Edinburgh Meaning Science Lab

Edinburgh Meaning Science Lab combines theories and methodologies from cross-linguistic formal semantics and evolutionary linguistics to investigate questions such as: ‘How are meanings expressed in natural language?’, ‘Are there universal patterns in the way meanings are encoded in different languages?’, ‘If there are such universal patterns, what are the principles that underlie them?’.

Currently, the lab is running the following two research projects:

I am recruiting a postdoc to join the UKRI FLF project. See here for details! (28 months; Application deadline: 10 May 5pm UK time; Previously, I have mistakenly stated here that the deadline was 11 May. Please email me if you missed the deadline because of this).


  • Wataru Uegaki, Principal Investigator
  • Ciyang Qing, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Ella Hannon, Research Assistant
  • Victoria-Elliot Bush, Research Assistant (QMUL)
  • Esther Lam, PhD student
  • Takanobu Nakamura, PhD student


Talk series

Jointly with Brian Rabern (Edinburgh Philosophy), we organise a talk series by external and internal speakers who work on issues in meaning. See here for the current schedule of the talk series.