Upcoming Presentations


  • Laura Wagner, Carlo Geraci, Jeremy Kuhn, Kathryn Davidson, and 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.


Recent Presentations


  • Teodora Mihoc and Kathryn Davidson. Testing a PPI analysis of superlative modified numerals. Talk at XPrag 2017, Cologne. June 21-23, 2017.

  • Ronice Quadros, Kathryn Davidson, Diane Lillo-Martin, Karen Emmorey. Depicting Signs in Bimodal Bilingual Code-Blending. Talk at FEAST Reykjavík. June 21-22, 2017.
  • Dorothy Ahn. Semantics of definite descriptions: A micro-typology. Talk at GLOW in Asia XI, Singapore. February 20-22, 2017.

  • 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.
  • Carina Kauf and Kathryn Davidson. Introducing demonstration complements in spoken/written languages. Talk at LSA 2017, Austin, TX. January 5-8, 2017.

  • Gregory Scontras, Kathryn Davidson, Amy Rose Deal, Sarah E. Murray. Who has more? The influence of linguistic form on quantity judgments.Talk at LSA 2017, Austin, TX. January 5-8, 2017.

  • Kathryn Davidson, Annemarie Kocab, Andrea D. Sims, and Laura Wagner. Telicity Encoding in American Sign Language: Testing the Event Visibility Hypothesis. Talk at LSA 2017, Austin, TX. January 5-8, 2017.

  • 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, and 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, and B. Strickland. Is Telicity in Sign Languages Visible to Children?. Talk at BUCLD 41, Boston University. Nov. 4-6, 2016

  • Kathryn DavidsonQuotation, 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 conjonction 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 and 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.


Recent Publications


  • Davidson, Kathryn. To appear. What belongs in the “logical core” of a language? Invited commentary on P. Schlenker, Visible Meaning: Sign Language and the Foundations of Semantics Theoretical Linguistics. pdf

  • Gagne, Deanna, Kathryn Davidson & Allison Durkin. Under review. A gestural basis for the use of height to convey set size in sign languages. pdf

  • Davidson, Kathryn & Deanna Gagne. Under review. More is up. Pragmatic intuitions are grammaticalized in ASL as overt contextual domain restrictions. pdf (non-final)

  • Koulidobrova, Elena & Kathryn Davidson. Under review. Shifting the blame: attitude embedding predicates and indexicals under role-shift. pdf

  • Koulidobrova, Elena & Kathryn Davidson. In press. Watch the attitude: Role-shift and embedding in ASL. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19. pdf

  • Davidson, Kathryn. To appear. Implicatures - Theoretical and experimental perspectives. In Josep Quer, Roland Pfau & Annika Herrmann (eds.), Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research. Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group. pdf

  • Davidson, Kathryn. To appear. 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. pdf

  • Davidson, Kathryn & 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. pdf
  •  Davidson, Kathryn. 2015. Quotation, Demonstration, and Iconicity. Linguistics & Philosophy 38(6), 477-520. publisher download

  •  Davidson, Kathryn & Deanna Gagne. 2014. Vertical representation of quantifier domains. Sinn und Bedeutung 18. 110-127. pdf

  •  Davidson, Kathryn. 2014. Scalar implicatures in a signed language. Sign language and linguistics 17(1). 1-19. pdf

  •  Davidson, Kathryn. 2013. 'And' or 'Or': General Use Coordination in ASL. Semantics & Pragmatics 6(4). 1-44. pdf