Pragmatic reasoning with (non-)visual alternatives

Investigator:
Dr. Nadine Bade, University of Potsdam

Project description:
The project investigates the role of visual alternatives in pragmatic reasoning. Specifically, it looks at the interaction of visual with non-visual (verbal) alternatives in the derivation of three inference types – presuppositional and conversational implicatures as well as presuppositions – using experimental methods. A first theoretical goal of the project is to inform and build multi-modal models of how pragmatic strengthening proceeds incorporating the role of visual material. A second theoretical goal is to inform theories of presupposition triggering by investigating the role of visual salience in triggering processes. An overarching methodological goal is to compare different visual paradigms in their impact on experimental investigations in pragmatics using visual stimuli.