Dr. Galit Weidman Sassoon

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Dr. Galit Weidman Sassoon
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Education:

2001-2007

 

Ph.D. in Linguistics: Tel Aviv University. The dissertation, “Vagueness, Gradability, and Typicality – A comprehensive semantics analysis”, was supervised by Dr. Nirit Kadmon at The Shirley and Leslie Porter School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities (approval date 27/10/2008).

1996-2001

 

MA in Linguistics (summa Cum Laude): Tel Aviv University. The Master thesis, “Predicate interpretations as intensions restricted along dimensions”, was supervised by Prof. Fred Landman, The Cognitive Program, The Shirley and Leslie Porter School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities.

1996-1997

 

Coursework in mathematics and computer sciences: Tel Aviv University – introductory courses, The School of Computer Science, Faculty of Exact Sciences.

1992-1995

 

Bachelor of Arts: Tel Aviv University. General (Interdisciplinary studies in the Humanities) and Cinema (Faculty of the Arts).

 

Academic appointments:

Position

2013-

(4/13)

Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan

  • Senior researcher, the English Department & Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.

 

Post-Doctoral Positions

2012

(3/12-2/13)

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

  • A post-doctoral scholarship, Language, Logic, and Cognition Center (LLCC), supervised by Edit Doron and Danny Fox.

2009-2012

(3/09-2/12)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Post-doctoral research at an NWO project (360-20-2010) granted to Prof. Frank Veltman and Dr. Robert van Rooij, Institute of Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam.

2007-2008

(10/07-2/09)

 

Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva

  • A Pratt post-doctoral scholarship, Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, supervised by Dr. Ariel Cohen.

 

Teaching and Teaching assistance

2013-

English department / Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan Universirty, Ramar Gan.

 

  • Introduction to semantics
  • Corpus research
  • Psychosemantics
  • Language and Brain
  • Language and cognition
  • Linguistic concepts: Gradability in Adjectives and Nouns
  • Academic reading and writing for linguistics

2012-2013

LLCC, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

 

  • Meaning and Context
  • Co-teaching Semantic Evidence
  • Adjectives, Vagueness and Gradability - Linguistic, cognitive and philosophical aspects
  • Co-Supervision of two Master theses.

2010-2011

ILLC, University of Amsterdam

  • Co-teaching Structures for Semantics
  • Co-Supervision of a Master thesis
  • Supervision of Master of Logic projects

2007-2008

Ben Gurion University

  • Introduction to Semantics
  • Vagueness, Gradability and Typicality

1998-2006

Tel Aviv University

  • Guided Reading in Linguistics
  • Formal Semantics
  • Introduction to Semantics
  • Introduction to Pragmatics
  • Syntax1
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Communication, Language and Society

1999-2000

Academic College, Tel Aviv-Jaffa (Department of Computer Science):

  • Introduction to Natural Language

 

Research Assistance

2000-2003

Tel Aviv University and Chaim Sheba Medical Center

  • An FMRI project on the neural basis of Pragmatics, granted to Prof. Asa Kasher and Prof. Eran Zeidel.

2000-2001

Tel Aviv University

  • A project on the syntax-semantics interface in relative clauses, granted to Prof. Alexander Grosu.

 

Prizes

2008                The Cognitive Science Society's award for the best student contribution at the 16th annual meeting of The European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, June 26-29, 2008, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

 

Scholarships and Grants

2015               Young GIF grant (28k Euro). Project entitled: Dimensions and gradability in grammar and cognition ( I-2357-110.4/2014).

2013-2016      Alon scholarship (3 year salary). The council for higher education, Israeli academic planning and grant committee (VATAT).

2013-2016      Alon startup grant (29k$). The council for higher education, Israeli academic planning and grant committee (VATAT).

2013-2016      "At the intersection of modification and scalarity: the semantic mapping of scale structure onto the interpretation of modifiers". Principal Investigator: Elena Castroviejo Miró (Madrid, Spain); External investigators: Galit W. Sassoon (Israel), Berit Gehrke (Germany) and Martin Fabienne (Spain); 15.000€ funding by the Spanish government, Ministry of economy and competitiveness, Directorate general of research projects, technical department of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

2012                Lady Davies post-doctoral scholarship, Language, Logic, and Cognition Center (LLCC), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2007-2008      The Pratt post-doctoral scholarship, Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2004-2006      The Sara and David Orgler Scholarship for excellent PhD students in the Humanities, Tel Aviv University.

2001-2003      Scholarships funded by the Rector and the Dean of the Humanities, Tel Aviv University.

2001-2002      Scholarship for research assistance, funded by a grant to Prof. Alexander Grosu, Tel Aviv University.

1996                Scholarship for study-encouragement in memory of the Krakov Community Saints, New York.

1993-1996      Study-funding scholarships of the student Dean, Tel Aviv University.

 

Academic activities

Conference Organization

2015                Organisation of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics Conference, Bar Ilan University.

2014-2015       Workshop organisation (with Louise McNally and Elena Castroviejo Miró), Vagueness Gradability, and Scale structure, May 2015, Madrid, Spain.

2014                  Member of the programme committee of The European summer school for logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI 2015), to be held in August 3-14, 2015, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.    

2014                  Review of abstracts for the workshop Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semantics (BRIDGE-14), Düsseldorf, Germany

2014                  Member of the programme committee of Semantics and Philosophy in Europe.

2007 – 2015

Review of abstracts for the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics Conference.

2013 – 2015

Review of abstracts for Graduate student workshop in memory of Tanya Reinhart, Tel Aviv University.

2013

Review of abstracts for Modality as a window on cognition workshop within The International Congress of Linguists (ICL), Geneva University.

2011 – 2015

Member of the programme committee of Sinn und Bedeutung.

2012 – 2015

Member of the programme committee Salt 22-25.

2013 – 2015

Member of the programme committee, Amsterdam Colloquium, NL.

2011

Member of the organizing committee and review of abstracts for Amsterdam Colloquium 18, The Netherlands.

2011

Co-organizer of a workshop and poster session on Semantic Evidence for Amsterdam Colloquium 18.

2011

Chair of a session, Amsterdam Colloquium 18, University of Amsterdam.

2010

Member of the organizing committee for the Amsterdam Graduate Philosophy Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2010

Chair of session, Utterance interpretation and cognitive models 3, Brussels.

2010

Chair of session, the 26th Conference of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University.

 

 

Reviewing of papers, manuscripts, research proposals, and theses

  • Editorial board of Journal of Semantics
  • Semantics & Pragmatics, Journal of Semantics, Natural Language Semantics, Linguistics and Philosophy, Language, Natural Language and Linguistic theory, Lingua, Synthese, Journal of Logic, Language and Information, Journal of applied non classical logic, Journal of cognitive neurolinguistics.
  • The proceedings of the 17th - 19th Amsterdam colloquiums
  • Papers in edited collections by Oxford University Press (The Theta system), de- Gruyter (Language Acquisition), and College Publications ("Studies in Logic" series).
  • Chapter of the Handbook of Semantics (edited by Paul Dekker and Maria Aloni).
  • Book proposal – Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 4 book chapters submitted to Oxford University Press.
  • 2 Grant Proposals – FWO, Brussels.
  • Grant Proposal –  ISF, Israel.
  • A paper for Alice ter Meulen and Klaus von Heusinger (Eds.) Meaning and the Dynamics of Interpretation - Selected Writings of Hans Kamp. Brill: Leiden.
  • Reading Proposals for a Master thesis, Bar Ilan University, Israel.
  • Approval of a Master Thesis, Dana Kozlowsky, Ben Gurion University.
  • Approval of a PhD Thesis, Dina Orenstein, Bar Ilan University.
  • Exams for track B master students, Bar Ilan university.

 

Supervision of postdoctorate researchers

  • Dr. Julie Fadlon, 2014-2015, Bar Ilan University.

 

Supervision of PhD theses:

  • Moria, Ronen, in progress, Bar Ilan University.

 

Supervision of Master theses

  • Temima Morrison, in progress, Bar Ilan University.
  • Alaa Garra, in progress, Bar Ilan University.
  • Caitline Canonica, 2013-2014, The Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • Adi Shamir, 2013-2014, The Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • Noortje.Venhuizen, 2011-2012, ILLC, University of Amsterdam.

 

Defence committees

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PhD, Camelia C. Constantinescu, Utrecht University.

MA, Yuval Pinter, Tel Aviv University.

MA, Moria Ronen, Briggita R. Schvarcz, Maria Gepner, Micky Daniels, Bar Ilan Universty.

 

Academic advisor

Aldo Sevi (2012) Introduction to theoretical linguistics, part 3, The open University, Raanana (in Hebrew).

 

Research visits

2003

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): I spent 5 weeks at the Brain Mapping Laboratory, as part of an FMRI research project on the neural basis of Pragmatics (2000-2003; Prof. Asa Kasher, Tel Aviv University, and Prof. Eran Zeidel, UCLA).

            

Publications

International journals

    Sassoon, Galit W. and Julie Fadlon. 2017.  The role of dimensions in classification under predicates predicts their status in degree constructions . forthcoming in Glossa.

Sassoon, Galit W. 2017. Comparisons of nominal degrees. forthcoming in Language 93(1).

Sassoon, Galit W. 2013. A typology of multidimensional adjectives. Journal of Semantics 30: 335-380.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2011. Adjectival vs. Nominal Categorization Processes, The Belgium Journal of Linguistics 25: 104-147.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2010. The degree functions of negative adjectives, Natural Language Semantics 18(2): 141-181.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2010. Measurement theory in linguistics, Synthese 174(1):151-180.

 

Books

Sassoon Galit W., 2013. Vagueness, Gradability, and Typicality – The Interpretation of Adjectives and Nouns. Current Research in the Semantics Pragmatic Interface series (CRiSPI), volume 27, Brill, Leiden.

 

Edited collections

McNally Louise, Castroviejo Miró, Elena, and Sassoon, Galit W., (in preparation), Vagueness Gradability, and Scale structure (proposal submitted to Springer).

Aloni, Maria, Vadim Kimmelman, Floris Roelofsen, Galit W. Sassoon, Katrin Schultz, and Matthijs Westera (Eds.) 2012. Logic, Language, and Meaning. 18th Amsterdam Colloquium. Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7218. Springer. Berlin Heidelberg, Germany.

Crespo, Ines, Dimitris Gakis and Galit W. Sassoon (Eds.) 2011. Proceedings of the Amsterdam graduate philosophy conference 2010. The Technical Notes (X) Series, the ILLC Publications, Amsterdam.

 

Contributions to books

Kamp, Hans and Galit W. Sassoon, (2016) Vagueness. In Maria Aloni and Paul Dekker (Eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Formal Semantic, Cambridge.

Sassoon, Galit W., (2015) Family resemblance, prototypes, and stereotypes: Spiel, bird, tiger. Submitted to Lisa Matthewson, Cécile Meier, Hotze Rullmann, Thomas Ede Zimmermann (Eds.) The Blackwell Companion to Semantics (SemCom).Blackwell.

Sassoon, Galit W., (2015). Dimension accessibility as a predictor of morphological gradability. Submitted to: Yoad Winter and James Hampton. Concept composition and experimental semantics & pragmatics.Springer.Sassoon, Galit W., and Natalia Zevakhina Lomonosov., (2015) Degree modifiers: A new perspective on their semantics and the role of stress within it. In a Festschrift for Barbara Partee.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2013. Between Noun Comparisons. In Maria Aloni, Michael Franke, and Floris Roelofsen (Eds.) The dynamic, inquisitive, and visionary life of ϕ, ?ϕ, and ◊ϕ A festschrift for Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof, and Frank Veltman. Online source: http://www.illc.uva.nl/Festschrift-JMF/.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2013. Lexical Acquisition through Acquisition order. In Dagmar Bittner and Nadja Kuehn. (Eds.) Lexical bootstrapping, on the central Role of Lexis and Semantics in Child Language development, Mouton De Greuyter.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2011. Comparison of complex concepts, ‘And’, ‘or’ and ‘more’. In: Petr Cintula, Chris Fermüller, Lluis Godo, Petr Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness - Logical, Philosophical, and Linguistic Perspectives: 123-149. Studies in Logic, College Publications.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2011. Reply to David Ripley’s Comments on Comparison of Complex Predicates, ‘And’, ‘or’ and ‘more’. In: Petr Cintula, Chris Fermüller, Lluis Godo, Petr Hajek (Eds.), Reasoning under Vagueness - Logical, Philosophical, and Linguistic Perspectives: 155-156. Studies in Logic, College Publications.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2011. The inhabitants of vagueness models. Paul Égré and Nathan Klinedinst (Eds.) Vagueness and Language Use: 98-118, Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2009. Semantics with clusters of properties. In: Kissine Mikhail and Philippe De Brabanter (Eds.), Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive models: 127-178, CRISPI, Emerald publishing.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2008. The Notion of Typicality. In: Jean R. Lapaire, Guillaume Desagulier, Jean B. Guignard (Eds.) Du fait grammatical au fait cognitif. From Gram to Mind: Grammar as Cognition II, 217-236. Presses Universitaires De Bordeaux, France.

 

 

Proceedings

Sassoon, Galit W., (2015) Between noun comparisons. Selected papers from the 10th TbiLLC conference, Lecture Notes in Artifical Intelligence, Springer.

Sassoon, Galit W., (2014) The type of adjectives. In Maria Aloni, Michael Franke and Floris Roelofsen (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19the Amsterdam Colloquium.

Booij, Elbert, and Galit W. Sassoon (2014) Big Differences: The standard for `big' as used by adults and children. In Proceedings of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 29. MIT working Papers in Linguistics.

Roelofsen, Floris, Noortje Joost Venhuizen, and Galit W. Sassoon, 2012. Positive and negative polar questions in discourse. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, Paris, France.

Sassoon, Galit W., and Natalia Zevakhina Lomonosov., 2012. Granularity shifting: Experimental evidence from numerals vs. Adjectives. In Proceedings of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 28. MIT working Papers in Linguistics.

Sassoon, Galit W., and Natalia Zevakhina Lomonosov., 2012. Granularity shifting: Experimental evidence from degree modifiers. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 22, University of Chicago.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2012. The double nature of negative antonymy. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 16: 543-556, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2012. A slightly modified economy principle: Stable properties have non stable standards. Proceedings of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 27. Forthcoming in MIT working Papers in Linguistics.

Toledo, Assaf and Galit W. Sassoon, 2011. Absolute vs. Relative Adjectives - Variance Within vs. Between Individuals. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic theory (SALT) 21: 135-154. Rutgers University. New Jersey. MIT working Papers in Linguistics.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2011. Be positive! Norms and zeros in the interpretation of adjectives. In Reich, Ingo , Eva Horch and Dennis  Pauly (Eds.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15: 531–546, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany.

van Cranenburgh Andreas, Galit W. Sassoon and Raquel Fernandez.  2011. Invented Antonyms: Esperanto as a semantic lab. Falk, Yehuda (Ed.) Proceedings of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics 26, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2010. Restricted quantification over tastes. In: Maria Aloni, Harald Bastiaanse, Tikitu de Jager and Katrin Schultz (Eds.), Logic, Language and Meaning: 17th Amsterdam Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 16-18, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, 163-172. Springer series Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2009. Negative predicates – The quantity metaphor and transformation values. In: Tova Friedman and Satoshi Ito (Eds.) Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic theory (SALT) 18: 637-654, CLC publications.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2009. Vagueness in Degree Constructions. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 13: 473-487, CLC publications.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2009. Graded Individuals, Vague Discourse Entities, Falk, Yehuda (Ed.), Proceedings of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics 24, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2007. The Logic of the Typicality Judgments. In E. Puig-Waldmüller (ed.) The Logic of the Typicality Judgments, Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 11: 509-524, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

Sassoon, Galit W. 2005. Typicality, An Improved Analysis. Falk, Yehuda (Ed.), Proceedings of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics 21, The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.

Sassoon, Galit W. 2002. Semantics with clusters of properties. Falk, Yehuda (Ed.), Proceedings of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics 18, Bar Ilan Uni., Israel.

 

Book reviews

Sassoon, Galit W., 2010. Review of: Zeki Hamawand, 2009, The semantics of English negative prefixes, Equinox publishing, London, Linguist List 21.2587.

Sassoon, Galit W., 2004. Review of: Aarts et al. (2004): Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader. Linguist List 15.3335.

 

Theses

Sassoon, Galit W. 2007, Vagueness, Gradability, and Typicality – A comprehensive semantic analysis, Doctorate Dissertation, Supervisor: Dr. Nirit Kadmon, Tel Aviv University.

Sassoon, Galit W. 2001, Predicate interpretations as intensions restricted along dimensions, MA Thesis, Supervisor: Prof. Fred Landman, Tel Aviv University.

 

 

Keynote speaker

2014                Breaking myths about similarity. Semantics and Philosophy in Europe. Zas, Berlin.

2014                Predictors of linguistic gradability. Workshop Bridging Formal and Conceptual Semantics (BRIDGE-14), Düsseldorf, Germany.

 

 

Invited talks

2016                TBA, Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adjectives and Participles (WAASAP) June 13-14, University of Lille, France.

2016                TBA, 17th Szklarska Poreba Workshop, March 4-7, Poland.

2015                TBA, December 16, Cologne.

2015                Classification and gradability in the verbal domain. Workshop on Lexical semantics, grammatical structure, and the conceptualization of events, February 16-18, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2015                Predictors of linguistic gradability. University of Colone.

2015                Comparisons with adjectives and nouns. University of Colone.

2014                Degree modifiers: A new perspective on their semantics and the role of stress within it. Workshop on Focus sensitive particles from a cross-linguistic perspective, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan.

2014                Counting dimensions. McGill / MIT Workshop on Gradability and Quantity in Language and the Brain. MIT, Cambridge MA.

2013                A new look at adjectival positive forms - Evidence from quantificational modifiers. Leiden Utrecht Semantics Hppenings (Lush), Utrecht university.

2013                Between noun comparisons. The Tenth Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation, Georgia.

2013                Dimension accessibility as a predictor of morphological gradability. Workshop on Concept composition and experimental semantics & pragmatics, Utrecht University.

2013                Between noun comparisons. Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2013                Size adjectives as adjectives, Semantics and Philosophy of Language workshop, Chicago University.

2012                The Rule vs. Similarity Hypothesis: A suggestion for a neuropsychological model for adjectival vs. nominal categorization processes, The weekly seminar of the Gonda research center at Bar-Ilan University.  

2012                From stage-level comparison classes to absolute properties, The Linguistics Colloquium, Tel Aviv University.

2012                Rethinking of for phrases. Summer workshop of the Jerusalem / Tel Aviv Syntax Semantics Reading Group, Tel Aviv University.

2012                Absolute vs. Relative Adjectives and their comparison classes. The PhD seminar of the linguistics department, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2012                Antonymy. The seminar of the cognitive science program. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2012                Multidimensional antonyms and what they reveal about adjectives, Toward a cognitively grounded semantic account, Department of English, Bar Ilan University.

2012                Absolute adjectives and their modifiers, LeGO Seminar. Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam.

2012                The semantics of for phrases and its consequences. Syntax-Interface Meetings, Utrecht University.

2011                Combining vague adjectives - in theory and in practice. Joint work with Frank Veltman, LogICCC Final conference, 15-18 Sep, Berlin.

2011                From generalized quantifiers to the Adjective-Noun distinction: a new approach to adjectives. Approaches to the Lexicon (Roots III), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2011                The flexibility of adjectival interpretations. VAAG (Vagueness, Approximation and Granularity) workshop, Lund, Sweden.

2011                Logical vs. non logical operations in the semantics of adjectives vs. nouns. Workshop on the Syntax and Semantics of Nounhood and Adjectivehood. The Center for Theoretical Linguistics of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

2011                Absolute vs. Relative Adjectives. Nijmegen semantic and pragmatic colloquium, Nijmegen.

2010                Adjectives, Antonymy and Scale structure. The English department, Gottingen University, Germany.

2010                Adjectives, scales and zeros. Tilburg Logic and Language seminar, Tilburg University.

2010                Antonymy in Multidimensional adjectives. Laboratory of Experimental Psychology, Leuven University.

2010                Against ‘POS’. The ‘Computational Linguistics’ group meeting, Osnabrück University.

2010                Measurement theory in linguistics: Absolute vs. relative zeros in grammar. Colloquium of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück University.

2010                Measurement theory and the licensing of degree morphemes. Tübingen University.

2010                Restricted quantification over tastes. Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2010                Measurement theory in linguistics – an overview. The interdisciplinary Colloquium of the Linguistics Department, Tel Aviv University.

2009                Restricted quantification over tastes. LeGO Seminar. Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam.

2009                Evaluativity, Mini -Workshop: Degrees Under Discussion, Utrecht.

2009                Evaluativity – Two accounts, Vagueness Circle meeting, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam.

2009                "More", "twice", and measurement theory's classification of scalar properties. Vagueness, Approximation, and Granularity (VAAG) workshop, Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin.

2009                Evaluativity – Two accounts, The Vagueness Circle. ILLC, University of Amsterdam.

2009                Negative adjectives, Vagueness Circle meeting. ILLC, University of Amsterdam.

2008                Multidimensional adjectives versus nouns. A corpus-based study, Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2008                Negative predicates and transformation values. Department of English, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

2008                Negative predicates and transformation values. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2008                Vagueness pertaining to degree constructions – Two case studies. Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics. Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2007                Nouns, adjectives and more. The interdisciplinary Colloquium of the Linguistics Department, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.

2007                Nouns, adjectives and more, Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2004                What does typicality stand for?, Department of English, Bar IlanUniversity, Ramat-Gan.

2004                What does typicality stand for?, Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.

2003                Semantics with clusters of properties, The Syntax and Semantics Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles.

2002                Semantics with clusters of properties, The interdisciplinary Colloquium of the Linguistics Department, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.

 

Conference presentations

2014                Conceptual effects in grammaticality judgments (poster). The first Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology    

2013                The type of adjectives. The 19the Amsterdam Colloquium.

2013                Big Differences: The standard for `big' as used by adults and children (with Elbert Booij). Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 29, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2013                Classification under 'big':  The role of leaps in distributions and its delayed acquisition (Poster; with Elbert Booij). The 5th biennial conference of experimental pragmatics (XPRAG 5). Uttrecht University.

2012                Granularity shifting: Experimental evidence from numerals vs. Adjectives. (with Natalia Zevakhina Lomonosov), Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 28, October 16-17, Tel Aviv University.

2012                Positive and negative polar questions in discourse (with Floris Roelofsen and Noortje Joost Venhuizen), Sinn und Bedeutung Paris, France.

2012                Granularity shifting: Experimental evidence from degree modifiers (poster with Natalia Zevakhina Lomonosov). Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 22, University of Chicago, USA.

2011                Experimental evidence for granularity shifting in the adjectival domain (poster with Natalia Zevakhina Lomonosov), The Saint-Petersburg Winter Symposium on Experimental Studies of Speech and Language, Russian.

2011                A slightly modified economy principle: Stable properties have non-stable standards. The 27th Conference of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics. Haifa, Israel.

2011                The double nature of negative antonymy, Sinn und Bedeutung 16, Utrecht.

2011                Stable properties have non-stable standards; Workshop on Degree Semantics and its Interfaces, Utrecht.

2011                Absolute vs. Relative Adjectives - Variance Within vs. Between Individuals (joint with Assaf Toledo), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 21, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

2010                Be positive! Norm-related implications and beyond, Sinn und Bedeutung 15, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany.

2010                Invented Antonyms: Esperanto as a semantic lab (joint work with Andreas van Cranenburgh and Raquel Fernandez), The 26th Conference of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics. Bar Ilan University, Israel.

2010                A cognitive root for a word class distinction, Word classes: Nature, typology, computational representation, Universita degli studi Roma Tre, Italy.

2010                Adjectival vs. Nominal processing: The rule vs. similarity hypothesis, Utterance interpretation and cognitive models 3, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels.

2010                Disagreements about taste, Subjective meaning workshop: alternatives to relativism, Workshop of the 2010 Conference of the German Society for Linguistics (DGfS), Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany.

2009                Restricted quantification over tastes, Seventeenth Amsterdam Colloquium.

2009                Multidimensional adjectives versus nouns, LoMoReVI - Logical Models of Reasoning with Vague Information, Čejkovice, Czech Republic.

2009                Multidimensional adjectives versus nouns, The 25th Conference of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva

2008                Negative predicates – The quantity metaphor and transformation values, SALT 18, Umass, Amherst, MS.

2008                Three sources of vagueness in degree constructions, Sinn und Bedeutung 13, Stuttgart.

2008                Three sources of vagueness in degree constructions, The 24th Conference of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

2008                Vagueness pertaining to numerical degree constructions, Vagueness and Language use, Paris.

2008                Multidimensional adjectives versus nouns, A corpus-based study, ESPP, The European Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Utrecht.

2006                The logic underlying the typicality effects, Sinn und Bedeutung 11, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

2006                Category structure, context and truth conditions, The First Brussels Workshop on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels.

2006                Acquisition order helps bootstrapping semantic knowledge, The Second International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, Munich University, Munich.

2005                Typicality: Findings, Analysis and Practical Implications, Script – The Israel Association for Literacy, The 20th Conference, Nir-Etzion.

2005                The Notion of Typicality, From Gram to Mind: Grammar as Cognition, University of Bordeaux 3, Bordeaux.

2005                Typicality – An Improved Analysis, The 21st Conference of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics, The Technion, Haifa.

2005                Learning Models - An improved Analysis, Poster Presentation, Experimental Pragmatics, Cambridge, UK.

2004                What does typicality stand for? A formal analysis of typicality as an effect of the gradual learning of predicate meaning, The 6th Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory, Leipzig School of Management, Leipzig.

2002                Semantics with clusters of properties, The 18th Conference of the Israel Association of Theoretical Linguistics, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

 

Courses

  • Corpus research
  • Psychosemantics
  • Language and Brain
  • Language and cognition
  • Linguistic concepts: Gradability in Adjectives and Nouns
  • Introduction to semantics
  • Academic reading and writing for linguistics

Research

My main interest is in language and cognition, in particular the psycholinguistics of semantics and pragmatics, and the cognitive basis of semantic and pragmatic concepts. My research stresses empirical approaches to evaluating the basis of formal semantic distinctions, concentrating on empirical work with large corpora, converged with experimental approaches, including surveys of acceptability judgments, as well as imaging techniques, to test implications of my research, in collaboration with experts.