About me

I am a Senior Researcher in the laboratory Structures Formelles du Langage (CNRS/Université Paris 8). I study meaning.

I’m particularly interested in how we talk about what happens next. So I spend much of my time thinking about:

  • causation, force dynamics, and culmination
  • agency, volition, ability, and dispositions
  • aspect and eventuality type
  • future reference, conditionals, and metaphysical modality, especially within the verb phrase

I take the perspective that meaning is contributed both at a generative, syntax-visible, semantic level (i.e., logical form), as well as at a non-generative, conceptual level, and that the division of labor between these levels is testable using the methods of model-theoretic and compositional semantics, syntactic theory, and cognitive psychology. In this vein I am also interested in:

  • prospection (thinking about the future)
  • children's transition from single words to sentences

I get asked a lot how to pronounce my last name. It's pronounced /koʊpli/. Though in Boston I answer to /kɑpli/ and in Paris to /kople/.

Contact information:

  • email: bridget.copley@cnrs.fr
  • address: SFL, 59-61 rue Pouchet, 75017 Paris, France

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