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Anne Bezuidenhout

Title: Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics
Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Close-Hipp 530
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 anahgphoric 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 and in what I call the process of ‘conversational tailoring’.

Courses taught AY 2020-21

  • Introduction to Formal Logic I (PHIL 114)
  • Introduction to Formal Logic II (PHIL 115)
  • Figurative Language (PHIL 370/ LING 405)
  • Knowledge and Reality (PHIL 350)

Recent Publications

  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2019). ‘Noun-noun compounds from the perspective of Relevance Theory’, in R. Carston, B. Clark and K. Scott (eds.), Relevance, Pragmatics and Interpretation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 174-186.
  • Bezuidenhout, A. (2019). ‘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.

Recent Presentations

  • 'Joint communication with general extenders’, presented at the 16th biennial International Pragmatics Association meetings, Hong Kong, June 9-14, 2019.
  • ‘Discourse relations and appositives’ presented at ECOM workshop on Communication, Context, and Content, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, May 3-4, 2019.
  • (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.

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