Jon Ander Mendia


Centre de Lingüística Teòrica
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona



I am a formal semanticist interested in the interaction between semantics and its syntactic and pragmatic interfaces. Currently I am a Beatriu de Pinós Research Fellow in the Center for Theoretical Linguistics, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The project that I am leading Degrees across categories: amounts and speech acts examines the various ways in which natural languages allow us to express quantities even in the absence of any explicit quantity expression (website coming soon!). This project is funded by the Secretary of Universities and Research (Government of Catalonia) and by the Horizon 2020 programme of research and innovation of the European Union under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 801370.

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on (i) how semantic composition is constrained by the syntactic structure of sentences, and (ii) how the output of the semantic computation is affected by the context of utterance. In the past I have mainly explored these questions by looking at quantification and plurality related phenomena. Topics that I have worked on include numerals, comparatives, superlatives and other degree expressions, genericity and kind predication, focus association and ignorance implicatures.