Professor Kasia M. Jaszczolt
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Kasia Jaszczolt (pronounced: Yashchout), (D.Phil Oxon 1992, PhD Cantab 1999, MAE) is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language, University of Cambridge, and Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Linguistics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She has worked at the University of Cambridge since 1995, first as Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, and Reader and since 2010 as Professor. She was President of the Cambridge Institute of Language Research and Head of Department of Linguistics 2009-11. In 2012 she was elected Member of Academia Europaea and in 2015 obtained the title Alumnus VIP from the University of Łódź.
She has published 5 monographs, 12 co-authored and co-edited books, and over 100 articles on topics in semantics, pragmatics and philosophy. She is the author of a theory of discourse interpretation Default Semantics and General Editor of a book series Oxford Studies of Time in Language and Thought, Oxford University Press (with Louis de Saussure). She has been a recipient of various research grants, among others from The Leverhulme Trust (Default Semantics 2003-4 and Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals 2014-17).
Her current research focuses on two projects: (i) the semantics and metaphysics of time and (ii) the new concept of a functional proposition that captures meaning in discourse -- meaning intended by the speaker, recovered by the addressee, and partly co-constructed by them, as it is understood in her theory of Default Semantics. Her recent research on topics in metasemantics and metapragmatics (i. a. Rethinking Being Gricean) was partly funded by Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme.
She is a member of several editorial boards of linguistics journals, including Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics, Belgian Journal of Linguistics, Kalbotyra, Acta Linguistica Hungarica, Studies in Polish Linguistics, Lodz Papers in Linguistics, International Journal of Language Studies, Folia Philosophica, and book series, including Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology, Springer, New Waves in Pragmatics Research, Routledge, and Studies in Pragmatics, Elsevier. From 1996 to 2008 she was General Editor of a book series Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, Elsevier. She was also member of the Committee of the Linguistic Association of Great Britain (LAGB), 2003-2009.
Updated 12 February 2021