Ingrid Lossius Falkum

Associate Professor - Philosophy
Associate Professor - Linguistics
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My research interests lie in the semantics and pragmatics of verbal communication. I am 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. I am also interested in lexical semantics and pragmatics, focusing on how word meanings are modulated in context, and in the challenges associated with modelling human communication and language understanding in AI systems.

I am currently PI on the ERC StG project DEVCOM (2020-2025). The overarching goal of this project is to provide an account of the stages and factors involved in children’s developing pragmatic competence, based on experimental studies of children's understanding and production of non-literal uses of language (e.g., metaphor, metonymy, irony, etc.). I am also PI of the Research Council of Norway FINNUT project Creativity and Convention in Pragmatic Development (2020-2024), which investigates how pragmatic abilities develop in children with typical and atypical development (ASD).

My position is shared between IFIKK (philosophy) and ILN (linguistics), and I am affiliated with Centre for Philosophy and the Sciences (CPS) and Centre for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) 

Higher education

2011: PhD Linguistics, University College London (supervisor: Robyn Carston).

2005: MA Pragmatics, University College London (supervisor: Deirdre Wilson).

2004: MA French Linguistics, University of Oslo.

Grants and fellowships

2020-2025: ERC Starting Grant, Horizon 2020.

2020-2024: Researcher project, FINNUT, Research Council of Norway.

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

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

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

Papers in progress

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

Invited chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Irony and Thought. Gibbs, R. & Colston, H. (red). In preparation. (with Deirdre Wilson)

"The development of non-literal uses of language: Sense conventions and pragmatic competence". Under review: Journal of Pragmatics, Special Issue on Relevance Theory (Jagoe, C. & Wharton, T. Eds.).

"Accounting for the preference for literal meanings in ASC". Accepted. Mind & Langauge. (with Agustín Vicente)

Edited volumes

Falkum, I. L. & Köder, F. Eds. (2020). The Acquisition of Figurative Meanings. Special Issue of Journal of Pragmatics 156.

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).


I work on research policy issues as Chair (2020-2021) of The Young Academy of Norway, and Deputy Chair (2020-2021) of the Norwegian Association of Researchers at the UiO. I am an elected representative of the permanent academic staff in the UiO University Board (2021-2025).

Between 2017-2019 I was a member of the UiO University Board where I represented the fixed-term staff with teaching and research positions.


I am responsible for the course HON2120 - Introduction to interdisciplinary research methods for honours students (autumn 2020, 2021).

Tags: Philosophy, Linguistics, Pragmatics, Developmental Psychology, Experimental Linguistics, Philosophy of Communication
Published Feb. 22, 2012 9:36 AM - Last modified Sep. 17, 2021 2:49 PM