**Daniel Lassiter**

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University

**Research areas:**

- Theoretical, experimental, and computational semantics and pragmatics
- Probability and decision theory in formal linguistics
- Computational cognitive science
- Philosophy of language

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

**Meetings:** by appointment (click here, or send me email).

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.

- Current:
- Reasoning with Quantifiers (LINGUIST 236/PSYCH 236C; with Chris Potts)
- Semantics & Pragmatics I (LINGUIST 230B)

Ms., Stanford and UCSD. [experiment, data, and model code]

Adjectival vagueness in a Bayesian model of interpretation (w/N.Goodman)

To appear in

Linguistic and philosophical considerations on Bayesian semantics

To appear in M. Chrisman & N. Charlow (eds.),

Graded modality

Draft of a survey article, 10/3/14.

Probabilistic Semantics and Pragmatics: Uncertainty in Language and Thought (w/N.Goodman)

In press,

Adjectival modification and gradation

In press,

To appear in

How many kinds of reasoning? Inference, probability, and natural language semantics (w/N.Goodman)

Modality, scale structure, and scalar reasoning

Epistemic comparison, models of uncertainty, and the disjunction puzzle

Conditional antecedents provide no evidence for a grammatical theory of scalar implicature

Draft, 11/19/13. Comments welcome.

Quantificational and modal interveners in degree constructions

Communicating with epistemic modals in stochastic λ-calculus

Draft, w/N.Goodman. Comments welcome.

How many kinds of reasoning? Inference, probability, and natural language semantics

Ph.D. dissertation, NYU Linguistics, 2011 (supervisor: Chris Barker).

Nouwen's puzzle and a scalar semantics for obligations, needs, and desires

Vagueness as probabilistic linguistic knowledge

In R. Nouwen et al. (eds.),

Anaphoric properties of

The Algebraic Structure of Amounts: Evidence from Comparatives

In T. Icard & R. Muskens (eds.),

Where is the Conflict between Internalism and Externalism? A Reply to Lohndal and Narita

Explaining a restriction on the scope of the comparative operator

Semantic Normativity and Coordination Games: Social Externalism Deflated

Presented at the ESSLLI workshop

Edited volume: Daniel Lassiter and Marija Slavkovik (eds).