2006. Conversational implicatures via general pragmatic pressures. Logic Engineering and Natural Language Semantics 2006, Tokyo, Japan, June 5.
  56. 2006. Integrated pragmatic values. Linguistics, Brown, March 6.
  57. 2006. Integrated pragmatic values. Linguistics, The Ohio State University, February 24.
  58. 2005. Integrated pragmatic values. Linguistics, UCLA, December 1.
  59. 2005. Integrated pragmatic values. Linguistics, Yale University, November 7.
  60. 2005. Integrated pragmatic values. Linguistics, Georg-August University Göttingen, September 22.
  61. 2005. Integrated pragmatic values. Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, September 21.
  62. 2005. The expressive dimension. Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, September 23, and Tohoku University, Sendai, June 2.
  63. 2005. Pragmatics from many perspectives. The Harvard Artificial Intelligence Reading Group, April 7.
  64. 2005. Lexicalized intonational meaning. Linguistics at Santa Cruz, March 5, 2005.
  65. 2005. Lexicalized intonational meaning. Workshop on the (In)-Determinacy of Meaning, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, February 23, 2005.
  66. 2004. The dimensions of quotation. The Harvard Workshop on Indexicality, November 20.
  67. 2004. The multidimensionality of expressive content. Rutgers University, November 5.
  68. 2004. Lexicalized intonational meaning. University of Maryland, October 1.
  69. 2004. Honorifics: Interpreted and interpretable. [Ash Asudeh and Christopher Potts]. The Phi Workshop, McGill University, August 29.
  70. 2003. The performative nature of expressive content. University of Rochester, November 18.
  71. 2003. The performative nature of expressive content. The Ling Lunch, University of Connecticut, November 17.
  72. 2003. Keeping world and will apart: A discourse-based semantics for imperatives. New York University Syntax/Semantics Lecture Series, October 17.
  73. 2003. A layered semantics for utterance modifiers. The Workshop on Direct Compositionality, Brown University, June 21.
  74. 2003. Conventional implicatures, a distinguished class of meanings. USC, February 13.
  75. 2003. Conventional implicatures, a distinguished class of meanings. UMass Amherst, February 10.
  76. 2002. A new factual basis for conventional implicatures. The Ling Lunch, University of Connecticut, October 29.
  77. 2002. Model theory and output–output correspondence. [Christopher Potts and Geoffrey K. Pullum]. The Phonology Workshop, Stanford University, October 17.
  78. 2002. Comparative economy conditions in natural language syntax. The North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information 1, Workshop on Model-Theoretic Syntax, Stanford University, June 28.
  79. 2002. A description language for economy conditions. The Syntax Workshop, Stanford University, January 29.

Fellowships, nominations, awards, and honors

Teaching

  1. CS 224U / Linguist 188/288: Natural language understanding (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Spring 2015; with Bill MacCartney)
  2. Linguist 236: Reasoning with quantifiers (graduate, Stanford, Spring 2015; with Dan Lassiter)
  3. Linguist 130a/230a: Introduction to semantics and pragmatics (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Winter 2015)
  4. CS 224U / Linguist 188/288: Natural language understanding (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Spring 2014; with Bill MacCartney)
  5. Linguist 130a/230a: Introduction to semantics and pragmatics (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Winter 2014)
  6. Linguist 278: Programming for Linguists (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2013)
  7. Linguist 230d: Semantics and Pragmatics Group (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014; with Dan Lassiter and Beth Levin)
  8. Linguist 236 / Psychology 236c: Representations of meaning (graduate, Stanford, Spring 2013; with Noah D. Goodman)
  9. Linguist 130a/230a: Introduction to semantics and pragmatics (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Winter 2013)
  10. CS 224U / Linguist 188/288: Natural language understanding (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Winter 2013; with Bill MacCartney)
  11. Linguist 395: Research workshop (graduate, Stanford, Spring 2013)
  12. Linguist 230d: Semantics and Pragmatics Group (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013; with Beth Levin)
  13. Extracting social meaning and sentiment. North American Summer Schoool in Logic, Language, and Information, UT Austin, June.
  14. Linguist 230b: Advanced semantics and pragmatics (graduate, Stanford, Spring 2012)
  15. Linguist 236 / Psychology 236c: Context dependence in language and communication (graduate, Stanford, Spring 2012; with Mike Frank)
  16. CS 224u/Linguist 188/Linguist 288: Natural Language Understanding (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Winter 2012; with Bill MacCartney)
  17. Linguist 130a/230a: Introduction to semantics and pragmatics (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Winter 2012)
  18. Ling 7800-007: Computational Pragmatics (LSA Summer Institute, University of Colorado, July 2011).
  19. Linguist 130a: Introduction to linguistic meaning (undergraduate, Stanford, Winter 2011)
  20. Linguist 230a: Introduction to semantics and pragmatics (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2010)
  21. Linguist 287 / CS 424p: Extracting social meaning and sentiment (undergraduate and graduate, Stanford, Fall 2009; with Dan Jurafsky)
  22. Linguist 239: Semantics Research Seminar (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2010–Winter 2011; with Beth Levin)
  23. Linguist 130a: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning (undergraduate, Stanford, Spring 2010)
  24. Linguist 230a: Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (graduate, Stanford, Winter 2010)
  25. Linguist 236: Lexical and Constructional Pragmatics (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2009)
  26. Linguist 239: Semantics Research Seminar (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2009–Spring 2010; with Beth Levin)
  27. Linguist 278: Programming for Linguists (graduate, Stanford, Fall 2009)
  28. Ling 380/390A: Controlling the Discourse (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2009; with Lyn Frazier).
  29. Ling 409: Mathematical Methods in Linguistics (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2009; with Rajesh Bhatt).
  30. Ling 610: Semantics and Generative Grammar (graduate, UMass Amherst, Fall 2008).
  31. Ling 797A: Third-Year Seminar (graduate, UMass Amherst, Fall 2008).
  32. Ling 753: Conversational Inference (graduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2008).
  33. Undergraduate independent study: Seth Garrison: Contextual understanding of denominal verbs (UMass Amherst, Spring 2008).
  34. Undergraduate independent study: Yelena Pashchenko: Generalized conversational implicatures (UMass Amherst, Spring 2008)
  35. Ling 390a: Controlling the Discourse (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Fall 2007).
  36. LSA.314: Dimensions of Meaning (LSA Summer Institute, Stanford University, July 2007).
  37. LSA.374: Conversational Inference (LSA Summer Institute, Stanford University, July 2007; with David Beaver and Robert van Rooij).
  38. LSA.108P: Logic for Linguists (LSA Summer Institute, Stanford University, July 2007).
  39. Ling 620: Formal Semantics (graduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2007).
  40. Ling 201: Introduction to Linguistics (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2007).
  41. Ling 510: Introduction to Semantics (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2006).
  42. Ling 390a: Controlling the Discourse (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2006; with Lyn Frazier).
  43. Ling 496: Pragmatics (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2006).
  44. Ling 610: Semantics and Generative Grammar (graduate, UMass Amherst, Fall 2005).
  45. Introduction to Pragmatics (two-week course at the New York Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies, St. Petersburg State University, July 2005).
  46. Introduction to Semantics (two-week course at the New York Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies, St. Petersburg State University, July 2005).
  47. Ling 394a: Controlling the Discourse (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2005; with Lyn Frazier).
  48. Ling 753: Seminar on Modes of Semantic Composition (graduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2005).
  49. Ling 201: Introduction to Linguistics (undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Fall 2004).
  50. Ling 610: Semantics and Generative Grammar (graduate, UMass Amherst, Fall 2004).
  51. Ling 797A: Third-Year Seminar (graduate, UMass Amherst, Fall 2004).
  52. Introduction to Pragmatics (two-week course at the New York Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies, St. Petersburg State University, July 2004).
  53. Controlling the Discourse (two-week course at the New York Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies, St. Petersburg State University, July 2004).
  54. Ling 401: Introduction to Syntax, undergraduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2004.
  55. Ling 620: Formal Semantics, graduate, UMass Amherst, Spring 2004.
  56. Ling 720: Proseminar in Semantics and Formal Pragmatics (graduate), UMass Amherst, Fall 2003.
  57. Writing I (undergraduate), Writing Program, UCSC, Spring 2003.
  58. Semantics II (undergraduate), Department of Linguistics, UCSC, Spring 2002.

Professional service

University service

Departmental service

General

Dissertation advisor

Dissertation committees

Generals, Qualifying, and Masters papers

Stanford

UMass Amherst

Undergraduate theses (primary advisor)

Other skills