Professeure des universités - Linguistique de l’anglais, pragmatique, linguistique de corpus, grammaireCNU : SECTION 11 - LANGUES ET LITTERATURES ANGLAISES ET ANGLO-SAXONNES
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Domaines de recherche
tense, aspect, modality, the semantics-pragmatics interface, politeness theory
Axes de recherche
My scientific interest is mainly in (non-formal) semantics and pragmatics. Most of my research relates to the verb phrase (tense, aspect, modals) in English, with a particular concern for the semantics-pragmatics divide. In 2013, I organized a workshop series on the semantics-pragmatics interface and in 2014, I was the co-organizer of a workshop on pragmatic enrichment. A volume of papers Semantics and pragmatics. Drawing a line, which I co-edited with Raf Salkie, was published in 2017 (Springer). The ongoing (ANR-FNS funded) REM (Rethinking English Modal constructions) project (2017-2021) critically assesses different quantitative methods that can lay bare the speaker's choice of modals and positions itself with respect to qualitative questions as to what is pragmatic/semantic about modal meaning. I have published a grammar of English with Chad Langford (2012); the second edition appeared in 2019 (Advanced English Grammar. A linguistic approach, Bloomsbury). I have recently co-authored (with Sofie Decock and Nicolas Ruytenbeek) papers that analyse linguistic (in)directness and the perception of linguistic politeness in online complaints.
- pragmatic theory
- politeness theory
- mood and modality in English
- aspect and tense in English
I am the co-principal investigator of the ANR-FNS (2016-2020) funded project 'Rethinking English Modal Constructions. From feature-based paradigms to usage-based probabilistic representations'. (REM)
Current and former project participants: Bert Cappelle, Pascal Denis (INRIA/Cristal/Magnet), Matthieu Dehouck (Cristal/Magnet), Cyril Grandin, Natalia Grabar, Benoît Leclercq, Mégane Lesuisse, Bo Li.
Swiss partners: Martin Hilpert (PI), Suzanne Flach.
Together with Sofie Decock (UGent) and Nicolas Ruytenbeek (UGent), I am currently analysing (im)politeness in computer-mediated complaints. We presented the results of our corpus analysis at IPRA 2019 and at Sympol12 and two papers appeared in Journal of Pragmatics (2018, 2020).