I am a theoretical linguist with a specialism in pragmatics. My PhD looked at the pragmatics of abbreviated language in diaries, and I take a relevance-theoretic perspective in my work.
My current research comprises several interrelated strands. I am writing a book on the pragmatics of referring expressions, considering how they may be used both to communicate meaning and to create stylistic effects. Related work considers the role and characterization of procedural meaning in verbal and non-verbal communication, and I particularly focus on what a procedural approach can reveal about how prosody and intonation interact with meaning. I have applied relevance-theoretic principles to the analysis of literary texts, and I also have an interest in the pragmatics of computer-mediated communication, having published on the communicative function of hashtags.
Since May 2019 I have been the Acting Head of Humanities.
Scott, Kate (2018) "Hashtags work everywhere" : the pragmatic functions of spoken hashtags. Discourse, Context & Media, 22, pp. 57-64. ISSN (print) 2211-6958
Scott, Kate [Reviewer] (2018) Book Review of: 'Relevance theory : recent developments, current challenges and future directions' by M. Padilla Cruz (ed.). Journal of Pragmatics, 123, pp. 113-115. ISSN (print) 0378-2166
Scott, Kate (2015) The pragmatics of hashtags : inference and conversational style on Twitter. Journal of Pragmatics, 81, pp. 8-20. ISSN (print) 0378-2166
Scott, Kate (2013) Pragmatically motivated null subjects in English: A relevance theory perspective. Journal of Pragmatics, 53, pp. 68-83. ISSN (print) 0378-2166
Scott, Kate (2020) Referring expressions, pragmatics, and style : reference and beyond. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. 198p. ISSN (print) 9781107177574
Scott, Kate , Clark, Billy and Carston, Robyn, eds. (2019) Relevance, pragmatics and interpretation. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. 326p. ISBN 9781108418638
Scott, Kate and Jackson, Rebecca (2020) When EVERYTHING STANDS OUT, nothing does : typography, expectations and procedures. In: Piskorska, Agnieszka, (ed.) Relevance theory, figuration and continuity in pragmatics. John Benjamins Publishing. (Figurative Thought and Language) (In Press)
Scott, Kate (2019) Misleading and relevance in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In: Chapman, Siobhan and Clark, Billy, (eds.) Pragmatics and Literature. Amsterdam, The Netherlands : John Benjamins. pp. 94-114. (Linguistic Approaches to Literature, no. 35) ISSN (print) 1569-3112 ISBN 9789027204448 (In Press)
Carston, Robyn, Clark, Billy and Scott, Kate (2019) Introduction. In: Scott, Kate , Clark, Billy and Carston, Robyn, (eds.) Relevance, Pragmatics and Interpretation. Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press. pp. 1-10. ISBN 9781108418638
Scott, Kate (2017) Prosody, procedures and pragmatics. In: Depraetere, Ilse and Salkie, Raphael, (eds.) Semantics and pragmatics : drawing a line. Berlin, Germany : Springer International Publishing. pp. 323-341. (Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning, no. 11) ISBN 9783319322452
Scott, Kate (2011) Beyond Reference: Concepts, Procedures and Referring Expressions. In: Escandell-Vidal, Victoria , Leonetti, Manuel and Ahern, Aoife, (eds.) Procedural Meaning: Problems and Perspectives. Bingley, U.K. : Emerald Group Publishing Limited. pp. 183-203. (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface, no. 25) ISSN (print) 1472-7870 ISBN 9780857240934
Scott, Kate (2018) "The popular orange vegetables" : culture, context and definite descriptions. In: 8th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS VIII) : "Communication, Culture and Cognition"; 02 - 04 May 2018, Seville, Spain. (Unpublished)
Scott, Kate (2010) The relevance of referring expressions: the case of diary drop in English. (PhD thesis), University College London, .