Dr Richard Breheny

Reader in Linguistics

Location:Room 108, Chandler House,
2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 679 4039 (24039)
Email: r.breheny@ucl.ac.uk



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Research Interests


Semantics, pragmatics, the development of semantic and communicative competence, psycholinguistics (experimental pragmatics), philosophy of psychology and linguistics.

Research Projects

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    2013

    • Breheny, R. E. T., Ferguson, H. J., Katsos, N. (2013). Taking the epistemic step: Toward a model of on-line access to conversational implicatures. Cognition 126(3), 423-440 doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2012.11.012.

    2012

    • Breheny, R. E. T., Ferguson, H. J., Katsos, N. (2012). Investigating the timecourse of accessing conversational implicatures during incremental sentence interpretation. Language and Cognitive Processes
    • Parr, N., Breheny, R. E. T. (2012). Semantic Bootstrapping and the Role of Meta-cognition. BUCLD 36 Proceedings. Cascadilla Press.

    2011

    • Breheny, R. (2011). Experimentation-Based Pragmatics. In Bublitz, W., Norrick, N. (Eds.). Handbook of Pragmatics: Volume 1 Foundations of Pragmatics ( ). Mouton – de Gruyter. Publisher URL [Accepted]
    • Ferguson, H. J., Breheny, R. E. T. (2011). Listeners' eyes reveal spontaneous sensitivity to others' perspectives. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.08.007.
    • Ferguson, H., BREHENY, R. (2011). Eye movements reveal the time-course of anticipating behaviour based on complex, conflicting desires. Cognition 119(2), 179-196 doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2011.01.005.

    2010

    • Katsos, N., Breheny, R. (2010). Two experiments and some suggestions on the meaning of scalars and numerals. In Németh T, E., Bibok, K. (Eds.). The Role of Data at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface ( Vol. 9 pp.125-160). Berlin, Germany De Gruyter. Publisher URL
    • Tian, Y., BREHENY, R., Ferguson, H. J. (2010). Why we simulate negated information: A dynamic pragmatic account. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 63(12), 2305-2312 doi:10.1080/17470218.2010.525712. Publisher URL

    2009

    • Breheny, R. (2009). Meaning. In Cummings, L. (Ed.). The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia ( ). Routledge. Author URL
    • Breheny, R. (2009). Radical Pragmatics. In Cummings, L. (Ed.). The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia ( ). Routledge. Author URL

    2008

    • Breheny, R. (2008). A New Look at the Semantics and Pragmatics of Numerically Quantified Noun Phrases. Journal of Semantics 25(2), 93-139 doi:10.1093/jos/ffm016. Author URL

    2006

    • Breheny, R., Pearce, M. (Eds.) (2006). UCL Working papers in Linguistics 18. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 18, 1-437 Department of Phonetics and Lnguistics, University College London
    • Breheny, R. (2006). 'Non-specific Specifics and the Source of Existential Closure of Exceptional-Scope Indefinites'. UCL. Author URL
    • Breheny, R. (2006). Communication and folk psychology. Mind and Language 21(1), 74-107 doi:10.1111/j.1468-0017.2006.00307.x. Author URL
    • Breheny, R. (2006). Pragmatic Analyses of Anaphoric Pronouns: Do Things Look Better in 2-D? In García-Carpintero, M., Macia, J. (Eds.). Two-Dimensional Semantics ( pp.22-37). Oxford OUP. Author URL
    • Breheny, R., Katsos, N., Williams, J. (2006). Are generalised scalar implicatures generated by default? An on-line investigation into the role of context in generating pragmatic inferences. COGNITION 100(3), 434-463 doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2005.07.003.
    • Breheny, R., Katsos, N., Williams, J. (2006). Are generalised scalar implicatures generated by default? An on-line investigation into the role of context in generating pragmatic inferences. Cognition 100(3), 434-463 doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2005.07.003. Author URL

    2005

    • Breheny, R. (2005). Exhaustivity, Homogeneity & Definiteness. Amsterdam Colloquium. ( Vol. 15 pp.59-65). Amsterdam Universiteit van Amsterdam. Author URL
    • Breheny, R. (2005). Some scalar implicatures really aren't quantity implicatures - but "some"'s are. Sinn & Bedeutung. ( Vol. 9 pp.57-71). Author URL
    • Breheny, R., Adger, D. (2005). Commentary on 'exaption and linguistic explanation'. Lingua 115, 1673-1677 Author URL
    • Katsos, N., Breheny, R., Williams, J. (2005). The Interaction of Structural and Contextual Constraints During the On-line Generation of Scalar Inferences. 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. ( Vol. 27 ). Laurence Erlbaum and Associates. Author URL

    2004

    • Breheny, R. (2004). 'Indefinites and Anaphoric Dependence - A Case for Dynamic Semantics or Pragmatics?'. In Reimer, M., Bezuidenhout, A. (Eds.). Descriptions and Beyond ( pp.455-483). OUP.

    2003

    • Breheny, R. (2003). A lexicalist account of implicit (bound) context dependence. Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory XIII. ( pp.55-73). Ithaca, US CLC Publications, Cornell University. Author URL Publisher URL
    • Breheny, R. (2003). On Bindability. Amsterdam Colloquium. ( Vol. 14 pp.81-87). Amsterdam Universiteit van Amsterdam. Author URL
    • Breheny, R. (2003). On the Dynamic Turn in the Study of Meaning and Interpretation. In Jaroslav, P. (Ed.). Meaning: The Dynamic Turn ( pp.69-89). Elsevier. Author URL

    2002

    • Breheny, R. (2002). Exceptional-Scope Indefinites and Domain Restriction. Sinn & Bedeutung. ( Vol. 7 pp.38-52). Konstanz Universit¨at Konstanz. Author URL
    • Breheny, R. (2002). Non-dynamic analyses of anaphoric pronouns: Do things look better in 2-D? Sinn & Bedeutung. ( Vol. 6 pp.17-29). Osnabrueck University of Osnabrueck. Author URL
    • Breheny, R. (2002). The Current State of (Radical) Pragmatics in the Cognitive Sciences. Mind and Language 17(1&2), 169-187 doi:10.1111/1468-0017.00194. Author URL

    2001

    • Breheny, R. (2001). Meaning, Communication and Theory of Mind. Cognitive Science Society. ( Vol. 23 pp.128-133). London Laurence Erlbaum and Associates. Author URL

 

Current PhD Students

Ye Tian
Semantics/Pragmatics, Experimental pragmatics.
Xiaobei Zheng
Cognitive development, language acquisition.
Chao Sun
Experimental pragmatics, particularly on-line comprehension of conversational implicatures.
Irini Symeonidou
Psycholinguistics, experimental pragmatics, social cognition