C3: Rational Encoding and Decoding of Referring Expressions

Project C3 investigates information-theoretic explanations of the encoding choices and comprehension difficulty in complex constructions. We focus on visually situated comprehension of referring expressions, which allow us to examine key information-theoretic aspects of syntactic encoding in order to evaluate the predictions of both bounded (e.g., UID) and pragmatic (e.g., RSA) accounts of rational communication. We will test these predictions using empirical methods as well a neurocomputional modeling.

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2018

Ankener Christine; Drenhaus, Heiner; Crocker Matthew ; Staudte, Maria

Multimodal Surprisal in the N400 and the Index of Cognitive Activity Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 40th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting, 40th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin, 2018.

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Tourtouri, Elli; Sikos, Les; Crocker, Matthew

Referential Entropy influences Overspecification: Evidence from Production Inproceedings

31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, UC Davis, Davis CA, USA, 2018.

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Tourtouri, Elli; Sikos, Les; Crocker, Matthew

Referential entropy influences the production of overspecifications Inproceedings

10th Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science, Communication, Pragmatics, and Theory of Mind (DuCog), University of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2018.

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2017

Calvillo, Jesús

Fast and Easy: Approximating uniform information density in language production Inproceedings

39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, Texas, USA, 2017.

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Sikos, Les; Greenberg, Clayton; Drenhaus, Heiner; Crocker, Matthew

Information density of encodings: The role of syntactic variation in comprehension Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society(CogSci 2017), pp. 3168-3173, 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, Texas, USA, 2017.

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Tourtouri, Elli; Delogu, Francesca; Crocker, Matthew (Ed.)

Specificity and entropy reduction in situated referential processing Inproceedings

Tourtouri, Elli; Delogu, Francesca; Crocker, Matthew (Ed.): 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, Texas, USA, 2017.

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Jachmann, Torsten ; Drenhaus, Heiner ; Staudte, Maria ; Crocker, Matthew

The Influence of Speaker's Gaze on Sentence Comprehension: An ERP Investigation. Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society(CogSci 2017), pp. 2261-2266, 2017.

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Tourtouri, Elli; Delogu, Francesca; Crocker, Matthew

Overspecifications efficiently manage referential entropy in situated communication Inproceedings

Paper presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2017.

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Tourtouri, Elli; Delogu, Francesca; Crocker, Matthew

Overspecification and uniform reduction of visual entropy facilitate referential processing Inproceedings

XPrag2017, Cologne, Germany Cologne, Germany, 2017.

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Tourtouri, Elli; Delogu, Francesca; Crocker, Matthew

The interplay of specificity and referential entropy reduction in situated communication Inproceedings

10th Annual Embodied and Situated Language (ESLP) Conference, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 2017.

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2016

Calvillo, Jesus; Brouwer, Harm; Crocker, Matthew

Connectionist semantic systematicity in language production Inproceedings

Cognitive Society 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, Texas, USA, 2016.

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2015

Tourtouri, Elli; Delogu, Francesca; Crocker, Matthew

ERP Indices of situated reference in visual contexts Inproceedings

37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, Texas, USA, 2015.

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Tourtouri, Elli; Delogu, Francesca; Crocker, Matthew

ERP indices of referential informativity in visual contexts Inproceedings

Paper presented at the 28th CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of South California, Los Angeles, USA, 2015.

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Matthew Crocker

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Heiner Drenhaus

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Les Sikos

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Elli Tourtouri

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Jesús Calvillo

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