Expressive content and the semantics of contexts
NSF Grant No. BCS-0642752



Christopher Potts. 2010. Emergent expressivity. Invited address, Semantic and Linguistic Theory 20, University of Vancouver, April 29–May 1.

Christopher Potts. 2010. Affective demonstratives. Colloquium, UC Berkeley, February 22.

Jesse A. Harris and Christopher Potts. 2010. Perspective-shifting with appositives and expressives. To appear in Linguistics and Philosophy.

Christopher Potts and Florian Schwarz. 2010. Affective 'this'. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology 3(5):1-30.

Christopher Potts. 2009. The language of sentiment expression, emotionality, and group cohesion. Workshop on Unified Theories of Language and Cognition, July 8.


Christopher Davis and Christopher Potts. Affective demonstratives and the division of pragmatic labor. In Maria Aloni, Harald Bastiaanse, Tikitu de Jager, Peter van Ormondt, and Katrin Schulz, eds., Preproceedings of the 17th Amsterdam Colloquium, 32-41.

Jesse A. Harris and Christopher Potts. 2009. Predicting perspectival orientation for appositives. To appear in Proceedings of the 45th Annual Chicago Linguistic Society Meeting. University of Chicago.

Noah Constant, Christopher Davis, Christopher Potts, and Florian Schwarz. 2009. The pragmatics of expressive content: Evidence from large corpora. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung 33(1-2):5-21.

Christopher Davis. 2009. Decisions, Dynamics, and the Japanese Particle yo. Journal of Semantics 26(4):329-366.

Christopher Potts and Florian Schwarz. 2009. Exclamatives and heightened emotion: Extracting pragmatic generalizations from large corpora. Computational Linguistics: Implementation of Analyses Against Data, LSA Annual Meeting, January 8-11.


Christopher Potts. 2008. Conventional implicature and expressive content. To appear in Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger, and Paul Portner, eds., Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Christopher Potts and Florian Schwarz. 2008. Exclamatives and heightened emotion: Extracting pragmatic generalizations from large corpora. Ms., UMass Amherst.

Christopher Potts, 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. To appear in Linguistic Inquiry.

Christopher Potts. 2008. The coin of the expressive realm. Plenary address, Arizona Linguistics and Anthropology Symposium, The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, May 9-11.

Christopher Potts. 2008. Pragmatic enrichment via expressive content. Stanford Linguistics Colloquium, May 23.

Christopher Potts. 2008. Interpretive Economy, Schelling Points, and evolutionary stability. Stanford Semantics Group, May 23. [associated manuscript]

Christopher Davis. 2008. Contexts, decisions, and the Japanese particle yo. To appear in the Proceedings of Logic and Engineering of Natural Language 2008.

Maria Biezma. 2008. An expressives analysis of exclamatives in Spanish. Submitted to the Proceedings of Going Romance 21.

Christopher Potts. 2008. The pragmatics of expressive content. Invited lecture, Cornell Workshop on Philosophy of Language, April 26. [abstract]


Maria Biezma. 2007. On the consequences of being small: Imperatives in Spanish. To appear in the Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society 38. Amherst, MA: GLSA.

Christopher Davis, Christopher Potts, and Peggy Speas. 2007. The pragmatic values of evidential sentences. In Masayuki Gibson and Tova Friedman, eds., Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 17. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications. [paper]

Christopher Potts. The compositional independence of expressives. Invited lecture, Fifth Barcelona Workshop on Issues in the Theory of Reference, June 5-8

Christopher Potts. 2007. The expressive dimension. Theoretical Linguistics 33(2):165-197.

Christopher Potts. 2007. The centrality of expressive indices: Reply to the commentaries. Theoretical Linguistics 33(2):255-268.

Christopher Davis, Christopher Potts, and Peggy Speas. 2007. Evidential marking, interrogatives, and the maxim of quality. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 17, UConn, May 11-13.

Christopher Potts. 2007. Expressive content and semantic theory. Invited lecture, University of Chicago Graduate Workshop in Semantics and Philosophy, April 6.

Christopher Potts. 2007. Pragmatic dimensions: Quality and expressivity. Invited lectures, Penn Linguistics, March 29, and University of Chicago, April 5.

Christopher Potts. 2007. An introduction to expressive content. Invited lecture, Swarthmore Linguistics, March 30.