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 I am currently exploring other, more conceptually-oriented models of natural language meaning, including statistical models from computational semantics. I've recently collaborated with some philosophers on the topic of aesthetic language, and I'm also in contact with psychologists who study semantic and pragmatic processing.

I'm an associate editor at Semantics and Pragmatics (S&P), co-editor (with Yael Sharvit and Zoltán Gendler Szabó) of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (SLAP) series, and Senior Editor for Semantics of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. From 2011 until the end of 2015 I was an associate editor of Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (NLLT). 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).

Here is an interesting blog on academic life that I discovered through Artemis Alexiadou.

 



Department of Translation and Language Sciences

Roc Boronat building (Communication-Poblenou campus)
Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona

(+34) 93 542 15 54
(+34) 93 542 16 17

louise.mcnally@upf.edu