Barbara Abbott
 
I received my PhD in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. My dissertation was A study of referential opacity. From Fall 1976 through Spring 2006 I taught at Michigan State University, where I held a joint appointment in Linguistics and Philosophy. My main areas of concentration are semantics and pragmatics, and philosophy of language, and I taught courses in those areas as well as in cognitive science and introductory linguistics. I am interested in issues of reference and noun phrase interpretation, word meaning, presuppositions, conditional sentences, and other problems. My husband is Larry Hauser, a philosopher. For more details about me, and links to some recent papers, see my vita.  For more on linguistics, try the many links provided by LINGUIST.