Minyao Huang


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I am a Research Fellow at Sun Yat Sen University, and the Principal Investigator of a project on proper names funded by Ministry of Education of China. I was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge from 2014 to 2017, where I received my PhD in 2013.

My research interests lie in semantics, pragmatics and philosophy of language, and they naturally extend to syntax, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, psycholinguistics and natural language processing.

My post-doctoral research on the Leverhulme-funded project Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals focuses on (i) uses of generic pronouns across languages for expressing the self, (ii) cognitive and communicative roles of de se thoughts, and (iii) interaction between indexicals and de se anaphors in attitude reports.

My doctoral dissertation on ‘Vagueness in language use’ investigates, in experimental settings, the manifestation of tolerance and indeterminacy in categorisation with vague expressions. On the theoretical side, it defends a hybrid epistemicist/contextualist model for vague predicates, and addresses the implication of linguistic vagueness for the semantics/pragmatics interface.

Besides, I am interested in proper names, quotation, expressives and modality.