DAY ONE – Thursday, July 8

9:00 – 9:30 Getting ready for the online edition & technical tutorial

9:30 – 9:45 INTRODUCTION AND WELCOMING – Francesca M. Bosco

9:45 – 10:45 Invited Speaker: JUDITH HOLLER – Multimodal language in human social interaction

10:45 – 11:10 Homemade COFFEE BREAK

Chair: Filippo Domaneschi

11:10 – 11:30 Ira Noveck, Martial Foegel & Giusy Turco. ‘Does 11 = eleven?’

11:30 – 11:50 Bob van Tiel & Elizabeth Pankratz. ‘Adjectival polarity and the processing of scalar implicatures’

11:50 – 12:10 Francesca Panzeri & Francesca Foppolo. ‘Children (and adults) sensitivity to some ‘but not all’ Gricean Maxims’

12:10 – 12:30 Mathias Barthel & Mingya Liu. ‘Interpreting conditional connectives: bi-conditionality and conditional perfection’

12:30 – 14:00 Homemade LUNCH

Chair: Francesca M. Bosco

14:00 – 14:20 Paola Del Sette, Luca Ronchi, Valentina Bambini & Serena Lecce. ‘Investigating the association between metaphor understanding and social relationships in middle childhood: a one-year longitudinal study’

14:20 – 14:40 Bálint Forgács, Judit Gervain, Eugenio Parise, Gergely Csibra, György Gergely, Lívia Priyanka Elek, Zsuzsanna Üllei Kovács & Ildikó Király. ‘Pulling Apart the Social N400: The Attribution of Comprehension During Communication’

14:40 – 15:00 Inbal Kuperwasser & Einat Shetreet. ‘The effect of factive and non-factive verbs on social judgment’

15:00 – 16:00 Invited Speaker: ALAN LESLIE – Baptism, correcting for false belief

16:00 – 17:30 Homemade COFFEE BREAK & POSTER SESSION 1

17:30 – 17:50 Marta Bosia, Giulia Agostoni, Elisabetta Tonini, Mariachiara Buonocore, Margherita Bechi, Ilaria Ferri, Roberto Cavallaro & Valentina Bambini. ‘Efficacy of “PragmaCom Training” in schizophrenia: a RCT on a novel pragmatic intervention’

17:50 – 18:10 Zsuzsanna Schnell, Robert Herold, Tamás Tényi & Eszter Varga. ‘The social brain and its compensatory strategies in pragmatic processing – Neuropragmatics in schizophrenia’

18:10 – 18:30 Alberto Parola, Claudio Brasso, Rosalba Morese, Consuelo Valentini, Paola Rocca, Francesca M. Bosco. ‘Communicative-pragmatic impairment in schizophrenia: an analysis of error performance using signal detection theory’


9:00 – 9:10 WELCOMING

Chair: Ilaria Gabbatore  

9:10 – 10:10 Invited speaker: MAUD CHAMPAGNE-LAVAU Non Literal Language Comprehension: Clinical Perspective

10:10 – 11:30 Homemade COFFEE BREAK & POSTER SESSION 2

11:30 – 11:50 Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos, Ira Noveck & Jack Tomlinson. ‘Intentionality, speaker’s attitude and the processing of verbal irony’

11:50 – 12:10 Luca Bischetti, Paolo Canal, Chiara Bertini, Irene Ricci, Serena Lecce & Valentina Bambini. ‘Cracking smiles by different joke types: the zygomaticus major response’

12:10 – 12:30 Dize Hilviu, Ilaria Gabbatore, Alberto Parola & Francesca M. Bosco. ‘The pattern of pragmatic decay in healthy aging: a focus on deceit and irony’

12:30 – 12:50 Beatrice Giustolisi & Francesca Panzeri. ‘Every smile you fake, I’ll be watching you. The role of facial expressions in the recognition of irony’

12:50 – 14:00 Homemade LUNCH

Chair: Valentina Bambini

14:00 – 15:00 Invited speaker: BRUNO G. BARA – Revisiting Cognitive Pragmatics: a travel through theoretical pragmatics, developmental pragmatics and neuropragmatics

15:00 – 15:20 Chao Sun, Katharina Spalek & Richard Breheny. ‘Investigating the use of alternatives in incremental processing: A visual world eye-tracking study’

15:20 – 15:40 Katja Dindar, Soile Loukusa, Leena Mäkinen, Antti Siipo, Seppo Laukka, Antti Rantanen, Marja-Leena Mattila, Tuula Hurtig & Hanna Ebeling. ‘Relationship between pragmatic understanding and visual attention allocation in young adults on the autism spectrum and neurotypical young adults’

15:40 – 16:00 Giorgio Arcara, Daniela D’Imperio, Sara Lago, Laura Passarini, Martina Garzon, Marco Zorzi, Francesca Meneghello & Valentina Bambini. ‘Beyond clinical neuropsychology dogmas: pragmatic abilities in right- and left-hemisphere stroke’

16:00 – 16:30 Homemade COFFEE BREAK

Chair: Filippo Domaneschi

16:30 – 16:50 Josephine Bowerman, Nausicaa Pouscoulous & Ingrid Lossius Falkum. ‘Great British ‘moustaches’: the acquisition of metonymy in adult learners of English as an additional language (EAL)’

16:50 – 17:10 Ali Al-Moussaoui & Penka Stateva. ‘The anti-duality inference: Implications for cross-linguistic variation and L2 learning’

17:10 – 17:30 Nadine Balbach, Thomas Roeper, Dagmar Bittner. ‘L1 Acquisition of Presuppositions Triggered by Exceptives like “but”’

17:30 – 17:50 Simona Di Paola, Nausicaa Pouscoulous, Filippo Domaneschi. ‘The Development of Presupposition: Preschoolers’ understanding of regret and also’






1. Anna Teresa Porrini – Existence and uniqueness in definite descriptions: An experimental study

2. Zsuzsanna Schnell – Discourse in development: Experimental study on the unfolding of the ability to recognize the infringement of Gricean Maxims

3. Max S. Dunn III & Zhenguang G. Cai – Examining Maxim of Quantity Differences in Human Directed Versus Computer Directed Speech

4. Derya Cokal & Masimo Poesio – Set-subset effect on the processing of plurals

5. Natalia Zevakhina & Elena Pasal’skaya – Overspecification of number in reference production

6. Shreyasi Desai, Janet McLean, Claire Lawrence & Ruth Filik – The impact of hyperbole on the perception of victim testimony

7. Giulia Agostoni, Valentina Bambini, Margherita Bechi, Mariachiara Buonocore, Francesca Martini, Jacopo Sapienza, Roberto Cavallaro & Marta Bosia – Communicative-pragmatic abilities mediate the relationship between cognition and daily functioning in schizophrenia

8. Maria Di Maro, Hendrik Buschmeier, Stefan Kopp & Francesco Cutugno – Clarification Requests Negotiating Personal Common Ground

9. Eszter Ronai & Ming Xiang – Scalar diversity in discourse contexts

10. Mariia Pronina, Iris Hübscher, Judith Holler & Pilar Prieto – Mental state training and sociopragmatic development of preschool children

11. Elena Albu, Oksana Tsaregorodtseva & Barbara Kaup – Contrary to expectations: Does context influence the processing cost associated with negation?

12. Francesca Ervas, PIetro Salis & Rachele Fanari – Metaphors and defeasible reasoning in health communication

13. Nitzan Trainin & Einat Shetreet – Learning speaker-specific adjective ordering preferences

14. Naomi Nota, James Trujillo & Judith Holler – Facial signals and social actions in multimodal face-to-face interaction

15. Nicolò D’Agruma – Ambiguity and proper names

16. Elena Gavruseva – The Pragmatics of Indefinite Determiners in English: An Experimental Study

17. Kira Van Voorhees, Camilo Rodriguez Ronderos & Ira Noveck – On generalizing pragmatic effects to online studies: Bott & Noveck’s (2004) Experiment 3

18. Andrea Beltrama & Anna Papafragou – The social cost of maxims violation: Pragmatic behavior informs speaker evaluation

19. Shenshen Wang, Chao Sun & Richard Breheny – Verifying negative sentences – How context influences which strategy is used

20. Shaokang Jin & Richard Breheny – Viewing the Metaphor Interference Effect in context

21. Martina Montalti, Marta Calbi, Valentina Cuccio, Maria Alessandra Umiltà & Vittorio Gallese – The role of motor inhibition in implicit negation processing: theoretical reflections based on a Go/NoGo study

22. James Trujillo & Judith Holler – Questions and Responses in Motion: Torso Movements Provide Early Signals of What Interlocutors Do in Conversation

23. Pietro Mingardi, Chiara Finocchiaro & Francesco Vespignani – What define a negative sentence as felicitous?

24. Ofer Brodatch, Yechezkel Shabanov & Einat Shetreet – Double Negation modifying Scalar and Non-scalar adjectives


25. Teresa Limata, Monica Bucciarelli & Francesco Ianì – What were you doing while hearing that phrase? Performed actions should affect memory of action phrases

26. Nicolas Ruytenbeek – How does complaint realization affect third parties? A psychophysiological study of the emotional correlates of Twitter complaints   

27. Melinda Pozzi & Diana Mazzarella – The effect of coordination on epistemic and interpersonal trust    

28. Natalia Zevakhina & Veronika Prigorkina – If-Clauses and Quantity Inferences

29. Davide Garassino, Nicola Brocca & Viviana Masia – The cognitive load of implicit meaning. Measuring the reaction times of two presupposition triggers     

30. Simone Morehed Comprehension and interpretation of (dis)agreement in interaction by advanced L2 learners of French   

31. Laura Margarita Merino Hernández – The inception of false memories

32. Walter Schaeken – The effect of age and order in direct contrasting but-sentences: a first exploration             

33. Camilo R. Ronderos, Ira Noveck & Ingrid Lossius Falkum – Imprecise interpretations of English absolute adjectives: Processing cost and effect of context     

34. Greta Mazzaggio, Hortense de Bettignies & Diana Mazzarella – The Processing of Irony Across the Lifespan                

35. Francesca Ervas, Davide Fazio, Lucrezia Pelizzon & Antonio Ledda – Metaphors and stereotypes of occupation in conditional reasoning          

36. Sandy Ciroux – When Your Gestures Get Rhetorical

37. Lucrezia Pelizzon & Francesca Ervas – The interpretation of (verbal vs. visual) conditional reasoning tasks

38. Claudio Palominos, Alicia Figueroa & Pablo Gaspar – Using speech connectedness measures to predict psychosis

39. Giulia Bettelli & Francesca Panzeri – Written irony is easy to understand 😖



1. Anat Kasirer – Verbal and figural creativity in children with autism spectrum disorder and typical development

2. Federico Cassioli & Michela Balconi – In-app advertising, the effect of animation and interactivity: an eye-tracking study

3. Maria Alice Baraldi, Simona Di Paola, Laura Avanzino, Giovanna Lagravinese, Elisa Pelosin & Filippo Domaneschi – Pragmatic Abilities in early Parkinson’s Disease

4. Paolo Canal, Giacomo Ranieri, Luca Bischetti, Elisabetta Tonini, Chiara Bertini, Irene Ricci & Valentina Bambini – Electrophysiological correlates of picturing metaphors: the role of modality and mental imagery in processing

5. Sara Lago, Francesca Bevilacqua, Maria Rosaria Stabile, Valentina Bambini & Giorgio Arcara – Selective pragmatic impairment in a patient with Multiple Sclerosis during relapse and cortisone treatment

6. Yolanda García Lorenzo, Élise Clin & Mikhail Kissine – Irony is not always difficult. A study about irony comprehension in high-functioning autism spectrum disorder

7. Federico Frau, Dize Hilviu, Alberto Parola, Ilaria Gabbatore, Francesca Marina Bosco & Andrea Marini – Stability and decline of narrative abilities in healthy ageing

8. Irene Ceccato, Valentina Bambini, Elisabetta Tonini, Luca Bischetti, Elena Cavallini & Serena Lecce – Metaphor understanding and theory of mind in middle and late adulthood

9. Anna Babarczy & Andrea Balazs – Cognitive resources predict the success of deriving implicatures among preschoolers

10. Adina Camelia Bleotu, Anton Benz & Nicole Gotzner – Children derive some global implicatures, but almost no local implicatures with quantifiers embedded under epistemic adverbs: Evidence from a shadow-playing paradigm

11. Giuseppe Di Cesare, Valentina Cuccio, Massimo Marchi & Alessandra Sciutti – Communicative and affective components in auditory vitality forms processing: an fMRI study

12. Kerttu Huttunen & Joanna Löytömäki – Children with typical development and neurodevelopmental disorders as explanators of figurative language

13. Ximena Restrepo Lora – Relations between pragmatic competence and Theory of mind: effects of two training programs in 4-year-old children.

14. Beáta Gyuris, Cecília Sarolta Molnár & Katalin Mády – Experimenting with the bias profiles of positive polar interrogatives in Hungarian

15. Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri, Viviana Masia, Emanuela Piciucco, Patrizio Campisi & Emanuele Maiorana – Presupposition and assertion processing when the information is already “known”: evidence from event-related brain potentials

16. Michela Camia, Erika Benassi & Maristella Scorza – Do pragmatic difficulties influence well being in young adults with Specific Learning Disorder?

17. Michela Balconi & Laura Angioletti – From multisensory integration to intention-to-buy: a pilot study on pragmatics and aesthetic effects of advertising

18. Natalia Zevakhina & Daria Gornshteyn – Presupposition Homogeneity: Evidence from an Understudied Language

19. Greta Mazzaggio – Explicit Gender Stereotyping in Bilingualism

20. Eleonora Marocchini, Simona Di Paola & Filippo Domaneschi – Understanding Conventionalized Indirect Requests

21. Ahmed Khorsheed, Sabariah Md Rashid, Vahid Nimehchisalem, Lee Geok Imm & Jessica Price – On the computation of scalar implicatures among L2 English speakers

22. Chiara Mazzocconi, Vladislav Maraev, Vidya Somashekarappa & Christine Howes – “Is it ok if I laugh now?”: Laughter and gaze coordination in interaction


23. Camilla Crawshaw, Carina Lüke & Ute Ritterfeld – Predicting later advanced language, pragmatic, and meta-cognitive skills from initiations of joint interaction and communicative goals in earlier development

24. Nicolas Petit, Jérôme Prado, Nicolas Georgieff, Marie-Maude Geoffray & Ira Noveck – The TIPi (Test des inférences pragmatiques informatisé©): A new assessment tool for pragmatic inferences in children with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental conditions

25. Giulia Bettelli, Beatrice Giustolisi & Francesca Panzeri – Will video kill the radio stars? Crosslinguistic recognition of irony through visual and acoustic cues

26. Dize Hilviu, Ilaria Gabbatore & Francesca M. Bosco – Pragmatic competence across typical development: What’s the role of inferential ability?

27. Mathias Barthel, Rosario Tomasello & Mingya Liu – Brain signatures of processing conditionals: semantic vs. pragmatic bi-conditionality

28. Rebecca Kvisler Iversen & Ingrid Lossius Falkum – Verbal irony comprehension in TD and ASD children: The impact of perspective-taking skills and language norms

29. Camilo R. Ronderos, Ira Noveck & Ingrid Lossius Falkum – How do we develop imprecise interpretations? An investigation proposal on Norwegian children’s comprehension of contextualized absolute adjectives

30. Veronica Moreno Campos & David Navarro Ciurana – “What happens here?”: Narrative superstructure’s development from 3-7 years-old

31. Line Sjøtun Helganger & Ingrid Lossius Falkum – Accessing children’s pragmatic competence through intonational production

32. Alice Rees – Priming children’s number interpretations

33. Ana Milosavljevic, Thomas Castelain, Nausicaa Pouscoulous & Diana Mazzarella – The effect of second-order epistemic vigilance on irony comprehension in children

34. Kristen Schroeder, Isabel Martín & Ingrid Falkum – The helmet joins the team: assessing novel metonymy comprehension in Autism Spectrum Conditions in a game-like task

35. Chiara Mazzocconi, Axel Barrault &Maud Champagne-Lavau – Does laughter cue ironic intent?

36. Francesca Ervas & Maria Grazia Rossi – Testing epistemic injustice toward people with mental disorders

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