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Kajsa Djärv

University of Edinburgh


I'm a linguist, specializing in formal semantics and pragmatics, and their interfaces with the grammar.

I'm a Teaching Fellow in Semantics (fixed-term UK Lecturer) at the University of Edinburgh.
I got my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Before coming to Edinburgh, I was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz.  

My work looks at how different dimensions of meaning interact and are represented in the grammar and lexicon. When we construct and interpret a complex sentence, how do lexical, grammatical, semantic, and pragmatic factors interact and give rise to the global inferences and particular form-meaning mappings that we find in natural language, and how do languages differ in terms of the semantic, pragmatic, and grammatical strategies they employ to express different kinds of meanings. 

Topics I've worked on include —
attitude reports ∙ clausal complementation ∙ factivity ∙ nominals with propositional interpretations ∙ speech acts ∙ presupposition ∙ main clause phenomena (e.g. embedded declaratives and interrogatives with main clause word order) ∙ copular sentences ∙ argument structure ∙ island effects ∙ exhaustivity

I'm also interested in how experimental and quantitative methods can be used to inform theoretical and empirical questions about structure and meaning in language.

Recent output

Djärv, Kajsa (2023).  Knowing and believing things: What DP-complementation can tell us about the meaning and composition of (factive) attitudes, Journal of Semantics, Vol. 40(2). 

Djärv, Kajsa (2022).
On the interpretation and distribution of embedded main clause syntax: new perspectives on complex discourse moves, Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, Vol. 7(1). 1-39.  

For a full list of publications, see Research Output

Helpful note for referring to me: the "aj" cluster in Kajsa is pronounced like the English PRICE vowel [aɪ], and my pronouns are she/her/hers.

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