Research


(Learning) the meaning of modals

Modals can express different forces: can means possible, must means necessary. They also can express various flavors: epistemic, deontic, ability… How, and when, do children figure out these two dimensions? To answer these questions, we use insights from corpus studies of children’s early modal productions and input and behavioral experiments with adults.

Acquiring modal force: can and must, possible or necessary?

Corpus study: English children’s modal productions and input

Joint work with Annemarie van Dooren, Ailís Cournane and Valentine Hacquard.

Novel-Word Learning Experiment

Joint work with Ailís Cournane and Valentine Hacquard.

Acquiring modal flavor: what kind of possibilities and necessities?

Joint work with Annemarie van Dooren, Ailís Cournane and Valentine Hacquard.

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Modals, Tense and Aspect

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Actuality Entailments of ability modals with perception verbs

The Temporal Perspective of epistemic modals

Joint work with Annemarie van Dooren.

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Scalar Implicatures

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Primary and secondary scalar implicatures

Joint work with Benjamin Spector and Emmanuel Chemla.