By highlighting relations between experimental and theoretical work, this volume explores new ways of addressing one of the central challenges in the study of language and cognition. The articles bring together work by leading scholars and younger researchers in psychology, linguistics and philosophy. An introductory chapter lays out the background on concept composition, a problem that is stimulating much new research in cognitive science. Researchers in this interdisciplinary domain aim to explain how meanings of complex expressions are derived from simple lexical concepts and to show how these meanings connect to concept representations. Traditionally, much of the work on concept composition has been carried out within separate disciplines, where cognitive psychologists have concentrated on concept representations, and linguists and philosophers have focused on the meaning and use of logical operators. This volume demonstrates an important change in this situation, where convergence points between these three disciplines in cognitive science are emerging and are leading to new findings and theoretical insights.
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About the Author
Yoad Winter is a linguist specializing in formal semantics. After obtaining his MSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University, and PhD in Linguistics from Utrecht University, he was appointed as lecturer in Computer Science at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. After having worked as an associate professor at Technion, he moved to Utrecht University in 2010, where he was appointed as a full professor in Semantics and Artificial Intelligence in 2014. Over the last twenty years he has published extensively in the area of formal semantics. His monograph Flexibility Principles in Boolean Semantics appeared with MIT Press (2001), and his advanced textbook Elements of Formal Semantics with Edinburgh University Press (2016). His main interests are plurality, logical operators in language, spatial expressions, computational reasoning and African drum languages.