Betty Birner

Betty Birner

Linguistics, Cognitive Science

Office: RH 226

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Northwestern University; 1992
  • B.A. Hope College, Holland, Michigan; 1982

Professional Interests

  • Linguistic Pragmatics
  • Discourse
  • Reference
  • Semantics/Pragmatics Interface

Selected Publications

  • Slim Guide to Pragmatics. 2019. Oxford. Forthcoming.
  • Language and Meaning. 2018. Abingdon: Routledge (2017).
  • Introduction to Pragmatics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2013).
  • With G. Ward. “Discourse Effects of Word Order Variation.” In K. von Heusinger, C. Maienborn, and P. Portner, eds., Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter, 2011. Vol. 2: 1934-1963.
  • With G. Ward. “Information Structure and Syntactic Structure.” Language and Linguistics Compass (Vol. 3, June 2009).
  • “Noncanonical Word Order and the Distribution of Inferrable Information in English.” In B. Shaer, P. Cook, and W. Frey, eds. Dislocation: Syntactic, Semantic, and Discourse Perspectives. Routledge, 2009.
  • With J. Kaplan and G. Ward. “Functional Compositionality and the Interaction of Discourse Constraints.” Language 83.2: 317-343 (2007).
  • With G. Ward, eds. Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning: Neo-Gricean Studies in Pragmatics and Semantics in Honor of Laurence R. Horn. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2006.

Contact us

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
Reavis Hall, Room 215
DeKalb, IL 60115

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