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Prof. dr. ing. R.A.M. (Robert) van Rooij

Faculty of Science
ILLC

Visiting address
  • Science Park 105
  • Room number: F1.03
Postal address
  • Postbus 94242
    1090 GE Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profiel

    General

    I am professor of Logic and Cognition (with special attention to the analysis of language) at the ILLC (Faculty of Science,  the University of Amsterdam). I work on the formal semantics (e.g., generics, comparatives, questions, dynamic semantics) and pragmatics (e.g. conversational implicatures, presuppositions) of natural language, philosophy of language (e.g. propositional attitudes, reference), philosophical logic (e.g. conditionals, vagueness, truth) and cognition (causality, categorisation, decision making, learning, bounded rationality, persuasion). In my research I mainly use logic, (probabilistic) causal models, and decision and (evolutionary) game theory as formal tools. 

    I studied philosophy (Nijmegen) and linguistics (Tilburg), and I did my PhD at the 'Institute for Natural Language Processing' (IMS) in Stuttgart (1997). Immediately afterwards I started as a post-doc at the Institute of Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) and never left. I received several local (from the uvA), national (KNAW, NWO) and international (ERS, ESF) grants for my research (see CV) and was a board member of several major (inter)national projects I was involved in (including the AI-oriented Marie Curie ESSENCE project, the philosophy-oriented `Communication and Context'-project, the linguistic-oriented VAAG project, and a project with mostly psycholinguists). I used to be situated at the Department of Philosophy (1997-2013), but since 2013 I work at the Faculty of Science, and teach also on Artificial intelligence. Currently, I am heading the NWO-sponsored Open Competition project 'From Learning to Meaning'

     

    My cv

    My old homepage with older papers

    Papers ordered by subject matter

    Books

    I edited several books  (`Vagueness in Communication', 2011; `Language, Games, and Evolution', 2011; `New Perspectives on Games and Interaction', 2007, and `Game Theory and Pragmatic', 2006) and wrote one monograph.

    Attitudes and Changing Contexts (monograph) Game Theory and Pragmatics - Review Game Theory and Pragmatics

    Interview on vagueness

    If you want to hear me being interviewed on vagueness, look at the following page:

    Interview on vagueness
  • Publications

    2021

    2020

    2019

    2018

    2017

    • Cobreros, P., Égré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2017). Tolerant Reasoning: Nontransitive or Nonmotonic? Synthese. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-017-1584-8
    • van Rooij, R. (2017). A fine-grained global analysis of implicatures. In S. Pistoia-Reda, & F. Domaneschi (Eds.), Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches on Implicatures and Presuppositions (pp. 73-110). (Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50696-8_4 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2017). Nonmonotonicity and Knowability: As Knowable as Possible. In C. Başkent, L. S. Moss, & R. Ramanujam (Eds.), Rohit Parikh on Logic, Language and Society (pp. 53-65). (Outstanding Contributions to Logic; Vol. 11). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47843-2_3 [details]
    • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2017). Topic, focus, and exhaustive interpretation. In C. Lee, F. Kiefer, & M. Krifka (Eds.), Contrastiveness in Information Structure, Alternatives and Scalar Implicatures (pp. 63-82). (Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory; Vol. 91). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10106-4_4 [details]

    2016

    • Brochhagen, T., Franke, M., & van Rooij, R. (2016). Learning biases may prevent lexicalization of pragmatic inferences: a case study combining iterated (Bayesian) learning and functional selection. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J. C. Trueswell (Eds.), COGSCI 2016: 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society : Recognizing and Representing Events : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August 10-13, 2016 (pp. 2081-2086). Cognitive Science Society. https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2016/papers/0362/index.html [details]
    • van Rooij, R. A. M., Cobreros, P., Egre, P., & Ripley, D. (2016). Comparing some Substructural Strategies Dealing with Vagueness. In Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge Based Systems: IPMU 2016
    • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2016). Analysing communicative diversity via the Stag Hunt. In Diversity @ ECAI 2016: International Workshop on Diversity-Aware Artificial Intelligence : The Hague, Netherlands, 29th August 2016 : workshop proceedings (pp. 50-52). The Hague: ECAI. [details]

    2015

    • Cobreros, P., Egré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2015). Pragmatic interpretation of vague expressions: strongest meaning and nonmonotonic consequence. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 44(4), 375-393. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10992-014-9325-7 [details]
    • Cobreros, P., Egré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2015). Vagueness, truth and permissive consequence. In D. Achourioti, H. Galinon, J. Martínez Fernández, & K. Fujimoto (Eds.), Unifying the philosophy of truth (pp. 409-430). (Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science; Vol. 36). Dordrecht: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9673-6_21 [details]
    • Franke, M., & van Rooij, R. (2015). Strategies of Persuasion, Manipulation and Propaganda: Psychological and Social Aspects. In J. van Benthem, S. Ghosh, & R. Verbrugge (Eds.), Models of Strategic Reasoning: Logics, Games, and Communities (pp. 255-291). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 8972), (FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-48540-8_8 [details]

    2014

    • Cobreros, P., Egré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2014). Priests' Moteobike and Tolerant Identity. In R. Ciuni, H. Wansing, & C. Willkommen (Eds.), Recent Trends in Philosophical Logic (pp. 75-83). (Trends in logic; Vol. 41). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06080-4_6 [details]
    • De Jaegher, K., & van Rooij, R. (2014). Game-theoretic pragmatics under conflicting and common interests. Erkenntnis, 79(Suppl. 4), 769-820. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10670-013-9465-0 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2014). Being Tolerant about Identity? In D. Gutzmann, J. Köpping, & C. Meier (Eds.), Approaches to Meaning: Composition, Values, and Interpretation (pp. 187-202). (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface; Vol. 32). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004279377_009 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2014). Knowledge attributions in context of decision problems. In F. Lihoreau, & M. Rebuschi (Eds.), Epistemology, Context, and Formalism (pp. 109-125). (Synthese Library; Vol. 369). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02943-6_7 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2014). Leibnizian intensional semantics for syllogistic reasoning. In R. Ciuni, H. Wansing, & C. Willkommen (Eds.), Recent Trends in Philosophical Logic (pp. 179-194). (Trends in logic; Vol. 41). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06080-4_13 [details]
    • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2014). A question of priority. In E. McCready, K. Yabushita, & K. Yoshimoto (Eds.), Formal approaches to semantics and pragmatics: Japanese and beyond (pp. 273-293). (Studies in linguistics and philosophy; Vol. 95). Dordrecht: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8813-7_13 [details]

    2013

    2012

    2011

    • De Jaegher, K., & van Rooij, R. (2011). Strategic Vagueness, and Appropriate Contexts. In A. Benz, C. Ebert, G. Jäger, & R. van Rooij (Eds.), Language, Games, and Evolution: Trends in Current Research on Language and Game Theory (pp. 40-59). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 6207), (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence), (FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information). Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-18006-4_3 [details]
    • Franke, M., Jäger, G., & van Rooij, R. (2011). Vagueness, Signaling and Bounded Rationality. In T. Onoda, D. Bekki, & E. McCready (Eds.), New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: JSAI-isAI 2010 Workshops, LENLS, JURISIN, AMBN, ISS, Tokyo, Japan, November 18-19, 2010 : revised selected papers (pp. 45-59). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 6797), (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence). Heidelberg: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-25655-4_5 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2011). Implicit versus explicit comparatives. In P. Égré, & N. Klinedinst (Eds.), Vagueness and language use (pp. 51-72). (Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language and cognition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230299313_3 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2011). Measurement and interadjective comparisons. Journal of Semantics, 28(3), 335-358. https://doi.org/10.1093/jos/ffq018 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2011). Revealed preference and satisficing behavior. Synthese, 179(Supplement 1), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-010-9826-z [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2011). Vagueness and linguistics. In G. Ronzitti (Ed.), Vagueness: A Guide (pp. 123-170). (Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science; Vol. 19). Dordrecht: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0375-9_6 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2011). Vagueness, tolerance and non-transitive entailment. In P. Cintula, C. G. Fermuller, L. Godo, & P. Hajek (Eds.), Understanding Vagueness: Logical, Philosophical, and Linguistic Perspectives (pp. 205-221). (Studies in Logic; Vol. 36). London: College Publications. [details]

    2010

    • van Rooij, R. (2010). Conjunctive interpretation of disjunction. Semantics and Pragmatics, 3(11), 1-28. https://doi.org/10.3765/sp.3.11 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2010). Presupposition: an (un)common attitude. Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface, 21, 1-28. [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2010). The predicability tree: how, and why? In A. D. M. Smith, M. Schouwstra, B. de Boer, & K. Smith (Eds.), The evolution of language: proceedings of the 8th International Conference (EVOLANG8): Utrecht, Netherlands, 14-17 April 2010 (pp. 329-335). Singapore: World Scientific. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814295222_0042 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (Ed.) (2010). Language and vagueness. Synthese, 174(1), 1-180. https://link.springer.com/journal/11229/volumes-and-issues/174-1 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2010). Games and Pragmatics. In Angel (Ed.), IWCog-10
    • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2010). Non-monotonic reasoning in interpretation. In J. van Benthem, & A. ter Meulen (Eds.), Handbook of Logic and Language (Elsevier Insights). Amsterdam: Elsevier. [details]

    2009

    • van Rooij, R. (2009). Comparing questions and answers: a bit of logic, a bit of language, and some bits of information. In G. Sommaruga (Ed.), Formal theories of information: From Shannon to semantic information theory and general concepts of information (pp. 161-192). (Lecture notes in computer science; No. 5363). Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-00659-3_7 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2009). Extending syllogistic reasoning. In Seventeenth Amsterdam Colloquium, December 16-18, 2009: pre-proceedings (pp. 107-116). Amsterdam: ILLC, University of Amsterdam. [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2009). Vagueness and semi-orders. In Predication and truth: Proceedings of the Vth Navarra Workshop on Vagueness: University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 12-13 June 2009 [details]

    2008

    • van Rooij, R. (2008). Comparatives and quantifiers. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics, 7, 423-444. [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2008). Evolutionary motivations for semantic universals. In R. Eckardt, G. Jäger, & T. Veenstra (Eds.), Variation, selection, development: Probing the evolutionary model of language change (pp. 103-142). (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs; No. 197). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2008). Games and Quantity implicatures. Journal of Economic Methodology, 15(3), 261-274. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501780802321376 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. (2008). Towards a uniform analysis of 'any'. Natural Language Semantics, 16(4), 297-315. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11050-008-9035-1 [details]

    2007

    • Aloni, M., Beaver, D., Clark, B., & van Rooij, R. (2007). The dynamics of topic and focus. In M. Aloni, A. Butler, & P. Dekker (Eds.), Questions in dynamic semantics (pp. 123-145). (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 17). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
    • Benz, A., & van Rooij, R. (2007). Optimal assertions, and what they implicate: A uniform game theoretic approach. Topoi, 26(1), 63-78. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11245-006-9007-3 [details]
    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2007). Strengthening Conditional Presuppositions. Journal of Semantics, 24(3), 289-304. https://doi.org/10.1093/jos/ffm007
    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2007). The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure. Studia Logica, 85, 133-138. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11225-007-9024-2.pdf
    • van Rooij, R. A. M., & Jaeger, G. (2007). Language Structure: Psychological and Social Constraints. Synthese, 159(1), 99-130. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-006-9073-5
    • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2007). Only: meaning and implicature. In M. Aloni, A. Butler, & P. Dekker (Eds.), Questions in dynamic semantics (pp. 193-224). (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 17). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

    2006

    • Benz, A., Jaeger, G., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). An introduction to Game Theory for Linguistics. In A. Benz, G. Jaeger, & R. A. M. van Rooij (Eds.), Game Theory and Pragmatics (pp. 1-82). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Schulz, K., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Pragmatic Meaning and Non-monotonic Reasoning: The Case of Exhaustive Interpretation. Linguistics and Philosophy, 29, 205-250. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10988-005-3760-4
    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Attitudes and Changing Contexts. Berlin: Springer.
    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Evolutionary games and semantic universals. In A. Cangelosi, A. Smith, & K. Smith (Eds.), The Evolution of Language (pp. 356-363). New Jersey: World Scientific.
    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Free choice counterfactual donkeys. Journal of Semantics, 23, 383-402.
    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Pragmatic value and complex sentences. Mind and Matter, 4(2).
    • van Rooij, R. A. M., & Sevenster, M. (2006). Different Faces of Risky Speech. In A. Benz, G. Jaeger, & R. A. M. van Rooij (Eds.), Game Theory and Pragmatics (pp. 155-178). (Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]

    2014

    2011

    • Nouwen, R., van Rooij, R., Sauerland, U., & Schmitz, H-C. (2011). Vagueness in Communication: International Workshop, ViC 2009, held as part of ESSLLI 2009, Bordeaux, France, July 20-24, 2009 : revised selected papers. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 6517), (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence), (FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information). Heidelberg: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-18446-8 [details]

    2009

    • van Rooij, R. (2009). [Review of: J. Almog, P. Leonardi (2009) The philosophy of David Kaplan]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2009(09), [34]. [details]

    2008

    • Apt, K. R., & van Rooij, R. (2008). New Perspectives on Games and Interaction. (Texts in logic and games; Vol. 4). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]

    2007

    • van Rooij, R. A. M. (Ed.) (2007). Logic and Games. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

    2017

    2006

    • van Rooij, R. (2006). Optimality-Theoretic and Game-Theoretic Approaches to Implicature. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2006(Winter), 205-250.

    2018

    • van Rooij, R. A. M., Cobreros, P., Egre, P., & Ripley, D. (2018). Inferences and meta-inferences.

    2017

    Award

    • van Rooij, R. (2019). From Learning to Meaning: A new approach to generic sentences and implicit biases.
    • van Maanen, L., Schulz, K. & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2018). Unraveling the causal mind.

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