LINGUAE is a research group of Institut Jean-Nicod (a CNRS/ENS/EHESS laboratory), which is itself a member of ENS’s Département d’Etudes Cognitives (DEC). LINGUAE is one of the teams of DEC-Linguistics.  

The group works on language and its interfaces with cognition, with a special focus on meaning. Research topics include semantics and pragmatics, psycholinguistics, reasoning, sign language linguistics, primate linguistics, and music cognition. 


Director of LINGUAE

Philippe Schlenker

Directeur de Recherche, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; Global Distinguished Professor, New York University

Associate Director of LINGUAE

Benjamin Spector

Directeur de Recherche, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS; Professeur Associé, DEC, ENS

Director of Sign Language Research

Carlo Geraci

Directeur de Recherche, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS

Director of Psycholinguistic Research

Directeur de Recherche, LSCP, CNRS; Associate member of Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS



News [June 21, 2019] Milica Denić defended her excellent dissertation, 'Language and logic: the cases of negative polarity items and scalar implicatures' (advisors: Emmanuel Chemla and Benjamin Spector). Congratulations, Milica!

[May 13, 2019] Salvador Mascarenhas is hiring new postdocs to start in September 2019. See here for details.

[December 19, 2018] Mirko Santoro defended his excellent dissertation entitled 'Compounds in sign languages: the case of Italian and French Sign Language' (advisor: Carlo Geraci). Congratulations, Mirko!

Recent News 

[July 13, 2018] Salvador Mascarenhas's project 'Entre langage et raisonnement' ('Between Language and Reasoning') will be funded by ANR. Congratulations to him!

[July 10, 2018] We are thrilled to announce that Jeremy Kuhn will be joining LINGUAE as a permanent CNRS researcher ('Chargé de Recherche') in October 2018. 

[June 5, 2018] Mora Maldonado defended with flying colors her dissertation entitled 'Understanding Semantic Ambiguities: an Experimental Perspective' (advisors: Emmanuel Chemla and Benjamin Spector). Congratulations to her!