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.

Academic Background

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.

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