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Dr. Napoleon Katsos

Dr. Napoleon Katsos

Reader in Experimental Pragmatics, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Semantics and pragmatics

Language acquisition

Language processing

Language disorders


Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 767396

Research Interests

I am interested in how psychological research can inform theoretical linguistic inquiry and vice versa. My particular focus is in the area of semantics and pragmatics, and in language learning by monolingual and bilingual children as well as children with Specific Language Impairment and/or Autistic Disorders.


  • Second language acquisition
  • Bilingualism
  • Pragmatics
  • Autism
  • Semantics

Key Publications

Katsos, N. (2011). Experimental Investigations and Pragmatic Theorising. In Allan, K. & Jaszczolt, K. (eds) The Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics, Cambridge University Press, pp275 – 290.

Katsos, N., Andrés Roqueta, C., Estevan, R. A. C., & Cummins, C. (2011). Are children with Specific Language Impairment Competent with the Pragmatics and Logic of Quantification? Cognition, 119: 43-57.

Katsos, N. & Bishop, D. V. M. (2011) Pragmatic Tolerance: Implications for the Acquisition of Informativeness and Implicature. Cognition, 20: 67-81.

Cummins, C. & Katsos, N. (2010). Comparative and Superlative Quantifiers: Pragmatic Effects of Comparison Type. Journal of Semantics, 27: 271-305.

Davies, C. & Katsos, N. (2010). Over-informative Children: Production/Comprehension Asymmetry or Tolerance to Pragmatic Violations? Lingua, 120/8: 1956-1972.