Discourse and Pragmatics
Drs. Jürgen Bohnemeyer, Abigaël Candelas de la Ossa, Matthew Dryer, and Jean-Pierre Koenig.
Discourse is a very important research specialty of the department of Linguistics at UB. Examples of current research includes the relation between syntax and discourse (Dryer), or how discourse structure helps inferring temporal structure or filling in underspecified semantic representations (Koenig). Candelas de la Ossa works at the interfaces of pragmatics, semantics, and sociolinguistics. By examining variation in pragmatic/semantic features such as pronouns and modal auxiliaries, and lexicosyntactic variation, she looks at how semantic and pragmatic features can be used as stancetaking resources. Prof. Emeritus Madeleine Mathiot studies conversation and has produced a detailed study, Talk in Interactive Events.