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Anne Bezuidenhout

Title: Professor of Philosophy
Core Member of Linguistics Program
Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Byrnes 417
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Department of Philosophy
Linguistics Program 
Department of Psychology
Anne Bezuidenhout

Research Interests

I am interested in pragmatic phenomena, such as presuppositions and conversational implicatures, which I study using both formal and experimental methods. My experimental work has looked at scalar implicatures and at the role that discourse-level information plays in anaphoric pronoun resolution. I am currently interested in the processing of non-restrictive relative clauses. My formal work is focused on perspective taking in conversation and on the notions of foregrounding and backgrounding of information in conversation. I am also exploring joint referring, namely joint actions performed by two or more interlocutors who do their parts to produce an outcome (referring to a thing or a category of things) that would not have resulted from the efforts of any of the individuals acting alone. With regard to category reference in particular, I am looking at the role of general extenders, which are clause final occurrences of expressions such as ‘and that sort of thing’, ‘or something like that’, etc.

Courses taught AY 2018-19

  • Introduction to Formal Logic I (PHIL 114)
  • Introduction to Formal Logic II (PHIL 115)
  • Figurative Language (PHIL 370/ LING 405/ ENGL 439)
  • Mind & Nature (PHIL 351)

Recent Publications

  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2018). ‘Noun-noun compounds from the perspective of Relevance Theory’, in R. Carston, B. Clark and K. Scott (eds.), Relevance Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 174-186.
  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2018). ‘Joint reference’ in The Oxford Handbook of Reference, edited by Jeanette Gundel and Barbara Abbott, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.45-66.
  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2017). ‘The role of context in semantics: A Relevance Theory perspective’, in Sarah-Jane Conrad & Klaus Petrus (eds.), Meaning, Context, and Methodology, Mouton Series in Pragmatics, Berlin: de Gruyter, October 2017, pp. 91-114.
  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2017). ‘Contextualism vs. semantic minimalism’, in The Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics, edited by Yan Huang, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 21-46.
  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2016). What properly belongs to grammar? A response to Lepore and Stone. Inquiry 59(2): 175-194.
  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2016). Presupposition failure and the assertive enterprise. Topoi 35(1): 23-35.

Recent Presentations

  • (with Emily Bowling). ‘Appositive relative clauses and the foreground/background distinction’, to be presented at AMPRA-4, University at Albany, SUNY, November 1-3, 2018.
  • ’General extenders and joint communication’, presented at the joint meetings of the SCSP and the NCSP, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, March 23-24, 2018.
  • ’Metaphor as joint communication’, invited presentation for workshop on Fictional and Figurative Speech, University of Hamburg, Germany, September 22-23, 2017.
  • ’Tests for at-issue versus backgrounded content’, 15th Biennial International Pragmatics Association conference, Belfast Ireland, July 17-21, 2017.
  • ’At-issue versus backgrounded content: The case of parentheticals’. Keynote presentation for 8th Lodz Symposium: New Developments in Linguistic Pragmatics, Lodz, Poland, May 15-17, 2017.
  • Comments on ‘What denial Isn’t’, APA Eastern Division meetings, Baltimore, Maryland, January 4-7, 2017.

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