Ingrid Lossius Falkum

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Research

My research interests lie in the semantics and pragmatics of verbal communication. Most of my work focuses on lexical pragmatics, investigating how word meanings are influenced by the contexts in which they occur. My PhD in Linguistics (UCL, 2011), supervised by Robyn Carston, is on the semantics and pragmatics of polysemy, the phenomenon whereby a single linguistic form is associated with two or several related senses, which I analyse within the framework of Sperber and Wilson's relevance theory. My postdoctoral project, Metonymy in Context and Communication, builds on this work but focuses on metonymy (e.g., 'Proust is on the top shelf'; 'The ham sandwich wants his bill'), and aims to develop a cognitively plausible theory of how we understand metonymic uses in communication with each other.

I am also interested in how children acquire their pragmatic abilities, enabling them to use language as a means to express their own intentions and make inferences about the intentions of others. In 2015 I started the four-year project Acquiring Figurative Meanings: A Study in Developmental Pragmatics​ which investigates how young children cope with figurative language, more specifically metonymy and irony. 

Higher education

2011: PhD Linguistics, University College London.

2005: MA Pragmatics, University College London.

2004: MA French Linguistics, University of Oslo.

Grants and fellowships

2015-2019: Young Research Talent Grant from FRIPRO, Research Council of Norway.

2011-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from FRIPRO, Research Council of Norway.

2006-2009: PhD Research Fellowship from FRIPRO, Research Council of Norway.

Papers in progress

"Metonymy and relevance." In preparation. (with Deirdre Wilson)

"The pragmatics of possession: A corpus study of English prenominal possessives." In preparation. (with Julia Kolkmann)

Edited volumes

Falkum, I. L. & Vicente, A. Eds. (2015). Polysemy: Current Perspectives and Approaches. Special Issue of Lingua 157.

Falkum, I. L. & Kjøll, G. Eds. (2014). Kognitiv pragmatikk og relevansteori. Special Issue of Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift 32(2).

Publications

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  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2017). Ten years of linguistic agency: Lexical and developmental pragmatics..
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Köder, Franziska (2017). Acquiring figurative meanings: Irony and epistemic vigilance.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Köder, Franziska (2017). Metonymy and irony acquisition: Evidence from eye-tracking and picture selection.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius; Köder, Franziska & Mascaro, Olivier (2017). Acquiring figurative meanings: A study in developmental pragmatics.
  • Köder, Franziska & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2017). Acquiring figurative meanings: Evidence from eye-tracking.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2016). Acquiring figurative meanings: What are the questions?.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2016). Metonymic reference in early language development.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Köder, Franziska (2016). Children's comprehension of metonymy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Köder, Franziska (2016). Children's comprehension of metonymy: The role of metalinguistic awareness.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Köder, Franziska (2016). Children's processing of metonyms: Evidence from eye movements and picture selection.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Köder, Franziska (2016). Saying that p when not p: Learning to distinguish different communicative intentions.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius; Recasens, Marta & Clark, Eve V. (2016). On the acquisition of metonymy.
  • Köder, Franziska & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2016). Children’s processing of metonyms: Evidence from eye movements and picture selection.
  • Köder, Franziska & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2016). Children’s processing of metonyms: Evidence from eye movements and picture selection.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2015). A pragmatic approach to 'book'-type polysemy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2015). Metonymy as a referential device in language acquisition.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2015). On the acquisition of metonymy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2015). Polysemi i skjæringspunktet mellom semantikk og pragmatikk.
  • 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 & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2015). Explaining metonymy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2014). Acquiring reference: the case of metonymy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Recasens, Marta (2014). On the acquisition of metonymy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Recasens, Marta (2014). Young children's skill with metonymy.
  • Kolkmann, Julia & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2014). English possessives: A semantic or pragmatic phenomenon?.
  • Kolkmann, Julia & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2014). Genitive semantics revisited: the case of English pre-nominal possessives.
  • Wilson, Deirdre & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2014). Metonymy and relevance.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Kjøll, Georg (2013). Stadier i pragmatisk utvikling.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Nome, Astrid (2013). Mot en ny saussurisme?. Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon.  ISSN 0800-7136.  (3-4), s 262- 269
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius & Recasens, Marta (2013). On the acquisition of metonymy.
  • Fløgstad, Guro Nore & Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2013). Diachrony and procedural meaning. The case of the Rioplatense Preterit.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2012). Systematic polysemy: A pragmatic perspective.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2012). The problem of polysemy: A pragmatic approach.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2012). Where does polysemy come from?.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2011). A pragmatic account of 'logical metonymy'.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2011). A pragmatic account of systematic polysemy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2011). Language, theory of mind, and inferential communication: solving the problem of polysemy motivation?.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2011). Systematic polysemy and the count-mass distinction.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2011). The Semantics and Pragmatics of Polysemy: A Relevance-Theoretic Account.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2010). Polysemy: A View from Relevance Theory.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2009). A pragmatic solution to the polysemy paradox.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2009). Polysemy: Lexically governed or pragmatically inferred?.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2009). Pragmatics and polysemy.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2008). Polysemy: lexically governed or pragmatically inferred?.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2006). Contrastive Lexical Pragmatics: A relevance-theoretic approach to lexical narrowing and broadening in English and Norwegian original texts and translations.
  • Falkum, Ingrid Lossius (2005). Clefts in a cross-linguistic perspective: a contrastive study of French and Norwegian original texts and translations.

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