Publications & Talks

(members of M&M Lab listed in bold)

Note: If you're having trouble accessing any of the papers or documents, please don't hesitate to email the authors for a copy!


  • Tess Monks and Kathryn Davidson. Demonstrative Shift and Proximal Markedness. Talk at Formal Diachronic Semantics (FODS) 6, Sept 6-7. [slides]
  • Giuseppe Ricciardi and Joshua Martin. Epistemic modality and the true nature of eavesdropping judgments. Poster at the 47th Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP), June 28-July 2 [Poster]
  • Hande Sevgi. Syntax on its own is not enough: Sign language classifiers. Poster at the 57th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, May 6-8.
  • Ethan Wilcox, Roger Levy and Kathryn Davidson.  Which Presuppositions are Subject to Contextual Felicity Constraints? Poster at Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 31, May 7-9.
  • Hande Sevgi. One root to build them all: Classifier constructions in sign languages. Poster at the 39th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), April 8-11.
  • Yuhan Zhang,  Giuseppe Ricciardi,  and Kathryn Davidson.  How many response options in a TVJT? It  depends.  Short talk  at  the  34th  annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March 4-6. [slides]
  • Joshua Martin. D-linking and the semantics of wh-in-situ. Poster at the LSA Annual Meeting, Jan 7-10.
  • Kathryn Davidson & Deanna Gagne. “More is up” for domain restriction in ASL. To appear in Semantics & Pragmatics[paper, revised Dec 2020]
  • Kathryn Davidson. Implicatures - Theoretical and experimental perspectives. In Josep Quer, Roland Pfau & Annika Herrmann (eds.), Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research. Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group. [paper]


  • Masoud Jasbi, Annika McDermott-Hinman, Kathryn Davidson and Susan Carey. Parents’ and Children’s Production of English Negation. Talk at the 45th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), November 5-8. [proceedings paper]
  • Kathryn Davidson. A negative concord stage in the acquistion of negative polarity items. Poster at the 45th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), November 5-8. [poster]
  • Johanna Alstott and Masoud Jasbi. Lexicalization of quantificational forces in adverbial and determiner domains. Poster at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, July 29-Aug 1.
  • Annemarie Kocab, Kathryn Davidson, and Jesse Snedeker. The emergence of natural language quantification. Talk at the Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory (FEAST) conference, June 23-25.
  • Teodora Mihoc and Kathryn Davidson. Superlative-modified numerals and negation: A negotiable cost. Talk at the 1st ELM (Experiments in Linguistic Meaning) conference, September 16-18. [proceedings paper]
  • Yuhan Zhang and Kathryn Davidson. De re interpretation in belief reports -An experimental investigation. Poster at the 1st ELM (Experiments in Linguistic Meaning) conference, September 16-18. [proceedings paper]
  • Kate Henninger and Kathryn Davidson. Manual and Nonmanual Negation in American Sign Language: A Corpus Study. Poster at the Penn Linguistics Colloquium, March 27-29. (Conference cancelled, paper available)


  • Kathryn Davidson, Annemarie Kocab, Andrea D. Sims, & Laura Wagner. The relationship between verbal form and event structure in sign languages. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1), 123. [free publisher download]
  • Kathryn Davidson. Alternatives: The view from sign language loci. Invited talk at the Amsterdam Colloquium, Dec. 18-20.
  • Kathryn Davidson. Is "experimental" a gradable predicate? Invited talk at NELS, MIT, October 25-27. [proceedings draft, revised July 2020]
  • Dorothy Ahn. ASL IX to locus as a modifier. Talk at NELS, MIT, October 25-27.
  • Kathryn Davidson. Negation in Flux: a negative concord stage in child English. Talk at the Meaning in Flux workshop, Yale, Oct. 10-12. 
  • Ronice Quadros, Kathryn Davidson, Diane Lillo-Martin, & Karen Emmorey. Code-blending with Depicting Signs. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. [pdf][publisher download]
  • Jessica Sullivan, Kathryn Davidson, Shirlene Wade, David Barner. Differentiating scalar implicature from exclusion inferences in language acquisition. Journal of Child Language 46(4), 733-759. [publisher download]
  • Dorothy Ahn, Annemarie Kocab, & Kathryn Davidson. The role of contrast in anaphoric expressions in ASL. Proceedings of GLOW-in-Asia XII, Seoul Korea. 6-9 August 2019. [paper]
  • Annemarie Kocab, Dorothy Ahn, Gunnar Lund, & Kathryn Davidson. Reconsidering agreement in sign languages. Poster at GLOW 42, Oslo, Norway. May 7-11, 2019. [abstract] [poster]
  • Dorothy Ahn. The blocking of anaphoric bare nouns. Talk at GLOW 42, Oslo, Norway. May 7-11, 2019. [abstract]
  • Aurore Gonzalez. Question-Answer Clauses: relation to focus. Invited talk at NYU Semantics Group, NYU, April 26, 2019.
  • Alexander Klapheke & Kathryn Davidson.  NPI Intervention: Crosslinguistic Data. Proceedings of the Tubingen conference on Linguistic Evidence. [free publisher download]
  • Christina Zlogar, Kate Henninger, & Kathryn Davidson. Negating depictive modifiers in sign language and in co-speech gesture. Poster at LSA Annual Meeting, New York, NY. January 3-6, 2019. [poster]
  • Taylor Joyce. A unified contrastive analysis of lateral shift in American Sign Language. Poster at LSA Annual Meeting, New York, NY. January 3-6, 2019. [poster]


  • Aurore Gonzalez. Countability Distinctions without Linguistic Cues.  Proceedings of ConSOLE XXVI. [paper]
  • Kathryn Davidson. What belongs in the “logical core” of a language? Theoretical Linguistics 44(3-4), 227-237. [paper]
  • Aurore Gonzalez, Kate Henninger, & Kathryn Davidson. Answering negative questions in American Sign Language. Talk at RALFe 2018, Paris, France. December 6-7, 2018.
  • Aurore Gonzalez, Kate Henninger, & Kathryn Davidson. Answering negative questions in American Sign Language. Talk at NELS 49, Ithaca, NY. October 5-7, 2018. [abstract][slides][proceedings paper (2019)]
  • Christina Zlogar & Kathryn Davidson. Effects of linguistic context on the acceptability of co-speech gestures. Glossa 3(1), 73. [free publisher download]
  • Dorothy Ahn Kathryn Davidson. Where pointing matters: English and Korean demonstratives. Proceedings of the 48th meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, University of Iceland. [paper]
  • Christina Zlogar, Anna Alsop, & Kathryn Davidson. Description and depiction in a reference game. Talk at XPrag: Experimental Pragmatics, Pavia Italy, May 30-June 1, 2018. [abstract]
  • Kathryn Davidson, Annemarie Kocab, Laura Wagner, & Andrea D. Sims. Verbal form and event structure in sign languages. Poster at Semantics And Linguistic Theory (SALT), MIT. May 18-20, 2018. [abstract] [poster]
  • Kathryn Davidson. Signs, speech, and gesture: integrating continuous and discrete representations into a single proposition. Invited talk at PLC 42, University of Pennsylvania. March 23-25, 2018.
  • Alexander Klapheke & Kathryn Davidson. NPI Intervention: Crosslinguistic Judgments. Talk at Linguistic Evidence 2018, Tübingen. February 15-17, 2018. [poster]
  • Elena Koulidobrova & Kathryn Davidson. Attitude embedding predicates and indexicals under role shift in ASL. In Festschrift for Angelika Kratzer. [paper]
  • Aurore Gonzalez. Countability Distinctions without Linguistic Cues. Poster at ConSOLE 2018, London. February 14-16, 2018. [abstract]  [poster]
  • Anna Alsop, Laine Stranahan, and Kathryn Davidson. Testing Contrastive Inferences from Suprasegmental Features Using Offline Measures. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America  [free publisher download]


  • Muye Zhang, Maria Piñango, & Kathryn Davidson. The development of metonymic processing as the growth of context construal ability. Poster at BUCLD 42, Boston University. November 3-5, 2017.
  • Kathryn Davidson. 2017. Building a single proposition from imagistic and categorical components. Invited commentary on Goldin-Meadow and Brentari, “Gesture, sign and language: The coming of age of sign language and gesture studies”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40. [paper]
  • Dorothy Ahn & Kathryn Davidson. Where pointing matters: English and Korean demonstratives. Poster at NELS 48, Reykjavík, Iceland. October 27-29, 2017. [abstract] [poster]
  • Kathryn Davidson & Annemarie Kocab. Event structure and verbal morphology in American Sign Language. Talk at the Language and Cognition group meeting, Harvard University. September 5, 2017.
  • Laura Wagner, Carlo Geraci, Jeremy Kuhn, Kathryn Davidson, & Brent Strickland. Children’s Detection of Iconic Telicity in Sign Language. Poster at 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Lyon. July 17-21, 2017.
  • Teodora Mihoc & Kathryn Davidson. Testing a PPI analysis of superlative modified numerals. Talk at XPrag 2017, Cologne. June 21-23, 2017. [abstract]
  • Ronice Quadros, Kathryn Davidson, Diane Lillo-Martin, & Karen Emmorey. Depicting Signs in Bimodal Bilingual Code-Blending. Talk at FEAST Reykjavík. June 21-22, 2017. [handout]
  • Dorothy Ahn. Semantics of definite descriptions: A micro-typology. Talk at GLOW in Asia XI, Singapore. February 20-22, 2017. [abstract]
  • Kathryn Davidson. Combining continuous and discrete representations in speech, sign, and gesture. Talk at the Cognition, Brain, & Behavior Research Seminar, Harvard University. January 26, 2017. [abstract summary]
  • Carina Kauf & Kathryn Davidson. Introducing demonstration complements in spoken/written languages. Talk at LSA 2017, Austin, TX. January 5-8, 2017. [abstract]
  • Gregory Scontras, Kathryn Davidson, Amy Rose Deal, & Sarah E. Murray. Who has more? The influence of linguistic form on quantity judgments. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America. [paper]
  • Kathryn Davidson, Annemarie Kocab, Andrea D. Sims, & Laura Wagner. Telicity Encoding in American Sign Language: Testing the Event Visibility Hypothesis. Talk at LSA 2017, Austin, TX. January 5-8, 2017. [abstract]


  • Kathryn Davidson & Ivano Caponigro. 2016. Embedding polar interrogative clauses in American Sign Language. In Roland Pfau, Markus Steinbach & Annika Herrmann, A Matter of Complexity: Subordination in Sign Languages, Sign Languages and Deaf Communities, Mouton de Gruyer. [paper]
  • Teodora Mihoc. More evidence of heterogeneity in the class of comparative and superlative numeral modifiers. Talk at the Language and Cognition group meeting, Harvard University. November 29, 2016.
  • Corina Goodwin, Kathryn Davidson, & Diane Lillo-Martin. English Article Use in Bimodal Bilingual Children with Cochlear Implants: Effects of Language Transfer and Early Language Exposure. Talk at BUCLD 41, Boston University. Nov. 4-6, 2016.
  • Laura Wagner, Carlo Geraci, Jeremy Kuhn, Kathryn Davidson, & Brent Strickland. Is Telicity in Sign Languages Visible to Children? Poster at BUCLD 41, Boston University. Nov. 4-6, 2016 [poster]
  • Kathryn Davidson. Quotation, Classifier Predicates, and a Formal Semantics for Event Demonstrations. Invited talk at the University of Toronto. Oct. 21, 2016
  • Kathryn Davidson. The contribution of sign languages toward a new unified picture of conjunction and disjunction. Invited talk at MIT Workshop on Exhaustivity 2016, MIT. Sept. 10, 2016
  • Dorothy Ahn. Weak, strong, and deictic: Three kinds of definites. Poster at Sinn und Bedeutung 21, University of Edinburgh. Sept. 4-6, 2016.
  • Kathryn Davidson. Experimental approaches to studying meaning in speech, sign, and gesture. Talk at the Invited Symposium on Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics, 42nd Meeting Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of Texas at Austin. June 1-4, 2016.
  • Kathryn Davidson & Ronice Müller de Quadros (UFSC, Harvard University). Blending speech with depicting signs: syntactic, semantic, and semiotic insights into language. Talk at SignFest 2016, Boston University. April 30, 2016.
  • Allison Durkin, Deanna Gagne, & Kathryn Davidson. 2016. English speakers and American Sign Language (ASL) signers extend the MORE IS UP to subset/superset relationships for quantification, presentation at International Society for Gesture Studies, Paris, July. 18-22 [poster]

Select papers from 2015 and earlier

  • Kathryn Davidson. 2015. Quotation, Demonstration, and Iconicity. Linguistics & Philosophy 38(6), 477-520. [publisher download]
  • Kathryn Davidson & Rachel I. Mayberry. 2015. Do adults show an effect of delayed first language acquisition when calculating scalar implicatures?. Language acquisition 22(4): 329-354. [publisher download]
  • Kathryn Davidson, Diane Lillo-Martin, & Deborah Chen Pichler. 2014. Spoken English language development among native signing children with cochlear implants. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 19.2: 238-250. [free publisher download]
  • Kathryn Davidson & Deanna Gagne. 2014. Vertical representation of quantifier domains. Sinn und Bedeutung 18. 110-127. [paper]
  • Kathryn Davidson. 2014. Scalar implicatures in a signed language. Sign Language & Linguistics 17(1). 1-19. [paper]
  • Kathryn Davidson. 2013. 'And' or 'Or': General Use Coordination in ASL. Semantics & Pragmatics 6(4). 1-44. [free publisher download] 
  • Kathryn Davidson, Kortney Eng, & David Barner.  2012. Does learning to count involve a semantic induction?. Cognition. 123(1): 162-173. [publisher download]
  • Ivano Caponigro & Kathryn Davidson. 2011. Ask, and tell as well: Question–Answer Clauses in American Sign Language. Natural Language Semantics. 19(4). 323-371. [publisher download