Prof Napoleon KATSOS

Co-Principal Investigator

Prof Napoleon Katsos is interested in how experimental research in language acquisition and processing can inform theoretical linguistic inquiry and vice versa. His particular focus is in the area of semantics and pragmatics, especially implicature, presupposition and quantification. Together with colleagues, he has been awarded grants by the AHRC, the British Academy, the ESRC, and other funding bodies to work on aspects of experimental pragmatics with typically- and atypically-developing children and adults.

Prof Katsos is also interested in bilingualism, and is a founder member of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network.




Research Interest

Key Publications

Prof Napoleon Katsos' Website

Cummins, C. & Katsos, N. (2019). Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics, (eds) Oxford University Press

Howard, K., Katsos, N., & Gibson, J. (2019). The School Experiences of Bilingual Children on the Autism Spectrum: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 87, 9-20

Olguin, A., Cekic, M., Bekinschtein, T.A., Katsos, N., & Bozic, M. (2019). Bilingualism and language similarity modify the neural mechanisms of selective attention. Scientific Reports. 9(1): article number 8204

Lorge, I., & Katsos, N. (2018). Listener-adapted speech: Bilinguals adapt in a more sensitive way. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. DOI: 10.1075/lab.16054.lor

Antoniou, K., & Katsos, N. (2017). The effect of childhood multilingualism and bilectalism on implicature understanding. Applied Psycholinguistics, 38 (4): 787-833

Katsos, N., Cummins, C., Ezeizabarrena, M., Gavarró, A., Kraljević, J. K., et al. (2016). Cross-linguistic patterns in the acquisition of quantifiers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(33): 9244–9249

Antoniou, K., Grohmann, K., Kambanaros, M., & Katsos, N. (2016). The effect of childhood bilectalism and multilingualism on executive control. Cognition, 149: 18-30

Reetzke, R, Zou, X., Sheng, L., & Katsos, N. (2015). Communicative development in bilingually exposed Chinese children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 58(3):813-25

Soltys, J., Terkourafi, M. & Katsos, N. (2014). Disentangling Politeness Theory and the Strategic Speaker approach: Theoretical considerations and empirical predictions. Intercultural Pragmatics, 11(1): 31 – 56

Andrés Roqueta, C., Adrian, J.E., Clemente, R.A., & Katsos, N. (2013). Which are the best predictors of theory of mind delay in children with specific language impairment? International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 48(6):726-37

Breheny, R. E. T., Ferguson, H. J., & Katsos, N. (2013). Taking the epistemic step: Toward a model of on-line access to conversational implicatures. Cognition. 126(3), 423-440.

Katsos, N., Andrés Roqueta, C., Estevan, R. A. C., & Cummins, C. (2011). Are children with Specific Language Impairment Competent with the Pragmatics and Logic of Quantification? Cognition, 119: 43-57.

Katsos, N. & Bishop, D. V. M. (2011) Pragmatic Tolerance: Implications for the Acquisition of Informativeness and Implicature. Cognition, 20: 67-81.

Cummins, C., & Katsos, N. (2010). Comparative and Superlative Quantifiers: Pragmatic Effects of Comparison Type. Journal of Semantics, 27: 271-305

Davies, C., & Katsos, N. (2010). Over-informative Children: Production/Comprehension Asymmetry or Tolerance to Pragmatic Violations? Lingua, 120/8: 1956-1972