Quantity in Language and Thought

Language and Logic Courses


Quantity in Language and Thought,
Shane Steinert-Threlkeld (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Jakub Szymanik (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Quantifiers are linguistic expressions encoding representations of quantities. Their study has been one of the great success stories in natural language semantics. On the other hand, the study of the mental representation of numerical and other quantitative information has become an active area of research in cognitive science and neuroscience. This workshop provides a venue for continued exploration of the interface between these two domains. In what ways do cognitive theories of quantities constrain and inform the semantics of quantifiers? Are the quantifiers realized in natural language constrained by our cognitive representations of number? Similarly, can insights from semantics inform the study of the psychology of number? We welcome new experimental and theoretical work at this interface.