Deirdre Wilson

Professor

Higher education and employment history

Deirdre Wilson (Professor of Linguistics, University College London) is a British linguist and cognitive scientist. She was trained in philosophy at Oxford and linguistics at MIT, where she wrote her PhD under the supervision of Noam Chomsky. Currently Professor of Linguistics at University College London and a Fellow of the British Academy, she has been a Lecturer in Philosophy at Somerville College Oxford, Harkness Fellow in Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, Visiting Research Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and Invitation Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Her main research interest is in pragmatics: her book Presuppositions and Non-Truth-Conditional Semantics (Academic Press, 1975) advocated a pragmatic approach to presuppositions, and her long-standing collaboration with Dan Sperber (e.g. Relevance: Communication and Cognition , Blackwell, 1986/95) has led to publications on a wide variety of pragmatic topics, from disambiguation and reference resolution to rhetoric and style. With Robyn Carston, she is currently completing a three-year research project on lexical pragmatics funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. Her novel Slave of the Passions (Picador, 1991) was shortlisted for the Yorkshire Post First Work Award and the Angel Prize for Literature, and she is now working on a second.
 

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Publications

  • Wilson, Deirdre (2017). Relevance Theory, In Yan Huang (ed.),  The Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780199697960.  Del 1, Kap 4.  s 79 - 100
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2016). Reassessing the conceptual-procedural distinction. Lingua.  ISSN 0024-3841.  175-176, s 5- 19 . doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2015.12.005
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Sasamoto, Ryoko (2016). Little Words: Communication and Procedural Meaning. Lingua.  ISSN 0024-3841.  175-176, s 1- 4
  • Sperber, Dan & Wilson, Deirdre (2015). Beyond speaker’s meaning. Croatian Journal of Philosophy.  ISSN 1333-1108.  XV(44), s 117- 149
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Sperber, Dan (2015). Beyond speaker's meaning. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics.  ISSN 0956-7194.  27
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2014). Corpus Analysis and Lexical Pragmatics: An Overview. International Review of Pragmatics.  ISSN 1877-3095.  6(2), s 2011- 239
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2014). Relevance Theory. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics.  ISSN 0956-7194.  26
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2013). Irony comprehension: A developmental perspective. Journal of Pragmatics.  ISSN 0378-2166.  59, s 40- 56 . doi: 10.1016/j.pragma.2012.09.016 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sperber, Dan & Wilson, Deirdre (2012). Explaining Irony, In  Meaning and Relevance.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9780521747486.  Kap 6.  s 123 - 145
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2012). Modality and the Conceptual-Procedural Distinction, In Ewa Wałaszewska & Agnieszka Piskorska (ed.),  Relevance Theory: More than Understanding.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  ISBN 978-1-4438-4019-4.  Kap 1.  s 23 - 44
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2012). Pragmatics, modularity, and mindreading, In Asa Kasher (ed.),  Pragmatics II: Critical concepts in linguistics.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415477956.  Vol V, Kap 56.
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2012). The mapping between the mental and the Public lexicon, In Asa Kasher (ed.),  Pragmatics II: Critical concepts in linguistics.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415477956.  Vol II, Kap 20.  s 184 - 200
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Carston, Robyn (2012). A unitary approach to lexical pragmatics: Relevance, inference and and hoc concepts, In Asa Kasher (ed.),  Pragmatics II: Critical concepts in linguistics.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415477956.  Vol II, Kap 22.  s 230 - 259
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Kolaiti, Patricia (2012). Corpus analysis and lexical pragmatics: An overview. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics.  ISSN 0956-7194.  24, s 27- 44
  • Chevallier, Coralie; Noveck, Ira; Happe, Francesca & Wilson, Deirdre (2011). What's in a voice? Prosody as a test case for the Theory of Mind account of autism. Neuropsychologia.  ISSN 0028-3932.  49(3), s 507- 517 . doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.11.042
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2011). Parallels and differences in the treatment of metaphor in relevance theory and cognitive linguistics. Intercultural Pragmatics.  ISSN 1612-295X.  8(2), s 177- 196 . doi: 10.1515/IPRG.2011.009
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2011). Parallels and differences in the treatment of metaphor in relevance theory and cognitive linguistics. Studia Linguistica Universitatis Iagellonicae Cracoviensis.  ISSN 1897-1059.  128(1), s 195- 213
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2011). Relevance and the interpretation of literary works. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics.  ISSN 0956-7194.  23, s 69- 80
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2011). The conceptual-procedural distinction: Past, present and future, In Victoria Escandell-Vidal; Manuel Leonetti & Aoife Ahern (ed.),  Procedual meaning: problems and perspectives.  Emerald Group Publishing Limited.  ISBN 978-0-85724-093-4.  Del 1, Kap 1.  s 3-31
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Carston, Robyn (2011). Metaphor, relevance and the "Emergent Property" issue, In Patrick Hanks & rachel giora (ed.),  Metaphor and Figurative Language.  Taylor & Francis.  ISBN 978-0415392495.  Del 6, Kap 16.  s 404 - 433
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Sperber, Dan (2011). Loose Talk, In Patrick Hanks & rachel giora (ed.),  Metaphor and Figurative Language.  Taylor & Francis.  ISBN 978-0415392495.  Del 6, Kap 14.  s 153 - 171
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Sperber, Dan (2011). The mapping between the mental and the public lexicon, In Dawn Archer & Peter Grundy (ed.),  The Pragmatics Reader.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-0415546607.  Kap 3.2.4.
  • Chevallier, C.; Wilson, Deirdre; Happe, F & Noveck, I (2010). Scalar Inferences in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  ISSN 0162-3257.  40(9), s 1104- 1117 . doi: 10.1007/s10803-010-0960-8
  • Sperber, Dan; Clement, Fabrice; Heintz, Christophe; Mascaro, Olivier; Mercier, Hugo; Origgi, Gloria & Wilson, Deirdre (2010). Epistemic Vigilance. Mind and language.  ISSN 0268-1064.  25(4), s 359- 393
  • Chevallier, C.; Noveck, I; Happe, F & Wilson, Deirdre (2009). From acoustics to grammar: Perceiving and interpreting grammatical prosody in adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  ISSN 1750-9467.  3(2), s 502- 516 . doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2008.10.004
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2009). Irony and metarepresentation. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics.  ISSN 0956-7194.  21, s 183- 226
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2009). Relevance Theory, In Louise Cummings (ed.),  The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780415430968.  Kap.  s 393 - 399

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  • Wilson, Deirdre & Sperber, Dan (2012). Meaning and Relevance. Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9780521747486.  395 s.
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Wharton, Tim (2009). Recent Advances in Pragmatics. Taishukan.  ISBN 9784469213263.

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  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Wilson, Deirdre (2015). Acquiring metonymy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Wilson, Deirdre (2015). Acquiring metonymy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Wilson, Deirdre (2015). The Pragmatics of Metonymy: A developmental perspective.
  • Wilson, Deirdre (2015). Explaining metonymy.
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2015). Explaining metonymy.
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2014). Metonymy and relevance.

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