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I completed my PhD in 2010 at UCL under the supervision of Professor Deirdre Wilson. I then taught at UCL and at Middlesex University before joining Kingston in 2012. My background is in language and linguistics, but my interests are broad and encompass visual communication in various written and non-verbal forms. My publications include work on digitally-mediated communication (hashtags, emoji, memes and clickbait) and I am particularly interested in how context influences the production and interpretation of online communication.
I was Head of Department for Humanities from May 2019 to February 2021, overseeing courses in English, Creative Writing and Philosophy.
I am the School Director for Research, Business and Innovation at the Design School, KSA, and I am the research director for the Writing Cultures Group.
School Director Research & Enterprise
As the head of department for Humanities, I had responsibility for overseeing the learning and teaching across a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I have designed, taught and assessed modules across all university levels (3-7), and I have supervised a range of undergraduate and taught MA dissertations.
I have a particular interest in developing effective employability-focused modules, and have adapted materials in this area to support course across the School of Design.
As course leader (2017-2020), I oversaw the introduction of criteria-based marking, and I have disseminated this work at School Learning and Teaching events. The good practice developed in this area is now being rolled out across the department.
My textbook for Cambridge University Press (2022) has been described as 'a masterful introduction to the major pragmatic theories' and 'a must-read for all students of pragmatics'.
In 2014 I secured an HEA grant of £1000 to organise a cross-university workshop entitled ‘Teaching in Linguistics: Creativity and Innovation in Practice'. The workshop attracted over 40 registrations from more than 15 institutions throughout the United Kingdom. A range of invited speakers shared innovative practice on a range of topics related to the learning and teaching of English Language and Linguistics.
I have given guest lectures as part of Masters programmes at The University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and The University of Pittsburgh, USA.
I am an external examiner at the University of Kent.
My research focuses primarily on the pragmatics of communication, and I have applied ideas from the relevance theory framework to a range of data and texts. My PhD thesis focused on the pragmatics of reference, and this work has since been published as a monograph by Cambridge University Press.
I am particularly interested in how ideas from cognitive pragmatics can be applied to new areas including illustration, graphics, and design, and how we can use ideas from relevance theory to understand how users interpret visual stimuli.
I have published on the pragmatics of digitally-mediated communication, focusing on how users adapt their communicative practices based on the multimodal, graphical, and typographical resources available to them in online spaces. I am currently preparing a monograph for Routledge on the Pragmatics of Digital Communication and my journal article on the pragmatics of hashtags has been cited over 100 times. I'm currently preparing papers on the pragmatics of sharing, memes and clickbait.
In a final strand of my research, I have applied ideas from relevance theory to the analysis of texts, including a paper on the typography of written texts.
I have supervised PhD and MA by Research students working on pragmatics, second language acquisition (Brighton University) and digitally mediated communication. I welcome proposals from prospective PhD or MA by Research students working in pragmatics, visual communication, typography, relevance theory, or digitally-mediated communication.
I regularly review for a number of academic journals and sit on the scientific committees of two international conferences.
Scott, Kate (2021) The pragmatics of rebroadcasting content on Twitter : how is retweeting relevant? Journal of Pragmatics, 184, pp. 52-60. ISSN (print) 0378-2166
Scott, Kate (2021) You won't believe what's in this paper! Clickbait, relevance, and the curiosity gap. Journal of Pragmatics, 175, pp. 53-66. ISSN (print) 0378-2166
Scott, Kate (2021) Memes as multimodal metaphors : a relevance theory analysis. Pragmatics and Cognition, 28(2), pp. 277-298. ISSN (print) 0929-0907
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 (2021) Contrastive stress in English : meaning, expectations and ostension. In: Ifantidou, Elly , de Saussure, Louis and Wharton, Tim, (eds.) Beyond meaning. Amsterdam, Netherlands : John Benjamins. pp. 29-41. (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, (324)) ISBN 9789027209269
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. Amsterdam, The Netherlands : John Benjamins Publishing. pp. 167-192. (Figurative Thought and Language, (8)) ISSN (print) 2405-6944 ISBN 9789027205544
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, (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, (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, 25(25)) ISSN (print) 1472-7870 ISBN 9780857240934
Scott, Kate (2022) Relevance, imagined audiences, and third-party utterances. In: Tenth International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS X); 23-25 May 2022, Seville, Spain. (Unpublished)
Scott, Kate (2022) The pragmatics of clickbait headlines : relevance and the information gap. In: International Workshop : The Pragmatics of Headlines; 10-11 Mar 2022, Mainz, Germany. (Unpublished)
Scott, Kate (2021) The pragmatics of rebroadcasting content on Twitter : how is retweeting relevant? In: Cognitive Sciences Seminar; 04 Nov 2021, Held online. (Unpublished)
Scott, Kate (2019) You won’t believe what’s in this paper! The pragmatics of clickbait. In: Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis - ADDA 2; 23 - 25 May 2019, Turku, Finland. (Unpublished)
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 and Jackson, Rebecca (2017) When EVERYTHING STANDS OUT nothing does : typography, expectations and procedures. In: Beyond Meaning : International Conference; 13 - 15 Sep 2017, Athens, Greece. (Unpublished)
Scott, Kate (2016) Lies, misleading and the role of inference in Twelfth Night : a relevance-theoretic analysis. In: PALA 2016 : In/Authentic Styles : Language, Discourse and Contexts; 27 - 30 Jul 2016, Cagliari, Italy. (Unpublished)
Scott, Kate (2010) The relevance of referring expressions: the case of diary drop in English. (PhD thesis), University College London, .
As the Director of Research Business and Innovation in the KSA School of Design, I have oversight of all enterprise and knowledge transfer activity within the School
I have completed PraxisAuril training on Essentials of Business Development and Developing Strategic Partnerships.
Professional and Bid Writing Project
Sitting with the Writing Cultures Research Group and in collaboration with Meg Jensen and Brian Brivati, I co-lead this project which uses research, knowledge and best practice in professional writing to develop skills and capacity within a network of charities, local industries and KU staff. This project arose from the Creative and Professional Writing Academic Excellence project, funded by the Vice Chancellor, which aimed at increasing the access of our diverse student cohort to the Creative Industries by developing unique and sought-after employability skills.
It became clear that the resources and teaching materials developed as part of this project would be of benefit not only to students but also to university staff and industry professionals. We have created an adaptable, transferable bid writing, professional writing and community of practice ‘toolkit,' tested it with a small number of students, KSA staff, local third sector and SMEs.
Activities to date include:
I am currently the School Director of Research, Business and Innovation in the Design School, KSA, overseeing the research and enterprise activities across the departments of Graphic Design, Illustration Animation, Fashion and 3D Design.
Between May 2019 and February 2021 I was the head of department for Humanities, School of Arts, Culture and Communication. I oversaw the day-to-day running of the Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in humanities subjects, and I also had overall responsibility for the Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) and the English for Academic and Professional Development Programme (EAPD) provision.
This is a recording of a presentation I gave at the Relevance Researchers' Network on Relevance and Communication Design in October 2021
This talk gives an overview of my chapter Scott, K. & Jackson, R. (2020). When EVERYTHING STANDS OUT, Nothing Does: Typography, expectations, and procedures. In: Piskorska, A. (ed.) Relevance Theory and Figuration. Amsterdam, John Benjamins. It was presented at the Writing Cultures work-in-progress seminar in November 2020.
This is a recording of a presentation given at ADDA2 (Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis) conference in Turku, Finland in May 2019.