OSU Linguistics Logo Craige Roberts

Craige at workshop

Professor of Linguistics
The Ohio State University

My main areas of specialization within linguistics are formal semantics and pragmatics. Within these fields, my principal research interests are:

  • Anaphora, definiteness, and specificity. Indexicals and proper names.
  • Formal models of the context of utterance and its role in interpretation: Presupposition, focus, implicature, perspective, and domain restriction
  • The semantics and pragmatics of modality, mood, tense, and aspect
As a student I studied formal semantics under Barbara H. Partee at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford, where I was exposed to interdisciplinary work on pragmatics in the tradition of Paul Grice, and to work on Planning Theory in AI. Since then, my work on pragmatics has involved a dialogue with colleagues in computer science, logic, philosophy, and psychology. In this vein, I am involved in an interdisciplinary Pragmatics Initiative, involving not only scholars and graduate students from the relevant disciplines at OSU, but also other scholars from the U.S. and Europe.

I've been collaborating with David Beaver, Mandy Simons, and Judith Tonhauser since 2006 on projects that pertain to projective meaning: presupposition, conventional implicature, and other non-assertoric aspects of utterance meaning. We have a new collaborative grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (2015-2018): "What's the question? A cross-linguistic investigation into compositional and pragmatic constraints on the question under discussion". I have a related project with I'm a member of the German Science Foundation Research Network Questions in Discourse.

I am also involved in a project on Perspectival Meaning with Jefferson Barlew and Eric Snyder. We are organizing a Special Session on "Perspectival expressions and the de se across languages" at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting in January, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The session will include a poster session. More about the call soon!

I'm an Associate Editor of the journal Linguistics and Philosophy, and a member of the editorial board of Semantics and Pragmatics. During the 2014-2015 academic year, I was a Senior Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. In the summer of 2015, I'm teaching a course on pragmatics as part of the LSA Summer Institute at the University of Chicago. Y'all come!

Office Hours suspended in 2014-2015.

Contact Information:
Email: croberts AT ling.osu.edu
Department of Linguistics
108A Ohio Stadium East
1961 Tuttle Park Place Columbus, OH 43210