Chris Kennedy

University of Chicago

Chris Kennedy received his PhD in 1997 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. His research investigates the principles involved in relating linguistic forms to meanings, the interaction between the linguistic system and the context of utterance, and the extent to which structural and typological features of language can be explained in terms of meaning. He has investigated these issues primarily through an exploration of comparison, amount, degree, and vagueness, often in collaboration with colleagues in cognitive science, computer science, and philosophy of language, as well as linguistics.