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

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News [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.

[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!