I am interested in the logic of ordinary language. We logicians study concepts such as truth, consequence, proof, computation and information with the help of formal languages, but it has increasingly become clear that many insights thus obtained also apply to the vernacular. My particular interest is in the question how linguistic expressions manage to carry meaning. A closely related interest is in the use of logic to model aspects of context and social interaction. At the moment I am leading an NWO-funded project called Towards Logics that Model Natural Reasoning.
I am in the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, (or TiLPS). For more information, see my website and/or Google Scholar.
Direct and indirect funding
Internationalisation Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for A Global Network for Lambda Grammars and Abstract Categorial Grammars (2007--2009; 48,000 euros).
Towards Logics that Model Natural Reasoning, September 2011--December 2015, 600,000 euros, NWO Free Competition in the Humanities.
Member NWO committee Free Competition in the Humanities and Cooperation with Flanders.
Member external PhD committees
Willem Groeneveld, University of Amsterdam, 23 November 1995.
Andreas Schöter, Edinburgh University, 15 December 1995 (External Examiner).
Emar Maier, Radboud University Nijmegen, 30 November, 2006.
Matteo Capelletti, Utrecht University, 9 July, 2007.
Sébastien Hinderer, Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy, 21 October 2008.
Janneke Huitink, Radboud University Nijmegen, 13 November 2008.
Mario Fadda, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 27 July 2010.
PhD Students and Postdocs
Past PhD student: Emiel Krahmer (co-supervision with Prof. H. Bunt). Defense: 23 November 1995. Currently full professor at Tilburg Department of Communication and Information Sciences.
Current PhD Students:
Kristina Liefke (co-supervision with Prof. Dr S. Hartmann),
Sven Storms (co-supervision with Prof. Dr H. de Swart)
Stefan Wintein (co-supervision with Prof. Dr H. de Swart, manuscript approved, defense in February 2012).
Near future: Janine Reinert and Lasha Abzianidze will start their PhD studies on or around 1 January 2012.
Postdoc: Dr Sara Uckelman.
See my CV.
This academic year I am teaching a first course in Logic for philosophy undergraduates, two seminars in Logic and Language for research master students and a course on 'Philosophical Research: Methods & Skills', also for research master students. Additionally I have made a small contribution to a showcase seminar for third year undergrads. I regularly teach at the European Summer School for Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI) and will also be present at ESSLLI 2012 in Opole, Poland with a course on 'Logic for Linguists and Philosophers'.
Room D 138
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg
Last amended: 13 December 2011