Carnegie Mellon University

Mandy Simons

Mandy Simons


  • Baker Hall 145H


I am a professor in the Department of Philosophy, with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. I work on topics in linguistic pragmatics and the philosophy of language. I am also the Director of the Program in Linguistics at CMU. See my personal website for more info.

Current and Prior Research Topics

  • Presupposition
  • Conversation without common ground
  • Convention
  • Embedded implicature and local enrichment
  • Nominal bridging
  • Disjunction in natural language

Selected Publications

Please note that the papers posted here are under copyright with the publishers. The PDFs are intended for personal academic use only.

Questions Under Discussion: Where Information Structure meets Projective Content. Annual Review of Linguistics 2017, Volume 3, pp.265-284 [With David Beaver, Craige Roberts and Judith Tonhauser] [link]

Local Pragmatics and Structured Contents. Philosophical Studies. Published online May 1, 2013. DOI 10.1007/s11098-013-0138-2 [pdf]

Towards a Taxonomy of Projective Content. Language 89(1), 66-109. [with Judith Tonhauser, David Beaver and Craige Roberts], March 2013 [link]

Observations on embedding verbs, evidentiality, and presupposition. Lingua 117(6), 1034-1056, 2007. [pdf]

"On the Conversational Basis of Some Presuppositions". Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 11, 2001. [pdf]