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Professor Deirdre Wilson

Professor of Linguistics, University College London


Deirdre Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at University College London and a Research Professor of Philosophy and co-director (with Herman Cappelen) of the Linguistic Agency project at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo. Her main research interests are in communication and theoretical pragmatics: her long-standing collaboration with Dan Sperber (Relevance: Communication and Cognition, Blackwell, 1986/95; Meaning and Relevance, Cambridge University Press, 2012) has led to publications on a wide variety of pragmatic topics, from disambiguation and reference resolution to rhetoric, style and the interpretation of literary works. Her novel Slave of the Passions (Picador, 1991) was shortlisted for two prizes and she has just completed a second.

Past appointments
Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Linguistics University College London (1970 - )

Principal publications
Presuppositions and Non-Truth Conditional Semantics, 1975
Modern Linguistics: The Results of Chomsky's Revolution, 1979
Relevance: Communication and Cognition, 1995 (second edition)
Meaning and Relevance, 2012


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