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Chi-Hé Elder is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of East Anglia. She specialises in theoretical pragmatics, with a particular interest in the cognitive processes involved in utterance comprehension. She completed her PhD in 2015 on the pragmatics of conditionals at the University of Cambridge, which has recently been revised as a monograph entitled Context, Cognition and Conditionals, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. Her second research project, Pragmatics in interaction: An exploration of miscommunication, was supported by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2015-18). This moved her work beyond that of the specific case of conditionals towards questioning the object of pragmatic theory at large, asking what counts as 'successful communication' and examining the extent to which an intention-based model of meaning is applicable to everyday interactions. Her current work is pushing the interactional account further, looking at how the discursive settings affect how people orient to, negotiate and/or ignore misunderstandings in communication.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Chi-Hé Elder's research lies in the field of pragmatics. Her key research interests are in how contextual factors affect and constrain the ways that people formulate what they say, as well as how context affects how meanings are interpreted. She is particularly interested in how misunderstandings arise in communication, and how they are negotiated and resolved - including cases where people choose to ignore misunderstandings or leave them unresolved. These issues involve looking at classic topics in pragmatics, including speech acts, politeness, and conversational maxims, as well as at the structure of interaction.
She is interested in supervising PhD projects in any area of pragmatics relating to meaning in context, including but not limited to issues around implicatures, speech acts, politeness, misunderstandings, and meaning in interaction.
After gaining a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 2007, Chi-Hé moved to the University of Cambridge to commence her graduate studies in Linguistics. She was awarded an MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics in 2010, before completing her PhD 'On the forms of conditionals and the functions of if' in 2015. She moved to UEA in September 2015 as a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and since 2018 is a Lecturer in Linguistics in the department of Language and Communication Studies in the School of PPL.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 1 Mar 2015
Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 1 Jul 2010
Bachelor of Science, University of Warwick
Award Date: 1 Jul 2007
1/01/22 → 31/12/23
1/09/15 → 31/08/18
Elder, C-H., Jul 2021, In : Journal of Pragmatics. 179, p. 37-43 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Elder, C-H., Feb 2020, Positioning and Stance in Political Discourse: The Individual, the Party, and the Party Line. Berlin, L. (ed.). Vernon Press, p. 71-92 22 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Elder, C-H., 18 Nov 2019, In : Linguistics. 57, 6, p. 1337–1365
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)