Ira Noveck

Senior Scientist - Directeur de recherche CNRS

My work investigates inference making.  I am especially taken with the way logical terms -- for example if, and, not, or, Some, must, etc. -- are processed.  Though my background is in the psychology of reasoning,  it became clear to me early on that analyses from linguistics -- and specifically semantics and pragmatics -- need to be considered as well. This led to a research program called Experimental Pragmatics that was developed in collaboration with Dan Sperber. 

Following up on the pioneering work of researchers such as Guy Politzer, Sam Glucksberg, Herb Clark, Ray Gibbs & Tony Sanford, this area tests semantic and pragmatic theory using a panoply of experimental techniques from psycholinguistics, developmental psychology and neuro-imagery.   Though my main focus has been on logical terms, I investigate issues of reasoning and pragmatics more generally (including figurative language).

To see my publications from the last ten years, click Publications under my name on the left.

Publications:

  • Katsos, N., Cummins C., Ezeizabarrena M-J., Gavarro A., Kraljević J. Kuvač, Hrzica G., et al. (2016).  Cross-linguistic patterns in the acquisition of quantifiers. PNAS.

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  • Chevallier, C., Bonnefond M., Van der Henst J-B., & Noveck I. (2010).  Using ERPs to capture inferential processes guided by prosodic cues. Italian Journal of Linguistics / Rivista di linguistica.

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  • Noveck, I., Bonnefond M., & Van der Henst J-B. (2011).  A deflationary account of invited inferences. Belgian Journal of Linguistics.

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  • Van der Henst, J-B., Chevallier C., Schaeken W., Mercier H., & Noveck I. (2008).  Dealing with indeterminacy in spatial descriptions. Psychological Research.

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  • Chevallier, C., Wilson D., Happé F., & Noveck I. (2010).  Scalar Inferences in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 40(9), 

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  • Spotorno, N., & Noveck I. (2014).  When Is Irony Effortful?. Journal of Experimental Psychology : General. 143(4), 

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  • Katsos, N., Ezeizabarrena M-J., Gavarro A., Kraljevic J. Kuvac, Hrzica G., Grohmann K., et al. (2012).  The Acquisition of Quantification across Languages: Some Predictions. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 36TH ANNUAL BOSTON UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT, VOLS 1 AND 2.

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  • Spotorno, N., Koun E., Prado J., Van der Henst J-B., & Noveck I. A. (2011).  Can irony reveal extensive theory of mind activation?. Neurobiology of Language Conference.

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  • Chevallier, C., Noveck I. A., Nazir T., Bott L., Lanzetti V., & Sperber D. (2008).  Making disjunctions exclusive.. Q J Exp Psychol (Hove).

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  • Noveck, I., Van der Henst J-B., Rossi S., & Mercier H. (2007).  Psychologie cognitive et raisonnement. Psychologies du raisonnement.

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  • Noveck, I., Mercier H., & Van der Henst J-B. (2007).  To what extent do social contracts affect performance on Wason's selection task. Integrating the mind: Domain General versus Domain Specific Processes in Higher Cognition.

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  • Noveck, I.A.., Guelminger R.., Georgieff N.., & Labruyere N.. (2007).  What autism can tell us about Every...not sentences. Journal of Semantics.

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  • Sedivy, J.., Carston R.., Noveck I.A.., & Geurts B.. (2007).  Processing Meaning. Journal of Semantics .

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  • Kronmüller, E., Noveck I. A., Krarzia M. Ikram, & Charafeddine R. (2011).  A perspective-free interpretation of negation. Xprag 2011.

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  • Noveck, I.A.., & Prado J.. (2007).  Intelligence and reasoning are not one and the same. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 30(2), 

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  • Noveck, I., & Politzer G.. (2002).  Le raisonnement propositionnel. Le raisonnement humain.

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  • Noveck, I., Chierchia G., Chevaux F., Guelminger R., & Sylvestre E. (2002).  Linguistic-pragmatic factors in interpreting disjunctions. Thinking & Reasoning. 8(4), 

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  • Noveck, I., Bianco M., & Castry A. (2000).  The Costs and Benefits of Metaphor. Metaphor and Symbol. 16(1&2), 

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  • O'Brien, D.. P., Braine M.. D., Connell J.. W., Noveck I.. A., Fisch S.. M., & Fun E.. (1989).  Reasoning about conditional sentences: development of understanding of cues to quantification.. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 48(1), 

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