Louise McNally

I'm interested in natural language interpretation, that is, in explaining how we associate meanings not just with words, but most especially with phrases and sentences. Figuring this out involves figuring out the structure of the complex expression one is interpreting, the interpretive rules we associate with each kind of phrase structure, and the interaction of linguistic context and world knowledge with more conventionalized aspects of interpretation. I've mainly worked within the so-called formal semantic tradition, but recently I have been exploring statistical models of natural language meaning. I am also in contact with psychologists who study semantic and pragmatic processing.

I'm an associate editor at Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (NLLT) and Semantics and Pragmatics (S&P), and I'm co-editor (with Yael Sharvit and Ede Zimmermann) of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (SLAP) series. You can download my CV here.

If you're interested in opportunities for undergraduate or graduate study, postdoctoral research or a short term research stay in Barcelona, don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail. Our Formal Linguistics Group, GLiF, (for 'Grup de Lingüística Formal' in Catalan) has junior and senior researchers and graduate students in the areas of syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and we form a larger Linguistics Research Unit with the Department of Translation and Language Science's Computational Linguistics Group (GLICOM), the  Prosodic Studies Group (GReP), and ALLENCAM, a group devoted to multilingual language learning and acquisition.


Check out Sandy Chung's cat Saffy curled up in my dissertation (photo by Kyle Rawlins).

Thanks to everyone that made ESSLLI a success!!