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Members & Activities

Members

 

Carlos d'Aragona Balhana

e-mail | Carlos is a PhD candidate in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section of MMLL. His research explores how lexical semantics, event decomposition, and temporal structure condition morphosyntactic errors in tense and aspect marking during L2 acquisition. While these features and interactions are modeled within a generative theoretical framework, his analysis relies on large sets of corpus data and natural language processing (NLP) methods for empirical support.

 

Mireia Cabanes-Calabuig

e-mail | Mireia is a PhD student in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section of MMLL. Her research focuses on the semantics and pragmatics of expressive language.

 

Xiaoxuan Chen

e-mail | Xiaoxuan is a PhD student in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section of MMLL. She is interested in pragmatics, semantics and the philosophy of language, especially propositional attitude reports and figurative language. Her current research focuses on belief reports that include metaphors.

 

Professor Kasia M. Jaszczolt 

e-mail | Kasia is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language at the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section of MMLL and Professorial Fellow of Newnham College. She published extensively on various topics in semantics, pragmatics and philosophy of language, including propositional attitude ascription, representation of time, semantics/pragmatics interface, and her theory of Default Semantics.

 

Dr Napoleon Katsos

e-mail |Napoleon is Reader in Experimental Pragmatics in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section of MMLL. He is interested in how research in experimental psychology can inform theoretical linguistic inquiry and vice versa. His particular focus in linguistics is semantics and pragmatics, especially implicature, presupposition, quantification and (in)directness.

 

Sadiyah Shahidullah

e-mail | Sadiyah is a PhD student in the Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Section of MMLL. She is interested in cross-cultural metapragmatics and how that can inform contemporary pragmatic theorization. Her current research concerns how theoretical, metatheoretical, and empirical insights from the history of the Arabic linguistics tradition (particularly from the works of Sībawayhi (d. 796), al-Jurjānī (d. 1078), and Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328)) - along with insights from Arabic discourse - can contribute to and further post-Gricean theories of communication.

 

Dr Roberto Sileo

e-mail | Roberto is an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge and holds a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Cantab). As a member of the Prague and Cambridge Primus Group, Roberto is currently a research associate on the ‘Core Syntax in Bilingual Children’ project. Roberto’s past research focused on the use and interpretation of descriptive and expressive language and he was also the research associate on Prof. Kasia Jaszczolt’s ‘Rethinking Being Gricean: New Challenges for Metapragmatics’, a project funded by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant.

Tom R. Williamson

e-mail | Tom is a linguist and philosopher studying for an MPhil in Linguistics at Girton College, Cambridge. His research interests exist at the boundaries of language and mind, with his current attentions directed towards problems concerning meaning and concepts. Methodologically, his interests lie in probing philosophical puzzles (relating to language particularly) with experimental or cross-disciplinary approaches. He completed his undergraduate degree in Linguistics and Philosophy at Lancaster University, where his research focused on semiotics, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, corpora, and the philosophies of language and mind.

 

External Members

 

Chi-Hé Elder  

e-mail | Chi-Hé is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of East Anglia. She completed her PhD at Cambridge on the semantics and pragmatics of natural language conditionals, and is currently working on the role of misunderstandings and the nature of pragmatic inference in meaning theorisation.

 

Eleni Kapogianni

e-mail | Eleni is a Lecturer in Linguistics and the Director of the Centre for Language and Linguistics at the University of Kent. She received her PhD from Cambridge on the definition and typology of verbal irony with respect to the literal-nonliteral distinction. Her main research lies in the areas of pragmatics, discourse analysis, and their various interfaces. She is particularly interested in nonliteral language in discourse, especially verbal irony, parody/satire, and humour.

 

Bing Xue

e-mail | Bing is currently a lecturer working in Dalian University of Foreign Languages (China). His research interest mainly lies in the area of syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface, post-Gricean pragmatics and Construction Grammar. One of his current projects which is sponsored by China National Social Science Fund, focuses on the issue of 'embedded implicature', from the perspective of grammar-pragmatics interaction. Another major strand of his research is an attempt to integrate post-Gricean pragmatics and Construction Grammar into a model which might be called 'inferential-constructional pragmatics'.

 


Semantics, Pragmatics & Philosophy (SPP) Group Meetings 2020-2021

 

Michaelmas 2020 (via zoom)

 

1st meeting:

Friday, October 30th, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)

Paper:

Stotts, M. H. 2020. Toward a sharp semantics/pragmatics distinction. Synthese, 197(1), 185-208.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Megan Stotts, McMaster University (Canada)

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2nd meeting:

Friday, November 13th, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)

Paper:

Borg, E. 2019. Explanatory roles for minimal content. Noûs, 53(3), 513-539.

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3rd meeting: 

Friday, November 27th, 2020 (14:00- 15:30) 

Paper

Elder, C., & Haugh, M. 2018. The interactional achievement of speaker meaning: Toward a formal account of conversational inference. Intercultural Pragmatics, 15(5), 593-625. 

 

Guest Speaker:  

Dr. Chi-Hé Elder, University of East Anglia 

4th meeting: 

Friday, December 4th, 2020 (14:00- 15:30) 

Paper

Ariel, M. 2019. Different prominences for different inferences. Journal of Pragmatics, 154, 103-116. 

 

Selected forthcoming events

Lent 2020

Guest Speaker:

Eleni Kapogianni

 

For information about forthcoming meetings, please contact Xiaoxuan.

 

 

Workshops

Understanding Human Time, 9-10 April 2021 (via zoom).

For updates on the programme, please click here.

 


SPP Archives 2019-2020

 

Michaelmas 2019

 

1st meeting:

Friday, November 1st, 2019 (15:00 - 16:30)

Papers:

King, J. C. 2014. What role do propositions play in our theories? In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds.), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Speaks, J. 2014. What’s wrong with semantic theories which make no use of propositions? In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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2nd meeting:

Friday, November 15th, 2019 (15:00 - 16:30)

Papers:

Soames, S. 2014. Why the traditional conceptions of propositions can’t be correct. In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds.), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Soames, S. 2014. Cognitive propositions. In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Lent 2020

 

1st meeting:

Friday, 14th February, 2020 (15:00 - 16:30)

Papers:

King, J. C. 2014. Naturalized propositions In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Speaks, J. 2014. Propositions are properties of everything or nothing In: J. C. King, S. Soames & J. Speaks (eds), New Thinking about Propositions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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2nd meeting:

Friday, 28th February, 2020 (15:00 - 16:30)

Paper:

Jaszczolt, K. M. 2012. Context: Gricean intentions vs. two-dimensional semantics. In: R. Finkbeiner, J. Meibauer and P.B. Schumacher (eds), What is a Context?: Linguistic Approaches and Challenges. Amsterdam: J. Benjamins. 81-104.

 

Easter 2020

1st meeting:

Friday, 1st May, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)

Paper:

Popa-Wyatt, M. 2019. Embedding irony and the semantics/pragmatics distinction. Inquiry, 62(6), 674-699.

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2nd meeting:

Friday, 15th May, 2020 (14:00 - 15:30)

Paper:

Jaszczolt, K. M. 2018. Pragmatic indexicals. In: M. Huang, K. M. Jaszczolt (eds), Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 260.

 

 

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