I’m an Associate Professor in the Department of Translation and Language Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on linguistics, pragmatics and semantics and English grammar.  Before that, I held postdoctoral research positions at UPF (through the ‘Juan de la Cierva’ program) and the UAB, and I obtained my doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. I was a visiting scholar for two short research stays at the University of California San Diego in 2015 and 2016.

I am interested in pragmatics and semantics (both theoretical and experimental). In particular, my research is centered on the following topics: information and discourse structure, non-truth conditional meaning and anaphora production and interpretation. I’m currently working on the project EXPEDIS.  I’m a member of the officially-recognized Formal Linguistics Group (GLIF) and of UPF's larger Linguistics Research Unit (UR-LING).

Some recent work:

Silvio Cruschina & Laia Mayol (2022). "The Realization of Information Focus in Catalan". Languages 7(4).

Laia Mayol (2021). "Which factors affect the production of Overt pronouns in Catalan?" Talk at the 51st Linguistics Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 51)  [Slides]

Andreas Trotzke and Laia Mayol (2021). " Catalan focus markers as discourse particles". Journal of Linguistics. First View. doi: 10.1017/S0022226720000481

Lisa Brunetti, Laia Mayol and Xavier Villalba (2020). "Anaphoric distance, monotonicity, and word order choices in Catalan". Discourse Processes.

Laia Mayol and Enric Vallduví (2020) "Utterances with themes as strategies to address a broad Question Under Discussion". Sinn und Bedeutung.

Matthijs Westera, Jacopo Amidei and Laia Mayol (2020) "Similarity or deeper understanding?
Analyzing the TED-Q dataset of evoked questions

Elena Castroviejo and Laia Mayol (2020). "Why premise questions?". Sinn un Bedeutung.

Matthijs Westera, Laia Mayol and Hannah Rohde (2020). "TED-Q: TED Talks and the Questions they Evoke". LREC.

Laia Mayol (2020) "What are themes for?". Invited talk at ConSOLE 28. Barcelona. January 2020.

Departament de Traducció i Ciències del Llenguatge

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