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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


Professor Kasia Jaszczolt

Kasia Jaszczolt
Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Newnham College
Sidgwick Avenue



Professor Kasia Jaszczolt holds a D.Phil. in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford (1992). She joined the University of Cambridge in 1995, first as Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, Reader, and since 2010 Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language.

Kasia Jaszczolt's research interests combine semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language and include such research areas as the semantics/pragmatics interface, ambiguity and underspecification, defaults and conventions in discourse, the semantics and metaphysics of time, and propositional attitude constructions, including attitudes de se and indexicality. She is the author of a theory of discourse interpretation called Default Semantics.


Her books include:

  • Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language (2016, Oxford University Press) 
  • Representing Time: an Essay on Temporality as Modality (2009, Oxford University Press) 
  • Default Semantics: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication (2005, Oxford University Press) 
  • Semantics and Pragmatics: Meaning in Language and Discourse(2002, Longman) 
  • Discourse, Beliefs and Intentions: Semantic Defaults and Propositional Attitude Ascription (1999, Elsevier Science) 


She has also edited and co-edited several collections including: 

  • Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals (2018, Oxford University Press) 
  • Time: Language, Cognition, and Reality (2013, Oxford University Press)
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics (2012, Cambridge University Press) 
  • Salient Meanings (2011, Mouton de Gruyter) 
  • Meaning through Language Contrast (2 volumes, 2003, J. Benjamins) 
  • Pragmatics of Propositional Attitude Reports (2000, Elsevier Science) 
  • Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics (2 volumes, 1996, Elsevier Science)


She is managing editor of book series Oxford Studies of Time in Language and Thought (Oxford University Press) and Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface (CRiSPI, Elsevier, 1996-2008), member of numerous editorial boards including Journal of Pragmatics, Intercultural Pragmatics, book series Studies in Pragmatics. In 2012 she was elected Member of Academia Europaea and in 2015 Alumnus VIP, University of Łódź. She is also Professorial Fellow of Newnham College.

She is currently working on a monograph on the philosophy of time and the semantics of temporal reference and on the second edition of her book Semantics and Pragmatics: Meaning in Language and Discourse for Cambridge University Press.

Kasia Jaszczolt welcomes PhD applications in semantics, pragmatics and philosophy of language.

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