Daniel Lassiter

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University

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Contact: danlassiter [at sign] stanford [dot] edu

Fall 2014 office hours: Tuesday, 3:45-5, MJH 102

Research overview

My research combines formal tools and experimental methods from linguistics and other areas of cognitive science to work toward a unified theory of language understanding as a cognitive phenomenon. I've worked on a variety of topics such as the semantics of modals and degree expressions, the pragmatics of vagueness and presupposition, inductive vs. deductive reasoning, and models of various pragmatic phenomena which treat language understanding as a problem of Bayesian inference. I've argued in various domains that combining logical and probabilistic models not only achieves a desirable theoretical unification but also improved empirical coverage and new theoretical insights.

Some writings [more here]

How many kinds of reasoning? Inference, probability, and natural language semantics (w/Noah Goodman)
   To appear in Cognition.
Graded modality
   Draft of a survey article, 10/3/14.
Linguistic and philosophical considerations on Bayesian semantics
   To appear in M. Chrisman & N. Charlow (eds.), Deontic Modals, OUP.
Epistemic : Deontic :: Additive : Intermediate — Modality, scale structure, and scalar reasoning
   Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, in press.
Epistemic comparison, models of uncertainty, and the disjunction puzzle
   Journal of Semantics, 2014.
Probabilistic Semantics and Pragmatics: Uncertainty in Language and Thought (w/Noah Goodman)
   In press, Handbook of Contemporary Semantics — 2nd edition, ed. C. Fox & S. Lappin.
Adjectival modification and gradation
   In press, Handbook of Contemporary Semantics — 2nd edition, ed. C. Fox & S. Lappin.
Context, scale structure, and statistics in the interpretation of positive-form adjectives
   Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 23, 2013. (w/Noah Goodman)
Measurement and Modality: The Scalar Basis of Modal Semantics
    Ph.D. dissertation, NYU Linguistics, 2011 (supervisor: Chris Barker).
Vagueness as probabilistic linguistic knowledge (2011)
    In R. Nouwen et al. (eds.), Vagueness in Communication, Springer, 2011.
Gradable epistemic modals, probability, and scale structure (2010)
   Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 20, 2010.


Full list of online work

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