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Dr Kate Scott

Senior Lecturer


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.

Areas of specialism

  • Pragmatics
  • Relevance theory
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Prosody
  • Semantics


  • PhD in Linguistics
  • MA in Linguistics
  • BA in English Literature with Drama
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)


Number of items: 10.


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 (2016) Pronouns and procedures : reference and beyond. Lingua, 175-6, pp. 69-82. ISSN (print) 0024-3841

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 (2013) This and that: a procedural analysis. Lingua, 131, pp. 49-65. ISSN (print) 0024-3841

Scott, Kate (2009) A procedural analysis of 'This' and 'That'. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, 21, pp. 151-181. ISSN (print) 0956-7194

Book Section

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 (2010) The relevance of referring expressions: the case of diary drop in English. (PhD thesis), University College London, .

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