Wataru Uegaki

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow / Lecturer in Semantics

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details

Address

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Room 2.10, Dugald Stewart Building

City
3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9AD

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  • Please email me to schedule an appointment.

Background

I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Lecturer (~ North American Assistant Professor) in Semantics at University of Edinburgh in the Department of Linguistics and English Language within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS).

I serve as the (co-)PI of the following two collaborative research projects:

I completed my PhD at MIT Linguistics in 2015, and was previously at Leiden University. My pronouns are he/him.

I teach semantics in various pre-honours, honours, and MSc courses within LEL. In my research, I investigate issues in natural language semantics and pragmatics, as well as in syntax-semantics interface. Please click on the Research tab below to learn more about my research. 

Undergraduate teaching

  • Course Organiser, pre-honours "Linguistics and English Language 1B" 
  • Contributor, "Linguistics and English Language 2A" (semantics block) 

Postgraduate teaching

  • MSc "Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics" (not offered in 2020-21)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Current PhD students supervised

  • Esther Lam
  • Takanobu Nakamura
  • Thomas Stephen

Research summary

I am a researcher in formal semantics and pragmatics. That is, I study how humans draw various inferences from conversations in natural language, and I try to understand systems governing such human behaviors using theoretical tools made available by linguistics, logic, and cognitive science.

Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between word meanings and grammatical regularities. My AHRC/DFG project investigates how meanings of clause-embedding predicates (such as believe, know, surprise and wonder in English) are related to regularities about the types of complement clauses they can combine with, building on cross-linguistic data collection and experimentation.

In addition, I am interested in cross-linguistic generalisations in the lexical semantics of logical vocabularies. In my project funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, my team and I will investigate how we can explain such generalisations in terms of what we know about grammar and cognition, by bringing together insights from formal linguistics and evolutionary linguistics.

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