William Salmon



I am an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. My research brings methods and insights from sociolinguistics and social psychology to bear on issues in semantics and pragmatics, particularly computation of Gricean implicatures. I am especially interested in how this process works across cultures and dialects, and I work primarily with dialects of English and Belizean Kriol. I’ve been at UMD since the fall of 2011. From 2008-2011, I was a postdoc in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia Vancouver.

I received my PhD in linguistics from Yale University in 2009. My advisor at Yale was Larry Horn, and my dissertation is entitled Dislocations, Context, and Composition: or, Double Subjects in Brazilian Portuguese.

Before I went to Yale I did an MA in linguistics at the University of North Texas. My advisor at UNT was Haj Ross, and I wrote an MA thesis for Haj which is entitled “Emotional Problems in Experiencer Verbs.”

My last name, Salmon, appears in the Old Testament, in the book of Joshua, in the story of the battle of Jericho. Salmon was a spy in this battle, and he was given shelter by a harlot named Rahab, whom he later married. The name also appears in the New Testament, in the book of Matthew, in the long line of begats stretching from Abraham to Jesus.

So I come from good people, I think.

  1. 1.In Xela, Guatemala, August 2012.

  2. 2.Jean-D, demonstrating over my office, on a beautiful blue sky day.

  3. 3.Duluth swimming in the summertime  (photo courtesy of National Geographic).

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