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The Coffee Shop Sign The Context Place: a college coffee shop Time: 8 am on the Monday of finals week during the winter term (e.g. March 10) Cast: Kevin, the guy behind the counter, who has a weird sense of humor. Miscellaneous sleepy students who have been studying hard for finals. WAL

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The Context

  • Place: a college coffee shop

  • Time: 8 am on the Monday of finals week during the winter term (e.g. March 10)

  • Cast: Kevin, the guy behind the counter, who has a weird sense of humor. Miscellaneous sleepy students who have been studying hard for finals. WAL


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The Action

  • WAL goes into the coffeeshop to get a cup of coffee.

  • Greets Kevin, orders coffee.

  • Gets coffee and turns to pay, when he see the following sign posted beside the cash register:


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Kevin’s Sign

Do not serve dead customers.

To anybody.


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Some questions

  • Why do we laugh at the end of the first line?

  • Why do we laugh more at the end of the second?

  • What semantic knowledge is involved here?

  • What processes are involved here?


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The verb feed

  • Do not feed the pigeons.

  • ?Do not feed the corn.

  • Do not feed the pigeons (the corn).

  • Do not feed the corn *(to the pigeons).


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The verb sell

  • Do not sell the cups.

  • ?Do not sell the students.

  • Do not sell the students ?(the cups).

  • Do not sell the cups (to the students).


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The verb serve

  • Do not serve the soup.

  • Do not serve the students.

  • Do not serve the students (the soup).

  • Do not sell the soup (to the students).


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Conclusions

  • Detailed linguistic knowledge determines what possible interpretations are available.

  • Lots of background information and “normal expectations” influence the construction of interpretation.

  • We can be misled in recognizing which linguistic expression was uttered.


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Multiple interpretations

  • The clowns all sat on Jumbo’s trunk.

  • Sandra talked to Maria about her aunt.

  • The chancellor told the proctor to stop drinking in the dorms.

  • I didn’t buy an SUV because they use a lot of gas.


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One more example…

A: I just won a chance to have dinner with Ozzie Osbourne and his family.

B: Great! Are you going to take a bat?

Thanks to Deirdre Wilson.


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