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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Kasia Jaszczolt

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Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
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Newnham College
Sidgwick Avenue



Professor Kasia Jaszczolt, D.Phil. (Oxon), PhD (Cantab), MAE, joined the University of Cambridge in 1995, first as Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, Reader, and since 2010 Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language. She has also taught at the universities of Oxford, Brighton and Sussex. Her research interests combine semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language and include such research areas as the semantics/pragmatics interface, ambiguity and underspecification, defaults and conventions in discourse, the semantics and metaphysics of time, propositional attitude constructions, and indexicality. She is the author of a theory of discourse interpretation called Default Semantics.

Kasia is managing editor of book series Oxford Studies of Time in Language and Thought (Oxford University Press), former managing editor of Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface (CRiSPI, Elsevier, 1996-2008), and member of numerous editorial boards including Journal of Pragmatics and Intercultural Pragmatics. In 2012 she was elected Member of Academia Europaea and in 2015 Alumnus VIP, University of Łódź. She is Professorial Fellow of Newnham College. She is currently collaborating on a project Rethinking and Communicating Time with Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


Her authored books include:

  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 2023. Semantics, Pragmatics, Philosophy: A Journey through Meaning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 2016. Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press (pb edition 2018)
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 2009. Representing Time: an Essay on Temporality as Modality. Oxford: Oxford University Press (hb and pb editions)
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 2005. Default Semantics: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press (pb edition 2007)
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 2002. Semantics and Pragmatics: Meaning in Language and Discourse. London: Longman
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 1999. Discourse, Beliefs and Intentions: Semantic Defaults and Propositional Attitude Ascription. Oxford: Elsevier Science


Her edited and co-authored volumes include:

  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 2023. Understanding Human Time. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Huang, M. & K. M. Jaszczolt. 2018. Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. & L. de Saussure. 2013. Time: Language, Cognition, and Reality. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Allan, K. & K. M. Jaszczolt. 2012. The Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (pb edition 2015)
  • Filipović, L. & K. M. Jaszczolt. 2012. Space and Time in Languages and Cultures: Linguistic Diversity. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins
  • Filipović, L. & K. M. Jaszczolt. 2012. Space and Time in Languages and Cultures: Language, Culture and Cognition. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. & K. Allan. 2011. Salience and Defaults in Utterance Processing. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. & K. Turner. 2003. Meaning through Language Contrast (2 volumes). Amsterdam: J. Benjamins
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. 2000. Pragmatics of Propositional Attitude Reports. Oxford: Elsevier Science
  • Jaszczolt, K. M. & K. Turner. 1996. Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics (2 volumes). Oxford: Elsevier Science (hb and pb editions) 


She has also published over 100 articles on the above topics. 


Kasia Jaszczolt welcomes MPhil and PhD applications in semantics, pragmatics and philosophy of language.


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