Professor Emerita of
The Ohio State University
Visiting Professor, NYU Linguistics
Affiliate, Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science
My main areas of specialization within linguistics are formal semantics and
pragmatics. Within these fields, my principal research interests are:
- Anaphora, definiteness, and specificity. Indexicals and proper names.
- Formal models of the context of utterance and its role in interpretation:
Presupposition, focus, implicature, perspective, and domain restriction
- The semantics and pragmatics of modality, mood, tense, and aspect
I've been collaborating with
Mandy Simons, and
since 2006 on projects that pertain to projective meaning: presupposition, conventional implicature, and
other non-assertoric aspects of utterance meaning. We currently have a
collaborative grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (2015-2018): "What's the question? A
cross-linguistic investigation into compositional and pragmatic
constraints on the question under discussion".
My colleague at OSU
Shapiro, and I have a long-term project on natural language
metaphysics. We're currently working on papers on the problem of
logical omniscience in epistemic modal statements, and on Waismann's
notion of open-texture in meaning. We have just completed editing a special
issue of Linguistics and Philosophy on the semantics of
cardinals (volume 40.4, to appear later this year) with papers by
Jefferson Barlew, Brendan Balcerak-Jackson & Dolores Pinka,
Fredericke Moltmann, and Eric Snyder.
- September 18-20, 2017: short course on anaphora in discourse,
Federal University of Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- September 21-22, 2nd Colloquium on Referential Semantics, Federal
University of Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- October 20, 2017: Rutgers University Linguistics Department colloquium.
- November 14-16, 2017: LENS 14, Tokyo, Japan.
I'm an Associate Editor
and Philosophy, and a member of the editorial board
Email: roberts DOT 21 AT osu.edu