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Academic interests

  • Semantics, pragmatics, and their interface
  • Interactions between at-issue and not-at-issue content
  • Focus
  • Polarity
  • Discourse management strategies


  • August 2020-present: Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo investigating the role of gesture in objecting to discourse moves.
  • November 2019-April 2020: Sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto (Canada).
  • September 2019: Ph.D. in Linguistics (specialization: semantics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

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Tags: linguistics, semantics, pragmatics


Francis, Naomi. 2020. Licensing free choice any on an existential semantics for imperatives. In Michael Franke, Nikola Kompa, Mingya Liu, Jutta L. Mueller & Juliane Schwab (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 24, 193-204.

Francis, Naomi & Sabine Iatridou. 2020. Modals and negation. In Viviane Déprez & M. Teresa Espinal (eds.), The Oxford Hanbook of Negation, 285-300. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Francis, Naomi. 2019. Imperatives under even. In Maggie Baird, Duygu Göksu & Jonathan Pesetsky (eds.), Proceedings of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS) 49, 265-278. Amherst, MA: GLSA.

Francis, Naomi. 2018. Presupposition-denying uses of even. In Sireemas Maspong, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir, Katherine Blake & Forrest Davis (eds.), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 28, 161-176. LSA.

Francis, Naomi. 2017. Modal scope in negative inversion constructions. In Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel & Edward J. Rubin (eds.), Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 214-221. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Gick, Bryan, Naomi Francis, Anna Klenin, Ezra Mizrahi & Denise Tom. 2013. The velic traverse: An independent oral articulator? Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(3), EL208-EL213.

Francis, Naomi, Jamie Ma & Bryan Gick. 2012. Aerotactile acuity as a predictor of sibilant contrastCanadian Acoustics – Acoustique canadienne 40(3): 22-23.

  • Francis, Naomi Clair (2021). Objecting to discourse moves with gestures. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung. ISSN 2629-6055. 25, p. 267–275. doi: 10.18148/sub/2021.v25i0.936.

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