Jakub Dotlačil

I am a formal semanticist. For non-linguists, being a formal semanticist means that I believe that any sentence, say, A man danced with a woman, can be split into minimal meaningful units. These units often correspond to words, but sometimes they can even correspond to parts of words, so-called morphemes (i.e., the past tense morpheme -ed in danced, which carries the tense information). Formal semanticists use formal logical systems to define the meaning of such minimal units and their composition in such a way that the units derive the precise meaning of sentences or even discourses when put together.

I am furthermore interested in psycholinguistics and in studying what experimental methods developed in psycholinguistics can reveal about meaning.

Within semantics, my primary focus is to study the meaning of plural expressions and everything related (distributivity, collectivity, reciprocals, quantifiers etc.). When I don't do semantics, I try to improve my knowledge of statistics, especially Bayesian statistics.

I am currently a postdoc and a lecturer at University of Groningen. Here is a short summary of my current research, supported by NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).