[May 20, 2018] Amir Anvari received the 'best presentation award' at SALT 2018 (MIT). Congratulations to him!

Starting in September 2018, the LINGUAE seminar will be moved from Wednesday, 11:30am to Thursday, 11:30am (Salle de Réunion du Pavillon).

[May 2018] The memorial for Morris Halle, one of the founders of contemporary linguistics, can be viewed online.

[May 2018]  ***Philippe Schlenker was recently elected to Academia Europaea. He has also been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.

[December 2017] Valentina Aristodemo defended (with flying colors) her dissertation on Gradable constructions in Italian Sign Language (advisors: P. Schlenker; C. Geraci). Congratulations to her!

The 2017 LINGUAE Lectures were given by Philip Tetlock (UPenn), a leading expert of the psychology of judgment.

Philippe Schlenker is delighted to announce that Melissa Berthet will join our group between September 2017 and April 2018 to conduct research (in collaboration with Klaus Zuberbühler's group in Neuchâtel) on primate linguistics. 

Salvador Mascarenhas and Emmanuel Chemla are delighted to announce that Rachel Dudley has just
accepted a two-year postdoctoral position to work with them on Interpretation, Reasoning, and Decisions.


Brent Strickland has been hired as a researcher (Chargé de Recherche) by CNRS at Institut Jean-Nicod. Congratulations to him!

Salvador Mascarenhas has accepted an Assistant Professorship at ENS's Department of Cognitive Studies (DEC, in linguistics). He will be a member of Institut Jean-Nicod. Welcome aboard!

We are delighted to announce that 

Brent Strickland was ranked second for one of four CNRS junior positions in linguistics, that

Emmanuel Chemla was ranked third for one of four CNRS senior positions in linguistics, and that

Paul Egré was ranked first for one of four CNRS senior positions in philosophy

Congratulations to all three!

Alexandre Cremers defended his dissertation On the Semantics of Embedded Questions (March 24, 2016; advisor: Emmanuel Chemla).

Emmanuel Chemla was selected as one of 20 scholars worldwide that are invited to apply for (up to 10) awards from the McDonnell Foundation. Congratulations to him, and good luck with the next step!

Paul Egré has won a Bronze Medal from CNRS. Congratulations to him!

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft decided to give their 2016 Wilhelm-von-Humboldt dissertation award to (current LINGUAE member) Manuel Križ  for his dissertation on Aspects Of Homogeneity In The Semantics Of Natural Language, defended in 2015 in Vienna. Congratulations to him! 


–The LINGUAE Lectures 2015 were given by Didier Demolin (University of Paris 3) on primate communication, human sound systems, and music.


–Several new post-docs are joining our group this Fall:

Manuel Kriz (a former visitor) will work on semantics and experimental semantics  (SEMEXP project).

Jeremy Kuhn (a former visitor) will work on semantics and sign language linguistics in our group (FRONTSEM project).

Tal Linzen will work on distributional semantics in collaboration with Benjamin Spector and Emmanuel Dupoux.

Steven Verheyen will work on the semantics and psychology of vagueness in collaboration with Benjamin Spector and Paul Egré.


–We are delighted to announce that Benjamin Spector has been promoted to 'Directeur de Recherche' within CNRS, and that Paul Egré and Benjamin Spector are now 'Maîtres de Conférences Attachés' at ENS (at the Philosophy Department and at DEC respectively). Congratulations to both!


Brent Strickland's paper on non-signers' knowledge of 'Wilbur's Generalization' appeared in PNAS.


–January 2014: We are delighted to announce that Vincent Homer is joining Institut Jean-Nicod (and the LINGUAE team) as a CNRS Chargé de Recherche, and that Lucie Ravaux is joining our group as a Research Coordinator.

–We are delighted to announce that on December 10, 2014 our regular collaborator Yann Cantin defended with great success his dissertation on the history of the French Deaf community. Congratulations to him! 

–LINGUAE member Benjamin Spector successfully defended his Habilitation on December 2,  2014. Congratulations to him!

–ENS hosted a Workshop for Young Researchers at ENS and LLING on Tuesday, October 28th. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for MAs, PhDs, and postdocs in linguistics from ENS and Nantes to become better acquainted with each other’s research, through a series of short presentations.

–Benjamin Spector and Paul Egré (Institut Jean Nicod) have won an ANR grant for research on "Trivalent logics and natural language meaning" (ANR project, 212000 euros, 2015-2018).

–We took part on July 9, 2014 in a Primate Linguistics Workshop in Honour of Jean-Pierre Gautier, funded by a grant from PSL (PI: Robin Ryder), and organized by Robin Ryder and Lucie Ravaux.

–LINGUAE member Emmanuel Chemla successfully defended his Habilitation on February 26, 2014. Congratulations to him!


December 2013

The 2013  Annual LINGUAE Lectures (December 2-6, 2013) featured Karen Emmorey (San Diego State). Details can be found here. The lectures were held in conjunction with a meeting of the sign language network COST.

We are sorry to announce that on December 12, 2013 Dominique Sportiche informed ENS that he would not take a Professorship he was offered within DEC following a competitive procedure in 2013. Since this decision came at a very late stage, nobody will be hired on this position; any future hiring will require a new procedure.

September 2013

Valentina Aristodemo (sign language linguistics, semantics, psycholinguistics) joined our group as a PhD student.

Three new members have just joined our group:
- Natalia Ivlieva (PhD 2013, MIT; semantics, pragmatics), arriving in October 2013;
Erin Zaroukian (PhD 2013; Johns Hopkins; syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics), arriving in October 2013; 
- Lyn Tieu (PhD 2013, UConn; syntax/semantics, psycholinguistics)arriving in January 2014.

Emmanuel Chemla was invited to take part in September 2013 in the conference "The Cognitive Revolution 60 years on". He will also give a keynote address to SALT 2014.

Paul Egré gave keynote address to the Amsterdam Colloquium in December 2013.

Guillaume Thomas (who just finished a postdoc with us) will be joining Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf as a postdoc.

Benjamin Spector gave an invited course on 'Scalar Implicatures and Grammar'  at the LSA Summer School 2013. 

Philippe Schlenker gave a keynote address to the International Congress of Linguists in Geneva in July 2013.

June 2013

Mirko Santoro has just obtained a 3-year Dissertation Fellowship from MERS (Ile-de-France). 

Yasu Sudo, currently a postdoc in our group, has been offered a tenure-track position at UCL’s Department of Linguistics.

Salvador Mascarenhas (linguistics, NYU) is visiting our group for several months.

Jeremy Kuhn (semantics and sign language, NYU) will be a visitor in our group at the end of June and in July 2013.

May 2013
Chemla and Schlenker’s ERC Projects are both starting on May 1, 2013.

Emmanuel Chemla and Philippe Schlenker coordinated  in the Spring of 2013 a research seminar on ‘Primate Linguistics’; more information  here.


   – Members of our group won three grants:

• Emmanuel  CHEMLA  - ERC Starting Grant (‘starter’): ‘Psycho-Semantics: new data for formal semantics models, stronger frameworks for experimental studies'

[A stronger integration of experimental psychology and formal semantic methods could have a decisive impact on both psycholinguistics and formal semantics. It requires important theoretical and methodological efforts from both communities]. Around 1.5 million euros, 5 years

• Philippe SCHLENKER’s project ‘New Frontiers of Formal Semantics’ ('FRONTSEM') won an Advanced Grant of the ERC (up to 2.5 million euros).

[Broad project on the modular organization of meaning in human language (spoken and signed languages) and beyond (semantics of primate vocalizations and pragmatic effects in music].  

(This grant supersedes the ERC Starting Grant SUPERSEM, which was won a few weeks earlier.)

• Dominique SPORTICHE and Patrick SAUZET (Université Toulouse 2 (UMR 5263)) have obtained a grant from the ANR:  ‘Syntactic Microvariation in the Romance Languages of France’

[Documentation of endangered Romance languages in France + microvariation: investigation of correlated grammatical variables in very closely related linguistic varieties].  Around 400Keuros,  3 years.

    – The 2012 Annual LINGUAE Lectures (November 19-23 2012) featured Fred Lerdahl (Columbia University), a pioneer of the formal study of music cognition.

    – Heather Burnett (SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow) is joining LINGUAE for this academic year (2012-2013).

       Yasutada Sudo (MIT) and Guillaume Thomas (MIT) have now joined LINGUAE as postdocs  (September 2012).

       Jonah Katz won a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Berkeley starting in the Fall of 2012.
       Isabelle Charnavel has accepted a tenure-track position at Harvard’s Department of Linguistics.

    – The annual semantics conference Sinn und Bedeutung 17  took place  at Ecole Normale Supérieure on September 8-10, 2012 (Chair: Emmanuel Chemla). EALing (Fall School

in Linguistics) took place  immediately thereafter (organization: Dominique Sportiche).

Before 2012

    – Marta Abrusan and Giorgio Magri, both former postdocs in our group, have obtained permanent positions at CNRS. (2011) 

    – Benjamin Spector as awarded a CNRS ‘bronze medal’ (‘médaille de bronze’) for 2010.

       Philippe Schlenker’s paper ‘Presuppositions and local contexts’ was selected on the Philosopher’s Annual ‘top ten’ list for 2010.