LIdIA members are interested in language as a cognitive system for meaning-making. Some of the topics we work on are: the development of literacy in children; the semantics-pragmatics interface; cross-modal interpreting; and non-native speaker lexico-grammatical resources. A broad repertoire of methods are employed, including clinical case studies, Conversation Analysis, corpus analysis, and surveys of speaker intuitions. Current projects include:
- Conditional promises and threats: cross-cultural implications.
- The Star Project: Key Stage 1 children's attitudes and understanding of reading.
- A corpus case study of English usage by a non-native speaker.
- Meaning holism: linguistic, philosophical and psychological explorations.
- Towards a better understanding of the needs of English learners of foreign languages: are English listeners ‘stress-deaf’?