Linguistics and English Language

Meaning and grammar

Syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology and their interfaces

The meaning and grammar group conducts research in a wide range of core areas of linguistic theory, including syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology and the interface between those areas. Members of the group work as individuals, in collaboration with each other, and in partnership with other researchers in Edinburgh and at other universities.

The research group provides a regular forum for presentation of original research in this area being carried out by group members, and scholars from outside Edinburgh. It also constitutes a grouping for planning and organising collaborative research.

People

Staff who work in this area include:

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Research interests

Dr Peter Ackema

Theoretical syntax and morphology; interaction between morphology and syntax; lexical integrity effects; phrasal derivation
Professor Ronnie Cann Formal syntax, semantics and pragmatics and the interaction between them; dynamic Syntax
Dr Chris Cummins Experimental semantics and pragmatics; quantity expressions; implicature; presupposition; dialogue modelling

Professor Nikolas Gisborne

Syntax, particularly dependency theory and word grammar; events and event structure; lexical semantics; language change
Professor Caroline Heycock Syntactic theory; syntactic variation and change; Germanic; Japanese

Professor Alex Lascarides

(Informatics)

Theoretical and computational linguistics; semantics; pragmatics; logic and knowledge representation

Dr Bryan Pickel

(Philosophy)

Metaphysics; philosophy of language; history of analytic philosophy
Professor Geoffrey Pullum General linguistic theory; English grammar; philosophy of linguistics; prescriptivism

Dr Brian Rabern

(Philosophy)

Philosophy of language; formal semantics; philosophical logic
Dr Hannah Rohde Experimental pragmatics; coreference; coherence
Dr Wolfgang Schwarz Structure and interpretation of probability in science, the status of laws, and selected topics in philosophy of physics and cognitive science
Professor Antonella Sorace Language development in child and adult bilinguals; bilingualism and general cognition; gradience at the lexicon-syntax interface

Professor Mark Steedman

(Informatics)

Computational linguistics; spoken intonation; spoken language processing
Dr Rob Truswell

Syntax; semantics; language change; diachronic typology; locality; event structure

Dr Wataru Uegaki Semantics, Syntax, Pragmatics and their interfaces. Especially, clausal complementation, questions, the semantics of attitudinal predicates and constraints on lexical denotations

You can also see what our current and recent postgraduate students are studying.

Current and recent postgraduates

Postgraduate study

PhD and MSc by Research programmes

For further information about postgraduate study in meaning and grammar, contact Professor Nikolas Gisborne.

Nikolas Gisborne

Meetings

The meaning and grammar group meets roughly every two weeks, to discuss theoretical issues of common interest, work in progress or published papers. There are also occasional informal presentations by invited speakers from outside Edinburgh.

To subscribe to the group's mailing list and hear about future events, go to the mailing lists service and click on 'subscribe'.

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Meaning and grammar meetings

In addition to meetings of the full group, there are more specialised reading groups that meet informally on an occasional basis. The current groups focus on formal semantics (contact Wataru Uegaki for details), and on general syntax (contact Takanobu Nakamura for details). For postgraduate students who are interested in semantics/pragmatics, get in touch with the student-led SemiCircle (Anna Katarina Page).