Robyn Carston


Robyn Anne Carston, FBA is a linguist and academic, who specialises in pragmatics, semantics, and the philosophy of language. Since 2005, she has been Professor of Linguistics at University College London.[1][2][3]


Robyn Carston

NationalityNew Zealand and British
TitleProfessor of Linguistics
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Canterbury
Victoria University of Wellington
University College London
ThesisPragmatics and the explicit/implicit distinction (1994)
Doctoral advisorDeirdre Wilson
Academic work
Philosophy of language

Early life and educationEdit

Carston was born in New Zealand.[2] She studied English literature at the University of Canterbury, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) 1975.[3] She then studied for an honours degree in linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in 1976.[3] She moved to England to study at University College London (UCL), graduating with a Master of Arts (MA) with Distinction in Phonetics and Linguistics in 1980.[3] She remained at UCL to undertake postgraduate research under the supervision of Deirdre Wilson.[2][3] and got her first job as a lecturer there in 1983. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1994.[3] Her doctoral thesis was titled "Pragmatics and the explicit/implicit distinction".[4]

Academic careerEdit

Carston has taught linguistics at University College London since 1983.[1][5] Since January 1999, she has been an editor of the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Mind & Language.[3][6] In January 2005, she was appointed Professor of Linguistics.[3] From 2007 to 2017, she was additionally a senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo.[3][5] Since August 2017, she has been President of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology.[3]


In July 2016, Carston was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the UK's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences.[7][8]

Selected worksEdit

  • Carston, Robyn; Uchida, Seiji, eds. (1998). Relevance theory: applications and implications. Amsterdam: Benjamins. ISBN 978-1556193309.
  • Carston, Robyn (2002). Thoughts and utterances: the pragmatics of explicit communication. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 978-0631214885.


  1. ^ a b "Prof Robyn Carston". Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. University College London. 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Robyn Carston". Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature. University of Oslo. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Prof Robyn Carston". Institutional Research Information Service. University College London. 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. ^ Carston, Robyn Anne (1998). "Pragmatics and the explicit/implicit distinction". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Professor Robyn Carston". British Academy. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Mind & Language". Wiley Online Library. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  7. ^ "British Academy announces new President and elects 66 new Fellows". The British Academy. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Professors Robyn Carston, Nilli Lavie, and Sophie Scott elected as Fellows of the British Academy". Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. University College London. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.