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 available here.

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 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)).

Upcoming/Recent Presentations:

WORKSHOP: Game theoretic Modelling for Social Meaning and Semantic Change. at NWAV45 (co-taught with Elizabeth Smith).

Heather Burnett. (2016). Régularités et chaos dans les atlas linguistiques: Comparaison entre les données syntaxiques de l'ALF et les nouvelles enquêtes du projet SyMiLa. Atelier MiMoGa: Chercher la régularité pour ne trouver que le chaos? Problèmes et défis de (micro)variation morphosyntaxique galloromane. Université de Zurich. September 2016. handout

Heather Burnett & Erez Levon. (2016). A (More or Less) Compositional Semantics of Style. Paper to be presented at the Meaning Optimization and Interaction (MOI) workshop. Université Paris Diderot. September 2016. SLIDES , Appendix

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. SLIDES OT Grammar file

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

Heather Burnett. (2016). Signalling Games, Sociolinguistic Variation and the Construction of Style. Talk in the Department of Linguistics. University College London. May 2016.

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