Please join us for a special presentation by Dr Lyn Tieu from the School of Education, on 'Linguistic inference in everyday conversation'.
Topic: Investigating Linguistic Inferences
Speaker: Dr Lyn Tieu, Research Theme Fellow, School of Education
In everyday conversation, we often convey and infer meanings above and beyond the literal content of our sentences. Much of my research investigates the nature of these linguistic inferences --- how they are represented in the grammar, how children acquire them, and where they might originate. In this talk, I’ll focus on two findings from recent work. First, children acquire some kinds of linguistic inferences before others, shedding light on the grammar behind linguistic inferences. Second, people can spontaneously draw linguistic inferences even from non-linguistic objects, such as gestures, sound effects, and emoji, suggesting a more general cognitive source for linguistic inferences than previously thought.
Biography: Lyn Tieu is a Research Theme Fellow in the Education & Work: Access, Equity and Pathways research theme at the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). She is based in the School of Education and is also a member of the Speech & Language Program at MARCS. Lyn's research focuses primarily on children’s acquisition of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
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The zoom ID is: 627 146 998. Link to zoom https://uws.zoom.us/j/627146998