Linguistic inferences without words: Replicating the inferential typology with gestures. Tieu, L.; Schlenker, P.; and Chemla, E. submitted. Ms., Western Sydney University/Ecole Normale Superieure
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Contemporary semantics has uncovered a sophisticated typology of linguistic inferences, characterized by their conversational status and their interaction with logical operators. We present experimental evidence that four of the main inference types (implicatures, presuppositions, supplements, homogeneity) can be replicated with pro- and post-speech gestures, which replace and follow spoken words, respectively. The results indicate that gestures, with their fine-grained iconic meanings, display the same type of semantic behavior as spoken words. Because the gestures were likely unfamiliar and being seen for the first time by our participants, the results also suggest that people productively divide new informational content among the components of the inferential typology, which may derive from general algorithms that apply to words and gestures alike.
@unpublished{Tieu-etal:2018:gesturalinferences,
	Abstract = {Contemporary semantics has uncovered a sophisticated typology of linguistic inferences, characterized by their conversational status and their interaction with logical operators. We present experimental evidence that four of the main inference types (implicatures, presuppositions, supplements, homogeneity) can be replicated with pro- and post-speech gestures, which replace and follow spoken words, respectively. The results indicate that gestures, with their fine-grained iconic meanings, display the same type of semantic behavior as spoken words. Because the gestures were likely unfamiliar and being seen for the first time by our participants, the results also suggest that people productively divide new informational content among the components of the inferential typology, which may derive from general algorithms that apply to words and gestures alike.

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	Author = {Tieu, Lyn and Schlenker, Philippe and Chemla, Emmanuel},
	Date-Added = {2019-03-28 08:03:24 +1100},
	Date-Modified = {2019-03-28 08:03:24 +1100},
	Note = {Ms., Western Sydney University/Ecole Normale Superieure},
	Title = {Linguistic inferences without words: Replicating the inferential typology with gestures},
	Url = {https://semanticsarchive.net/Archive/2JiZTJlM/Tieu-Schlenker-Chemla_GesturalTypology.pdf},
	Url_More = {https://semanticsarchive.net/Archive/2JiZTJlM/Tieu-Schlenker-Chemla_GesturalTypology.html},
	Year = {submitted},
	Bdsk-Url-1 = {https://semanticsarchive.net/Archive/2JiZTJlM/Tieu-Schlenker-Chemla_GesturalTypology.pdf}}
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