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Research Clusters

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


Semantics, Pragmatics & Philosophy Research Area

Who are we?

The Semantics, Pragmatics and Philosophy research area consists of a community of graduate students, researchers and academics with a broad spectrum of interests, ranging from the philosophy of language to experimental pragmatics, and including the interfaces between syntax and semantics, and semantics and pragmatics. Our individual foci merge in our common aim to investigate and understand ‘meaning’.

What do we do?

Our main goal is to conduct theory-critical research that results in psychologically and philosophically plausible theories of meaning, using methods that range from conceptual argumentation to empirical linguistic observations, experimental data and corpus-based studies. The diverse interests of our members allow an exchange of ideas which delve into the depths of specific investigations, while maintaining sight of the bigger picture that emerges from the interdisciplinary approach to the study of meaning.

How do I sign up?

The activities of the area include a fortnightly reading group meeting involving both the discussion of current papers, and presentations from members on their on-going research where they can receive constructive feedback in an informal setting. The cluster also organises one to two workshops per year, in which a guest speaker is invited to participate. All members of the university and guests in Cambridge with an interest in ‘meaning’ are welcome to participate in the activities of the cluster. 

Please email Nina Haket ( or Anastasiia Petrenko ( to be added to the mailing list.