MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MAE
Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies
- Professorial Fellow
- Director of Studies, Linguistics
- Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language
Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 335744
I joined the University of Cambridge in 1995, having completed a D.Phil. in Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and have remained here ever since, first as Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, Reader, and since 2010 Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language. At the same time, I became a Fellow of Newnham College. My College jobs included, at various times, Lecturer, Tutor, and Director of Studies. I am currently a Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Linguistics.
I am a philosopher of language, interested in meaning in language, in the mind, and in conversation – how it is composed and conveyed. I have written five books (most of them for Oxford University Press) and over 90 articles on these topics. Some of my favourite research topics include time in language and thought and their relation to ‘real’ time, semantic ambiguities, theories of meaning and communication, and representing beliefs. I give lectures and seminars on these topics and always enjoy talking to students of all levels (undergraduate, MPhil and PhD) who share my enthusiasm for the study of meaning.
Theories or meaning and communication, time in language and thought, representation of belief, semantic ambiguities