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Department of Cognitive Science

Cogntive Science Alumni

Anna Notley

Anna Notley

Thesis Details

The scope of logical expressions in child language.

My research will look at some of the different coordination systems used in the languages of the world (that is, how logical operators like 'and' and 'or' are used to join clauses or parts of clauses), and will then investigate how young children learn the meanings associated with these words. Some of the questions I will be asking are: To what extent do logical operators in natural language obey the laws of Boolean logic? On the other hand what constraints on these operators are purely linguistic? How do children deal with the overlap between logical and linguistic constraints and what can this tell us about the way we learn language?

  • Type: PhD
  • Scholarship : MQRES
  • Supervisors : Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain and Associate Professor Rosalind Thornton