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.

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