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.

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[July 2021] Charlotte Hauser, a former PhD student in our group, has been awarded the Grand Prix of the BPI innovation I-PhD concours, based on a project initiated during her PhD research. Congratulations Charlotte!

[July 2021] Maria Giavazzi has been awarded an ANR ‘jeunes chercheur.e.s’ grant for her project, The role of phonetic substance in prosodic conditioning: From diachrony to synchrony, and back.

[July 2021] WooJin Chung, postdoc in our team in 2019-2021, has accepted a tenure-track position at Seoul National University's Department of Linguistics. Congratulations WooJin!

[June 2021] Amir Anvari, a current postdoc and a former Cogmaster and PhD student in our group, has just accepted a tenure-track position at MIT's Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

[June 2021] Mora Maldonado, a former PhD student in our group, has been ranked 1st for a job at CNRS.

[April 2021] Salvador Mascarenhas has been awarded funding for a three year collaboration with Yasutada Sudo of UCL for their project Language in Reasoning.

[March 2021] Philippe Schlenker has been awarded a CNRS Silver Medal "for the originality, quality and importance of his work, recognized on a national and international level."

[December 3, 2019] Amir Anvari defended with great success a dissertation (or rather 'three dissertations', as a jury member mentioned) on 'Meaning in context' (advisors: Philippe Schlenker and Benjamin Spector). Congratulations to him!

[November 4, 2019] We are delighted to announce that Mirko Santoro, who defended his dissertation at the IJN in 2018, has joined the CNRS as a permanent researcher, affiliated with the laboratory SFL of Paris 8. We are proud to see that our network of sign language researchers continues to grow, making Paris one of the best places in the world to study sign language linguistics!

[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.


Director of

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

Associate Director of LINGUAE

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

Directeur de Recherche, Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS

Director of

Psycholinguistic Research

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

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