Heather Burnett

I am a research scientist (CR2) working for the CNRS, housed within the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle at the Université de Paris 7-Denis Diderot.

A copy of my CV is availablehere.

You can contact me at:  heather.susan.burnett {at} gmail.com

My main research areas are formal semantics, formal syntax and language variation and change; however, my research also makes contributions to the fields of morphology, pragmatics, the philosophy of language, natural logic, dialectology, historical linguistics and variationist sociolinguistics.  

Although I have worked on a variety of languages from the Germanic, Romance and Austronesian families, a large portion of my research focuses on the description and analysis of languages and dialects from the Gallo-Romance family: varieties of French spoken in Canada (particularly, Québec French, Acadian French and Franco-Ontarien), historical varieties of French (particularly, Old, Middle and Classical French), and endangered non-French Gallo-Romance languages (both Oïl varieties (such as Picard, Lorrain and Normand) and Occitan varieties (particularly Languedocien and Limousin)).

Recent Event: I organized an international workshop on Gallo-Romance syntax: SyMiLa 2015 in Toulouse, June 2015!

Upcoming/Recent Presentations:

Heather Burnett & Sali A. Tagliamonte. (2016). Using Intra-Speaker Variation to Diagnose Syntactic Structure. Poster presented at the 39th Generative Linguistics in the Old World Colloquium (GLOW39). Göttingen University. Germany, April 2016. POSTER

Julie Auger & Heather Burnett. (2016). Syntax, Semantics and Affect in Picard Secondary Negation. Paper presented at the 46th Linguistics Symposium on Romance Languages. Stony Brook University. April 2016. SLIDES

Heather Burnett & Sali A. Tagliamonte. (2016). Using Cross-linguistic Evidence to Ground Morphosyntactic Change: No/Not...Any in the History of English. Paper to be presented at the 18th Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference (DIGS18).Ghent University. Belgium, June 2016.  

Heather Burnett. (2016). Hard and Soft Syntactic Microvariation in Gallo-Romance Negation. Paper to be presented at the Formal Approaches to Romance Microvariation (FARM) at the 49th meeting of the Societas Linguisticas Europea. University of Naples. August 2016.

Heather Burnett. (2016). Signalling Games, Sociolinguistic Variation and the Construction of Style. Paper presented at the 17th Szklarska Poreba Workshop on the Roots of Pragmasemantics. Szklarska Poreba, Poland. March 2016. slides
  • Here is a longer more detailed presentation on the project of incorporating social meaning into formal pragmatics via a formalization of Eckert's Third Wave Variation theory using game theory and Bayesian inference.