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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[May 2024]  Paul Egré's ANR team HYBRINFOX (ANR Astrid AI) came in 1st place on an automated language classification task concerning subjectivity at the CheckThat! 2024 competition.

[May 2024] Nur Lan defended his broad and deep PhD Dissertation; the thesis is entitled "Simplicity-Based Language Modeling Using Artificial Neural Networks".

[March 2024] Semanticist Uli Sauerland (ZAS) is one of eight internationally renowned figures to join the CNRS as “fellow-ambassadors” in 2024.

[March 2024] Semanticists Irene Heim and Hans Kamp have been awarded the 2024 Rolf Schock prize in logic and philosophy (perhaps the closest thing the field has to a Nobel Prize) for their (mutually independent) development of dynamic semantics for natural language.

[February 2024] Carlo Geraci's project (with N. Abner and others) on sign language phylogeny has been published in Science. Read more about the article in English here and in French here.

[January 2024] Jeremy Kuhn defended his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) with aplomb; the HDR is entitled "Sign language semantics: iconicity and the grammar."

[September 2023] Léo Migotti Ramponi defended with flying colors a dissertation entitled "Investigating musical meaning: Empirical evidence for a music semantics" (advisors: Philippe Schlenker and Jean-Julien Aucouturier; August 31, 2023). He almost immediately went on to become a permanent professor and researcher at Institut Français de la Mode in Paris. Congratulations, Léo!

[September 2023] Diego Feinmann, a former PhD student and postdoc in our group, will be starting as an Assistant Professor at IPI PAN (Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences) in Warsaw. Congratulations!

[July 2023] Benjamin Spector has been awarded an ANR grant for his collaborative research project CogComMean, "Communicative efficiency, cognitive constraints, and lexical meaning."

[June 2023] Members of our team organized the workshop "Applications of game theory in the study of language." More information here.

[March 2023] Jeremy Kuhn has been awarded funding for a 3-year PhD student to work on the project Meaning, Gesture, and Sign in Mesoamerica, in collaboration with Robert Henderson of the University of Arizona.

[December 2022] Diego Feinmann, a former PhD student and postdoc in our group, has been awarded a Juan de la Cierva scholarship, to be held at Pompeu Fabra University. Congratulations Diego!

[November 2022] Justine Mertz, a former PhD student in our group, has been awarded a Fyssen grant to study coarticulation in LSF at the IfL-Phonetics Lab at the University of Cologne.

[September 2022] Janek Guerrini,  a PhD student in the group, won the Best Poster Award at the 2022 Student Session of the European School of Logic, Language, and Information. Congratulations Janek!

[April 2022] Mirko Santoro, a former PhD student in the group, has been awarded a CNRS Bronze Medal. Congratulations, Mirko!


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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