Katherine Fraser

Predoctoral Researcher
Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

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I am a first year PhD student, funded by a FPI predoctoral grant (BES-2016-076783 from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness). I am a member of the project MEAT (Interaction between Meaning Types; PI: Elena Castroviejo; Ref. FFI2015-66732-P).


Thesis topic: The interaction between aspect and types of meaning, supervised by  Elena Castroviejo and Berit Gehrke

My main research interests are lexical semantics, semantics-pragmatics interface, secondary meaning, argument structure, and event semantics.

With Kata Wohlmuth (UPF), I am organising a Retreat for Students in Semantics and Pragmatics (ReSSP 2018) the first weekend in October in the moutains of Catalonia.


Academic Degrees

Currently enrolled: PhD student, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU (Spain).


M.A., Sprachtheorie und Sprachvergleich, Dec 2016, Universität Stuttgart (Germany).

Sitting and Waiting: Idle meanings of an English posture verb, supervised by Daniel Hole and Berit Gehrke


(B.Eng, not completed) Mediainformatik, Hochschule Esslingen (Germany).


B.A., Linguistics, May 2010, Michigan State University (USA).

 Elderly on the Eastside: A mini ethnography, supervised by Suzanne Evans Wagner.

Other training


CreteLing 2017 Summer School of Linguistics. 09 – 22 July 2017. Rethymnon (Greece).

23rd Central European Summer School in Generative Grammar. 25 Jul–05 Aug 2016. Lagodekhi (Republic of Georgia).

Talks, Publications & Manuscripts

Locative subjects and their semantic constraints in an English change-of-state construction. Talk at Event Semantics Workshop. Universität zu Köln, Germany. 25-26 November 2017.


Polysemy of an English posture verb: A case study of non-literal meaning. Talk at "Approaches to coercion and polysemy". University of Oslo, Norway. 20-21 November 2017. 


Extra Arguments in English. Talk at SigGram annual meeting. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. 05-06 October 2017.

Secondary meaning in argument alternations. Talk with Daniel Hole at "Transmodal perspectives on secondary meaning". Workshop at TbiLLC 2017. Lagodekhi, Georgia. 20 September, 2017.

Exploring the multi-dimensional meaning of extra arguments in English. Accepted talk at Twelfth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation. Lagodekhi, Georgia. 18–22 September, 2017. 


Extra Arguments in English: A multi-dimensional perspective. Talk at 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Zurich, Switzerland. 10–13 September 2017.  

Extra Arguments in English. Colloquium talk at Universität Wien. Vienna, Austria. 11 May 2017. 

Motion verbs in Progress: a cross-linguistic study of expressive meaning. Talk with Cora Pots at 18th Szklarska Poreba Workshop. Szklarska Poreba, Poland. 06 March 2017. 


Sitting and Waiting: and idle meaning of an English posture verb. Accepted talk at Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics 2016. 

Idly Sitting: Expressive meaning of an English posture verb. Talk at Building Blocks of Meaning: SFB 732 Workshop. Stuttgart, Germany. 10 October 2016. 

Sitting and Waiting: idle meanings of an English posture verb. Talk at HSE Semantics & Pragmatics Workshop. Moscow, Russia. 30 September 2016. 

Sitting and Waiting: idle meanings of an English posture verb. Talk at Meaning, Optimization and Interaction Workshop; Satellite workshop of New Ideas in Semantic Modelling. Paris, France. 09 September 2016. 

Sitting and Waiting: idle meanings of an English posture verb. Talk at 17th Szklarska Poreba Workshop. Szklarska Poreba, Poland. 05 March 2016.