Katarzyna Jaszczolt

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Kasia Jaszczolt
Professor Kasia Jaszczolt.jpg
Professor Kasia Jaszczolt at Newnham College, 2017
Residence Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Alma mater University of Oxford
Known for

Default Semantics, research on belief ascription, semantics of

propositional attitudes, and conceptualisation of time
Scientific career
Fields Linguistics, Philosophy
Institutions University of Cambridge

Katarzyna M. "Kasia" Jaszczolt, MAE (/ˈjɑːʃ.t/) is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, and professorial fellow and director of studies in linguistics at Newnham College, Cambridge.[1][2]

She is the author of a theory of discourse interpretation, Default Semantics, in which she breaks away from the tradition of modelling utterance meaning by means of a sentence-based proposition and proposes instead so-called merger representations which combine the output of various sources and processes leading to the recovery of speaker meaning, shifting compositionality from the level of syntactic structures to the level of the merger.[3] She publishes widely on various topics in philosophy of language, semantics and pragmatics, including representing time in language and mind, ambiguity and underspecification of meaning, propositional attitudes, and representing the self. She is general editor of a book series Oxford Studies of Time in Language and Thought, Oxford University Press (with Louis de Saussure) and member of several editorial boards of linguistics journals, including Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics and Belgian Journal of Linguistics, and book series, including Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology, Springer, and Studies in Pragmatics, Elsevier. From 1996 to 2008 she was principal editor of a book series Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, Elsevier. She was also a member of the Committee of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB).[4] In 2012 she was elected member of Academia Europaea and in 2015 Alumnus VIP, University of Łódź. Her publications and talks can be accessed on her Academia.edu page.

Selected publications

Her books include:

  • Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language. 2016. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Representing Time: An Essay on Temporality as Modality. 2009. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Default Semantics: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication. 2005. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Semantics and Pragmatics: Meaning in Language and Discourse. 2002. London: Longman.
  • Discourse, Beliefs and Intentions: Semantic Defaults and Propositional Attitude Ascription. 1999. Oxford: Elsevier Science.

External links

  • Kasia Jaszczolt's Homepage
  • Default Semantics homepage
  • Publications and talks (academia.edu)


  1. ^ Profile at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge Archived 2009-09-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Profile at Newnham College, Cambridge
  3. ^ Default Semantics project page at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge Archived 2009-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Officers of the LAGB
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