Directeur de Recherche, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Global Distinguished Professor, New York University

Philippe Schlenker is a senior researcher at CNRS (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris) and a Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He was educated at École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and obtained a Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from EHESS (Paris). He has taught at École Normale Supérieure, Paris, at the University of Southern California, at UCLA, and, since 2008, at NYU. P. Schlenker’s early interests included semantics, pragmatics, the philosophy of language and philosophical logic. He has conducted research on indexicals and indirect discourse, intensional semantics, anaphora, presuppositions, as well as semantic paradoxes.

In recent work, he has advocated a program of 'Super Semantics' that seeks to expand the traditional frontiers of the field. He has investigated the semantics of sign languages, with special attention both to their logical structure and to the rich iconic means that interact with it. In order to have a point of comparison for these iconic phenomena, P. Schlenker has also investigated the logic and typology of gestures in spoken language. In collaborative work with primatologists and psycholinguists, he has laid the groundwork for a 'primate semantics' that seeks to apply the general methods of formal linguistics to primate vocalizations. And in recent research, he has advocated the development of a detailed semantics for music, albeit one that is very different from linguistic semantics.

Interests: Semantics, Pragmatics; Philosophy of Language; Philosophical Logic; Syntax, Morphology; Sign Language Linguistics (ASL and LSF); Gesture Semantics; Music Semantics; Primate Vocalizations and Gestures

Directeur de Recherche (classe exceptionnelle)

Institut Jean-Nicod - Département d'Études Cognitives

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

LINGUAE research group

Global Distinguished Professor

Department of Linguistics

New York University

(11 weeks per year)


'Euryi' Project Leader (European Science Foundation - 2007-2013)

Advanced Grant Leader - European Research Council - 2013-2018: "New Frontiers of Formal Semantics" (FRONTSEM)

Advanced Grant Leader - European Research Council - 2019-2024: "Sources of Meaning" (Orisem)

Ph.D (Linguistics), MIT, September 1999; Ph.D (Philosophy), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, January 2002

Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, April 2005; Qualification (CNU, Professeur, Linguistique), January 2006. Silver Medal from CNRS, 2021.

Editorship (past and present): Managing Editor, Journal of Semantics (2009-2012); Member of the Editorial Boards of Natural Language Semantics, Semantics & Pragmatics, Linguistics & Philosophy, and Language & Linguistics Compass (Semantics and Pragmatics section).

Advisory role: Head of the Advisory Board, Journal of Semantics (2013-2020). Executive committee of IAST (Toulouse Institute of Advanced Studies; 2012-2017).

Membership: Academia Europaea, 2017-


ERC Advanced Grant Orisem (2019-2024)

ERC Advanced Grant FRONSTEM (2012 call; 20013-2019)

ERC Starting Grant ('Consolidator') (2011 call, SUPERSEM; declined for the ERC Advanced Grant FRONTSEM)

Euryi Award, European Science Foundation (2007-2013)

Before 2007: National Science Foundation (USA); Ryskamp Fellowship (American Council of Learned Societies); Systèmes Complexes en SHS (CNRS); Fondation Thiers (France); Arthur Sachs Foundation (Harvard University).