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Members of the cluster

Current members

Chi-Hé Elder

e-mail | Chi-Hé is a PhD student in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Her current research takes a corpus-based approach to the study of natural language conditionals, looking at both the diversity of ways that conditionals are expressed in English, and also the different communicative effects that the use of conditionals may have in spoken discourse.


Georg FK Höhn

e-mail | I am mainly working on syntax and morphology, but I also have an interest in formal semantics, particularly in the mechanisms of compositionality and (predicate) modification.


Professor Kasia Jaszczolt

e-mail | Kasia M. Jaszczolt is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 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, her theory of Default Semantics, and ambiguity and underspecification. One of her current project concerns attitudes de se and first-person reference, the other is a theory of Interactive Semantics (in progress, OUP). Her authored books include Representing Time (2009, OUP), Default Semantics (2005, OUP), Semantics and Pragmatics (2002, Longman) and Discourse, Beliefs and Intentions (1999, Elsevier). She is General Editor of a book series Oxford Studies of Time in Language and Thought and serves on numerous editorial boards. She authored over 80 research articles and edited 11 volumes including The Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics (2012, CUP). In 2012 she was elected member of Academia Europaea.


Dr Napoleon Katsos

e-mail | Napoleon 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.


Michael Keane

e-mail | Michael is a second-year PhD student investigating the potential use of linear scales for processing modal expressions in the human mind, and the potential relation between these scales and our mental representations of time. His interests also include the semantics of old Germanic languages, particularly Old English.


Dr John Maier

e-mail | John is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy, working mainly in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and action. In linguistics, his main research interest is the syntax and semantics of modals.


Anne Nospickel

e-mail | Anne is a lecturer in German at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. She has previously studied for an MA degree in Philosophy and English (linguistics and literature) at the University of Cologne, during which she focused on metaphysics (especially causation and dispositions), different areas in linguistics (syntax, semantics and pragmatics) and philosophy of language. She is particularly interested in the debate about semantic indeterminacy.


Eleni Savva

e-mail | Eleni is a PhD student in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Her research focuses on how utterances that are incomplete from a syntactic point of view can convey complete propositions in actual conversations. Starting from this particular question, she is in general interested in where the boundary between semantics and pragmatics needs to be drawn.


Luca Sbordone

e-mail | Luca is a PhD student in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. His research focuses on lexical semantics and pragmatics, with particular attention to the problems of vagueness and imprecision. His research interests include Philosophy of Language and Mind, Logic, Cognitive Psychology and Pragmatics.


Roberto Sileo

e-mail | Roberto is a PhD student in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. His primary interests lie in the area of Semantics and Pragmatics and, more specifically, linguistic (im)politeness. Roberto’s current research centres around the use and interpretation of descriptive and expressive language forms in every day conversational exchanges: following a radical contextualist approach, he looks into the two well-differentiated dimensions of meaning and how they can convey, in context, propositional and truth-evaluable content.


Jessica Soltys

e-mail | Jessica Soltys is a PhD student in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. She is interested in pragmatics and semantics, in particular, politeness, (in)directness, speech acts, and implicature. Her current project is an empirical study of strategic uses of off-record indirect speech.


Nicola Vukovic

e-mail | Nikola's work is concerned with establishing the involvement and role of functionally differentiated brain areas in processing and representing language. Particularly, he is looking at how the automatic activation of sensory-motor representations during semantic access can shed light on the way bilinguals structure their lexicon, and whether these effects are specified in terms of proficiency/experience.


Dr Jenneke van der Wal

e-mail | Within the ReCoS project Jenneke is studying discourse-configurationality, which we can think of as the grammaticalised form of the semantic-pragmatic notion of information structure. Her specific interest at the moment is crosslinguistic variation in the expression of focus, specifically when marked morphologically on the verb.


Elspeth Wilson

e-mail | Elspeth is a PhD student in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Her research focuses on word learning and implicature in children. Her areas of interests include first language acquisition, semantics, and pragmatics.