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My interests lie in the area of semantics, pragmatics, cognitive science, and philosophy of language. I can define myself as a post-Gricean pragmaticist, truth-conditional semanticist of a dynamic semantics orientation, and a supporter of contextualism in the representation of meaning, i.e. the idea that the interesting truth conditions are those of an utterance rather than a sentence: information from pragmatic inference and other contextual input contributes to the truth-conditional content.

I am interested in modelling of the process of meaning construction in discourse that takes into account the intentionality of acts of communication as well as the compositional character of meaning. I work mainly on the semantics of propositional attitude constructions and other intensional contexts; referring expressions; semantic ambiguity and underspecification; semantics/pragmatics interface; the saying/implicating distinction, and defaults in communication. In my theory of Default Semantics, I implemented the dynamic semantic approach of Discourse Representation Theory to a wide category of acts of communication, accounting for the pragmatic origin of some components of truth-conditional meaning as proposed in truth-conditional pragmatics.

My long-term project stemming from this theory concerns mapping of various aspects of meaning of acts of communication onto relevant processes and modelling their interaction (Interactive Semantics, in progress, OUP). One of my recent projects concerned semantic representation of time. In Representing Time, I developed an account of temporality understood as epistemic modality. My other related interests concern compositionality of language and thought, conceptualization of time in various languages, and contrastive semantics and pragmatics.


Key publications: 

Jaszczolt, K. M. (2011). Default meanings, salient meanings, and automatic processing. In: K. M. Jaszczolt & K. Allan (eds). Salience and Defaults in Utterance Processing. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 11-33.


Jaszczolt K.M. (2009). Representing Time: An Essay on Temporality as Modality, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009

Jaszczolt, K. M. (2009). Cancellability and the primary/secondary meaning distinction. Intercultural Pragmatics 6. 259-289.

Jaszczolt K.M (2005). Default Semantics: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005

Jaszczolt, K. M. (1999). Discourse, Beliefs and Intentions: Semantic Defaults and Propositional Attitude Ascription. Oxford: Elsevier Science.

Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language
Professor Kasia M. Jaszczolt

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