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MemberBilly Clark

My teaching and research interests cover a broad range of language and linguistics-related topics. My research interests are all connected in some way with linguistic meaning (linguistic semantics and pragmatics), usually within the framework of relevance theory. I have a particular interest in how meanings are created and negotiated in specific contexts. I’m currently working on research in three areas: prosodic meaning, stylistics and the inferential processes involved in writing.

MemberEleanor Sandry

My research is focused on developing an ethical and pragmatic recognition of, and respect for, otherness and difference in communication. I write about communication theory and practice, and draw upon varied examples—taken from science and technology, science fiction and creative art—to illustrate the ideas in my work. Much of my work to date has explored the communicative possibilities illustrated by human interactions with humanoid and non-humanoid robots, looking to fact and fiction, science and art, for inspiration. This research has now been published (along with some more recent thinking about human interactions with explosive ordnance disposal robots and robotic floor cleaners) as a book, Robots and Communication, with Palgrave Macmillan in the Pivot series.

MemberA.G. Holdier

I am a master’s student in the Philosophy department of the University of Arkansas. My current research focuses on the semantics/pragmatics divide and other issues in the philosophy of language (including contextualism, deixis, and the meaning of gestures). I am also a graduate candidate in the Office of Sustainability’s certificate program exploring the relationship between green business practices and animal ethics. Additional interests include embodiment’s implications for moral psychology, axiological grounding and its relationship to political ecology, various issues in the philosophy of religion (atheological arguments, philosophical eschatology, theological aesthetics), and Ancient Greek philosophy (specifically, Plato).

MemberJonathan Herold

My field of research is the study of pragmatic aspects of early medieval literate culture, particularly early record-keeping practices and modes of memorialization.  My doctoral thesis (Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, 2008) is an analysis of the composition and preservation of Worcester Cathedral’s Conquest-era archive.  I currently teach undergraduate courses on the Vikings in European History and Culture (University of Trinity College of the University of Toronto), the History of Early and Later Medieval Europe and the History of Anglo-Saxon England (Glendon College of York University); I have also taught in the Department of History of Trent University-Oshawa.  I have contributed electronic text markup and data development for Professor A. P. M. Orchard’s “Mapping Anglo-Saxon Poetry Project” (University of Toronto) and pre-Conquest English charter data to Professor Michael Gervers’ DMC-DEEDS Project.

MemberKristy Beers Fägersten

I received my PhD in 2000 from the University of Florida, with the dissertation A Descriptive Analysis of the Social Functions of Swearing in American English. My dissertation supervisor was Diana Boxer. My research interests include pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and discourse and conversation analysis. I’m member of the networks SwiSca (Swearing in Scandinavia) and NNCoRe (Nordic Network for Comics Research), which relate to my specialization on the use of English swear words in Sweden and the oral, conversational aspects of contemporary Swedish comic strips. Some projects already under way include: Advances in Swearing Research: New Contexts, New Languages, co-edited with Karyn Stapleton from the University of Ulster (under review). This volume includes my chapter, FUCK CANCER, Fucking Åmål, Aldrig fucka upp: The Standardization of fuck in Swedish Media. Linguistic and pragmatic outcomes of contact with English, special issue co-edited with Liz Petersen, University of Helsinki (in preparation). This issue includes my article, “What’s so funny about swearing? English swearwords as Swedish humor.” Other articles in preparation include: “The role of English-language swearing in creating an online persona: The case of Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie” “Taking turns and taking drinks: The integration of drinking in comic strip conversation’

MemberManuel Alcántara-Plá

As Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities and social sciences of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, I spent most of my time researching on Formal Semantics, Grammar, Computational Linguistcs, (Speech/Multimodal)Corpus and Annotation. Examples of topics I find especially interesting are:

  • The relationship between pragmatics, semantics and grammar of natural languages: How does the context influence our way of expressing ideas?
  • The formalization of grammars using current mathematical theories: Can we analize natural languages with logical rules?
  • The grammar of orality: What do our writing and our speech have in common?
  • Computer mediated communication and the language of the new media. Are we actually speaking differently?

Trying to resolve these problems I have been dealing with other exciting topics such as machine translation, the acoustic features of speech and the transmission of information in multimodal contexts.