International Journal article  

de Carvalho, A., Dautriche, I., Lin, I. & Christophe, A. (2017). Phrasal prosody constrains syntactic analysis in toddlers. Cognition, 163, 67-79. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2017.02.018

Questions, answers, and the typology of logical connectives (joint work with Moysh Bar-Lev)

Why are AND and OR the only binary connectives that are lexicalized as simplex? Horn (1972), who first observed this striking typological fact, suggested an account that relied on communicative considerations, and in particular on the strengthening of utterances in conversation through scalar implicature. Much subsequent work on Horn’s pattern has adopted this idea, and we will make use of it in this talk.

Why we need more monuments : A case for the ‘reuse strategy’

The discussion surrounding what to do with especially ‘tainted’ monuments—to figures such as Confederate generals, colonialist figures like Cecil Rhodes, or even more generally esteemed figures who nonetheless have checkered human rights histories such as the slave-owning George Washington, the U.S.-expansionist Abraham Lincoln, and the white-paternalizing Theodore Roosevelt—tends to be framed as a choice between removal or preservation. That said, other options in between these stark positions are sometimes floated.

The Generative Monument

In this seminar I trace a narrative of development in the aesthetics of monuments from 18th and 19th c. monuments (typically equestrian or portrait statues) ; to largely abstract “alter-monuments” (Bru, 2021) of the classical avant-gardes (in the early 20th c.) ; through “counter-monuments” (Young, 1992) of the post WW II era, to what I see as the contemporary vanguard of monumental forms, what I call “the generative monument.” I will focus on the most exemplary case of which I am aware, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

The Importance of Aesthetics in Controversies over ‘Tainted Monuments’

Contemporary debates between "removalists" and "preservationists" of monuments (Joanna Burch-Brown 2017 ; Helen Frowe 2019 ; Travis Timmerman 2020 ; T. H. Lai 2020 ; Benjamin Cohen Rossi 2020, among many others) tend to focus entirely on the moral and political-philosophical dimensions of these structures. And aestheticians who have turned their attention to these debates have largely treated monuments as akin to speech acts (Nguyen 2019, Liao and Friedell 2022). Thus, these discussions have tended to ignore their status as material works of public commemorative art.