OSU Linguistics Logo Craige Roberts

portrait by Prudence Whittlesey 2013

Professor Emerita of Linguistics
The Ohio State University

Visiting Professor, NYU Linguistics

Affiliate, Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science

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

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 currently have a 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 am also involved in a project on Perspectival Meaning with Jefferson Barlew and Eric Snyder. We organized 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.

My colleague at OSU Philosophy, Stewart Shapiro, and I have a long-term project on natural language metaphysics. We're currently working on papers on the problem of logical omniscience in epistemic modal statements, and on Waismann's notion of open-texture in meaning.

Up-coming talks:

I'm an Associate Editor of the journal Linguistics and Philosophy, and a member of the editorial board of Semantics and Pragmatics.

Contact Information:
Email: roberts DOT 21 AT osu.edu