Welcome to the Meaning and Modality (M&M) Laboratory at Harvard Linguistics! We are interested in understanding the uniquely human capacity for language, especially the ability to convey abstract, infinite, specific meanings across a variety of modes for natural language, including both speech and sign. Our work spans the subfields of formal semantics, pragmatics, syntax, bilingualism, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics in an effort to understand the relationship between linguistic meaning, language mode, language development, and human cognition.
On November 19, Sarah Murray (Cornell University) and Gregory Scontras (University of California, Irvine) will come all day to work with Kate and Amy Rose Deal on their project on the influence of linguistic form on quantity judgments.
On March 24, we initiated our first filming session in the new lab! Prof. Kazumi Matsuoka (Keio University) and her collaborator Uiko Yano (a researcher of Ehime-Oshima Island Sign Language) came all the way from Japan to work with Kate and Deanna Gagne (UConn) on a project involving domain restriction and quantification crosslinguistically. Read more about Matsuoka, Yano, visit from Japan