Elizabeth E Coppock


Elizabeth Coppock
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Boston University

Email: eecoppock at gmail dot com

In the fall of 2017, I joined the Linguistics faculty at Boston University as an Assistant Professor, specializing in semantics and pragmatics. My research concerns the meanings of small words in various languages, the invisible forces that give complex expressions their meanings, and sometimes even the nature of meaning itself.

As Principal Investigator of the Swedish Research Council project Most and more: Quantity superlatives across languages, I maintain a part-time position as biträdande lektor at the University of Gothenburg, in the department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science, where I have worked since 2012.

From July 2014 until I joined the faculty at Boston University, my work at the University of Gothenburg was made possible by the Pro Futura Scientia program funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and arranged by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala, Sweden.

Before going to Gothenburg, I held research and teaching positions at the Department of General Linguistics at Heinrich Heine University (Duesseldorf, Germany) and the Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University (Lund, Sweden). I have also spent time in Austin, Texas, both at Cycorp, Inc., and at the Linguistics Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

I received a B.A. in Linguistics from Northwestern University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University in 2009. I became Docent in Linguistics through the University of Gothenburg in December 2013. ("Docent" is the Swedish equivalent of a German "Habilitation", a post-Ph.D. qualification, regardless of what Google Translate might have you believe.)

Papers, handouts, and slides I have produced are available on my research page.

My full CV is available in PDF format here.