Nicholas Elwyn Allott

Senior Lecturer - Britisk-amerikansk
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Affiliation

I am senior lecturer (førstelektor) in the English section, at ILOS, the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo.

I am also an affiliate of CSMN, IFIKK, University of Oslo.

 

Research interests

Pragmatics (Gricean/post-Gricean); Relevance Theory; inference, reasoning and rationality; metarepresentation; semantics of natural languages; lexical modulation and 'ad hoc concepts'; legal language and interpretation in the English-language common-law tradition; philosophy of linguistics, particularly of ‘cognitively realistic’ approaches such as generative grammar and relevance theory.

I have published (see below) on the role of assumptions about rationality in broadly Gricean pragmatics, ‘lexical modulation’ and the meanings of words; interpretation of legal language, game theoretic pragmatics; pragmatic illusions; miscommunication; and Chomsky's linguistics, psychology and philosophy.

From 1st April 2012 to June 2015 I was employed as research fellow on the FRIHUM funded project ‘The Reflective Mind’ on metarepresentation and reasoning. My strand of the project was concerned mostly with the roles of metarepresentation and reasoning in communication.

Here's a fairly recent CV.

 

Publications etc.

(Please email me if you would like a copy of any of my papers. In the list below I have linked to downloadable versions where I am permitted to do so. Some are behind journal paywalls.)

Allott, N. (submitted). Conversational implicature. In M. Aronoff (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics (online encyclopaedia). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Allott, N. & Shaer, B. (forthcoming). The illocutionary force of laws. Inquiry.

Allott, N., & Shaer, B. (forthcoming). Inference and intention in legal interpretation. In J. Giltrow & D. Stein (Eds.), The Pragmatic Turn: Inference and Interpretation in Legal Discourse. De Gruyter Mouton.

Allott, N. & Shaer, B.  (in press). Legal speech and the elements of adjudication. In B. Slocum (Ed.), Inference, Intention, and “Ordinary Meaning”: What Jurists Can Learn About Legal Interpretation From Linguistics and Philosophy. Chicago: Chicago University Press. 

Allott, N. (2017). Metarepresentation. In A. Barron, G. Yueguo & G. Steen (Eds.), Handbook of Pragmatics. London: Routledge.

Allott, N. (2016). Misunderstandings in verbal communication. In A. Rocci & L. de Saussure (Eds.), Verbal Communication. (pp. 485-507). Berlin: Walter De Gruyter. 

Smith, N. V. & Allott, N. (2016). Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [This is an updated and much expanded new edition of Smith, N. V. (2004). Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.]

Allott, N. (2014). Sperber, Dan (biographical entry). In C. A. Chapelle, K. Aijmer, M. Gonzales-Lloret, L. Ortega, L. Plakans & B. Wolter (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics: online version. Wiley-Blackwell. 

Allott, N. (2014). Wilson, Deirdre and Relevance Theory (2014). In C. A. Chapelle, K. Aijmer, M. Gonzales-Lloret, L. Ortega, L. Plakans & B. Wolter (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics: online version. Wiley-Blackwell. 

Allott, N. (2014). 語用論キーターム事典 [Goyōron kiitāmu jiten] Trans. 今井邦彦 [Imai Kunihiko] et al.. Tokyo: Kaitakusha. [Japanese edition of ‘Key Terms in Pragmatics’]

Allott, N. (2013). Kommunikasjon [Communication]. Commissioned entry for the Store Norske Leksikon. English-language draft.

Allott, N. & Shaer, B. (2013). Some linguistic properties of legal notices. Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 58(1), 43–62.

Allott, N. (2013). Relevance theory. In A. Capone, F. Lo Piparo, & M. Carapezza (Eds.), In A. Capone, F. Lo Piparo & M. Carapezza (Eds.), Perspectives on Linguistic Pragmatics (pp. 57-98). Cham/Heidelberg/New York/Dordrecht/London: Springer. (The webpage for the volume is here.)

Allott, N. & Textor, M. (2012). Lexical pragmatic adjustment and ad hoc concepts. International Review of Pragmatics, 4(2), 185–208. (The webpage for the special issue this paper appeared in is here.)

Allott, N. (2010). Conference report: ‘Formal Semantics and Pragmatics, 19–21 November’. The Reasoner, 4(12).

Allott, N. (2010) Key Terms in PragmaticsLondon: Continuum.

Allott, N. & Uchida, H. (2009). Natural language indicative conditionals are classical. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, 21, 1–17.

Allott, N. & Uchida, H. (2009). Classical logic, conditionals and “nonmonotonic” reasoning. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32(01), 85.

Allott, N. (2008). Pragmatics and rationality. PhD thesis, University of London. 

Allott, N. (2006) Game theory and communication. In A. Benz, G. Jäger, & R. van Rooij (eds.), Game Theory and Pragmatics (pp. 123–51). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Allott, N. (2006) The role of misused concepts in manufacturing consent: A cognitive account. In L. de Saussure, & P. Schulz (eds.), Manipulation and Ideologies in the Twentieth Century: Discourse, Language, Mind. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Allott, N. (2005) Paul Grice, reasoning and pragmatics. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, 17: 217–43. (Superseded by my thesis)

Allott, N. (2003) Game theory and communication. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 15: 1-33. (Superseded by the version in Benz, Jäger, & van Rooij 2006)

Allott, N. (2002) Relevance and rationality. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 14: 69-82.  (Superseded by my thesis)

Allott, N. & Rubio Fernández, P. (2002). This paper fills a much-needed gap. Actes de l’atelier des doctorants en linguistique, Université Paris 7, 97–102.

 

Conferences and seminars

Coming up

Relevance theory workshop at CSMN closing conference: May, 2017. 

Reflective mind workshop at CSMN closing conference: May, 2017. 

Cognition and representation workshop at CSMN closing conference: May, 2017. 

 

Past conferences that I have been involved with organising

Noam Chomsky’s The Responsibility of Intellectuals, 50 years on (video of the event): London, February, 2017.

Inference and representation in legal interpretation: 7th–8th October, 2016 

I was one of the organisers and lecturers for the first Norwegian Summer Institute in Language and Mind, a summer school in Oslo for graduate students, in June 2016. We're currently planning a summer institute to be held in summer 2017.

Reflective Mind project conference: Inference and Consciousness: 2nd – 4th July 2015.

The launch workshop for The Reflective Mind project: 6th and 7th September 2012.

Pragmatics workshop: 29th March 2012

Language and law workshop: 28th and 29th May 2012. The slides for my talk (with Ben Shaer) are here.

Children's pragmatic and metarepresentational development

CSMN conference on word meaning

Stalnaker-Lewis semantics for conditionals, particularly 'counterfactual'/'subjunctive' conditionals

Metarepresentation and non-literal language use

Metarepresentation, communication and culture

 

Teaching

Coming up – Summer 2017

The Norwegian Summer Institute in Language and Mind, a summer school in Oslo for graduate students, in August 2017. You can sign up here.

Current – spring 2017

I'm giving my lecture series for masters' students on relevance theory: ENG4118 - Relevance Theory: Language, Communication and Cognition.

I'm teaching four RP classes in ENG1103: English Phonetics and Intonation, an introduction.

Previous semesters

Autumn 2016

I gave the lectures in ENG2157: Semantics and Pragmatics.

I taught the RP class in ENG1103: English Phonetics and Intonation, an introduction.

I taught two classes in ENG1100: English Grammar, an introduction.

Summer 2016

I was one of the organisers and lecturers for the first Norwegian Summer Institute in Language and Mind, a summer school in Oslo for graduate students, in June 2016. See above for the summer institute, 2017.

Spring 2016

I gave a new lecture series for masters' students on relevance theory: ENG4118 - Relevance Theory: Language, Communication and Cognition.

I taught three RP classes in ENG1103: English Phonetics and Intonation, an introduction.

I taught a class in ENG1100: English Grammar, an introduction.

Autumn 2015

With Bergljot Behrens, I gave the lectures in ENG2157: Semantics and Pragmatics.

I taught the RP class in ENG1103: English Phonetics and Intonation, an introduction.

I taught classes in ENG1100: English Grammar, an introduction.

Spring 2015

I taught classes this term in ENG1103: English Phonetics and Intonation, an introduction. My classes were group 10 and group 12.

I also gave the lecture on the pragmatics of politeness in Bergljot Behrens’ course, ENG2157 - Semantics and Pragmatics, on 14th April 2015.

Spring 2013

PhD level course on inference and communication. The course webpage is here.

Autumn 2011

I taught FIL2206: Thought, interpretation and communication

Spring 2011

I was the organiser and one of the lecturers on CSMN4021: Pragmatics and relevance theory. The lecture timetable, downloadable lecture notes and reading are available here. The course description is here.

I taught FIL 4461/71/81: Reference, context and speech acts this term. 

 

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Published Feb. 8, 2012 2:24 PM - Last modified Mar. 23, 2017 9:03 AM

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