Isidora Stojanovic

CNRS Researcher, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris

I work in philosophy of language and in semantics. My background is in philosophy (PhD, Stanford University) and in Cognitive Science (PhD, Ecole Polytechnique). My topics of research include context-dependence, indexicality, evaluative language, the semantics/pragmatics interface, and the relationship between logic and grammar. I have been working as a CNRS researcher at the Jean Nicod Institute since 2004. From October 2012 to September 2014, I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University Pompeu Fabra, Dept. de Traducció i Ciències del Llenguatge, conducting a project on Lexical Meaning and Logical Inference, where I continue to be an external member of GLiF (the Formal Linguistics Group).


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I defended my Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (HDR) on March 31, 2014, in Paris, under the title "La signification à l'epreuve du contexte". My HDR committee: Jerome Dokic, Jonathan Ginzburg, Genoveva Marti, Louise McNally and François Recanati.

Our paper "Mental Files, Blown Up by Indexed Files", co-authored with Neftali Villanueva, has been published in Inquiry and is available online here

My papers "Prepragmatics: Widening the Semantics-Pragmatics Boundary", in Burgess, A. and Sherman, B. (Eds.) Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning and "Talking about the Future: Unsettled Truth and Assertion", in De Brabanter, Ph., Kissine, M. & Sharifzadeh, S. (Eds.) Future Times, Future Tenses, have just come out of press from Oxford University Press.

My paper "Speaking about Oneself", to appear in Garcia-Carpintro, M. & Torre, S. (Eds.) De Se Thought and Communication (OUP) and our paper "Aesthetic Adjectives", with Louise McNally, to appear in Young, J. (Ed.) The Semantics of Aesthetic Judgements (OUP) are available as preprints from my page here

Upcoming events:

I'll be teaching a course on Context-Dependence and the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface at the 2nd Summer School in Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students, organized by MCMP; find out about it here

I am the Program co-Chair for CONTEXT 2015: Modeling and Using Context, to be held in Cyprus, 2-6 Nov 2015; check it out and submit a workshop proposal or a paper here

Some recent talks that you can listen to online:

"The evaluative and the experiential aspects of aesthetic adjectives", workshop on Aesthetic Adjectives and Disagreements about Taste, London, 14 March 2014; you can listen to it here
"Knowing who one is, knowing what time it is, and self-knowledge", workshop on John Perry's "Reference and the Elusive Self", Donostia-San Sebastian, 2-3 October 2014; you can watch it here