Skip to content Skip to navigation

Semantics and Pragmatics

Semantics and pragmatics research at Stanford aims to develop theoretical models that appreciate and explain the complexity of meaning witnessed in language use.

Research

The Stanford semantics and pragmatics community encompasses a broad range of interests including:

  • Lexical semantics
  • Formal semantics and pragmatics, and their interfaces with syntax
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Numerous sub-areas of psychology, philosophy, and computer science


We share the goal of grounding theories of meaning in diverse research methodologies, including:

  • Formal linguistic analysis
  • Psycholinguistic experimentation
  • Computational modeling
  • Corpus studies
  • Fieldwork on less widely studied languages

Coursework

We offer courses ranging from introductory courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels to seminars on cutting edge topics and workshops focused on developing key research skills. 

Recent seminar topics have included:

  • Temporal interpretation
  • Experimental studies of quantification
  • Definiteness
  • Gradation
  • Modality
  • Negation
  • Conditionals
  • Causation

Community

Faculty and students participate in a wide range of research projects, many of them collaborative.  Many of them also span subfields of linguistics or reach out to neighboring disciplines.  There are usually informal reading or working groups that reflect the community's ever evolving research interests, as well as occasional larger gatherings, such as Meaningful Lunches and an annual SemFest

Ongoing Labs & Projects

 

 

Upcoming Events

May
05
Louise McNally
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)
12:00pm

Courses

Autumn 2019-2020
LINGUIST 1
Introduction to Linguistics
Autumn 2019-2020
LINGUIST 132
Lexical Semantic Typology
Autumn 2019-2020
LINGUIST 230C
Advanced Topics in Semantics & Pragmatics
Autumn 2019-2020
LINGUIST 232A
Lexical Semantics