Craige Roberts


Craige Roberts (born February 20, 1949) is an American linguist, known for her work on pragmatics and formal semantics.

Craige Roberts
Born(1949-02-20)20 February 1949
Academic background
Alma materIndiana University (AB), University of Massachusetts Amherst (PhD)
Doctoral advisorBarbara Partee
Academic work
Sub-disciplineSemantics, Pragmatics
InstitutionsOhio State University

Education and careerEdit

Roberts earned her A.B. at Indiana University in 1979. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987,[1] under the supervision of Barbara Partee.[2] She is an Emeritus Professor at the Department of Linguistics of Ohio State University.

Her work in the areas of pragmatics and formal semantics explores how meaning is conveyed through anaphora, definiteness, and specificity of referring expressions, the modeling of presupposition and implicature, and methods for capturing modality, mood, tense, and aspect of verbs in language.[3]

Awards and distinctionsEdit

In 2015 Roberts and co-investigators David Beaver, Mandy Simons, and Judith Tonhauser were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Collaborative Grant for the project “What’s the question? A cross-linguistic investigation into compositional and pragmatic constraints on the question under discussion.”[4] In 2010 Roberts and Judith Tonhauser received an NSF award to study the semantics and pragmatics of projective meaning across languages.[5]

Roberts's 2013 paper, "Toward a taxonomy of projective content," coauthored with Judith Tonhauser, David Beaver, and Mandy Simons won the 2013 Best Paper in Language (journal) Award from the Linguistic Society of America.[6]

Roberts was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in 2014–2015.[7]

She has served on the editorial board of Semantics and Pragmatics,[8] the Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication,[9] and is an Associate Editor for Linguistics and Philosophy.[10]

Roberts is a member of the Linguistic Society of America, serving as the co-chair for the Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL) from 1990 to 1993.[11]


  • 2013. J Tonhauser, D Beaver, C Roberts, M Simons. Toward a taxonomy of projective content, Language 89 (1), 66-109
  • 2012. C Roberts. Information structure: afterword, Semantics and Pragmatics 5, 7-1-19
  • 2012. C Roberts. Topics. Semantics: An International Handbook of Linguistics and Communication
  • 2012. C Roberts. Only: A case study in projective meaning. The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication
  • 2010. M Simons, J Tonhauser, D Beaver, C Roberts. What projects and why, Semantics and linguistic theory 20, 309-327
  • 2009. C Roberts, M Simons, D Beaver, J Tonhauser. Presupposition, conventional implicature, and beyond: A unified account of projection. Proceedings of the ESSLLI 2009.
  • 2007. P Amaral, C Roberts, EA Smith. Review of the logic of conventional implicatures by Chris Potts, Linguistics and Philosophy 30 (6), 707-749
  • 2006. C Roberts. Only, presupposition and implicature Journal of Semantics
  • 2004. C Roberts. Context in dynamic interpretation, The handbook of pragmatics, 197-220
  • 2004. C Roberts. Pronouns as definites
  • 2003. C Roberts. Uniqueness in definite noun phrases. Linguistics and philosophy 26 (3), 287-350
  • 2002. C Roberts. Demonstratives as definites. Information sharing: Reference and presupposition in language generation and interpretation.
  • 2000. A Cipria, C Roberts. Spanish imperfecto and pretérito: Truth conditions and aktionsart effects in a Situation Semantics. Natural Language Semantics 8 (4), 297-347
  • 1998. C Roberts. Focus, the flow of information, and universal grammar Syntax and Semantics, Vol 29, 109-160
  • 1997. C Roberts. Anaphora in intensional contexts
  • 1996. C Roberts. Information structure in discourse: Towards an integrated formal theory of pragmatics. Working Papers in Linguistics-Ohio State University.
  • 1995. C Roberts. Domain restriction in dynamic semantics. Quantification in natural languages, 661-700
  • 1989. C Roberts. Modal subordination and pronominal anaphora in discourse Linguistics and philosophy 12 (6), 683-721 546
  • 1987. C Roberts. Modal subordination, anaphora, and distributivity
  • 1981. A Valdman, S Yoder, C Roberts, Y Joseph. Haitian Creole-English-French Dictionary Indiana Univ Creole Inst


  1. ^ "Alumni | UMass Linguistics". Retrieved 2022-03-13.
  2. ^ "MODAL SUBORDINATION, ANAPHORA, AND DISTRIBUTIVITY". December 27, 2017. ProQuest 303619902. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Craige Roberts". Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  4. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#1452674 - Collaborative Research: What's the question? A cross-linguistic investigation into compositional and pragmatic constraints on the question under discussion". NSF. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#0952571 - Collaborative Research: Semantics and Pragmatics of Projective Meaning across Languages". NSF. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Best Paper in Language Award Announced for 2013 | Linguistic Society of America". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  7. ^ "Craige Roberts". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Editorial Team". Semantics and Pragmatics (in Breton). Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Mazurs, Rûdolfs. "Editorial Board". The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "Linguistics and Philosophy". December 1, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Past Members of COSWL". Linguistic Society of America. Retrieved December 27, 2017.

External linksEdit

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