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Theoretical Linguistics and Communication

Researchers in this group explore and develop understanding of areas of linguistic knowledge and processing, including semantics and pragmatics, the nature of communication and processing in a range of contexts, and the evolution of language and communication.

Recent research activities have focused on a range of areas of linguistic knowledge and processing, from a variety of perspectives, including versions of Chomskyan generative grammar, relevance theory, cognitive grammar, usage-based approaches, and (critical) discourse analysis.

Recent projects have focused on: the pragmatic processes involved in the production, interpretation and evaluation of texts; narratives in medical contexts; the construction and attribution of identities; individual education and literacy-related differences in linguistic knowledge; the origins and evolution of language and communication.


Billy Clark

Andy Feeney

Mimi Huang

James Street

PhD students

Crispin Chatterjee

Rachid Khoumikham

Kyu Hyun Park

Kinga Patterson

Houssem Sid

Sylvia Spanou






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