Professor, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts
Office: EdN 214
I hold degrees from The Catholic University of Milan (1986) and Purdue University (PhD 1991). I have published two books on the linguistics of humor. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research. I have also published extensively in pragmatics and semantics, primarily on issues relating to implicatures, irony, rationality and more generally on Neo-Gricean Pragmatics. My other areas of interest are in sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational semantics.
I typically accept students interested in working on topics in humor research or pragmatics, but I occasionally work on topics of interest (e.g., the maintenance of heritage languages or pedagogical cognitive grammar). Non-degree seeking students/scholars interested in working with me should be self-supporting as the department can provide support for them only in very rare cases.
Curriculum Vitae: Attardo.pdf