Txuss Martin

txussBI was born and raised in Barcelona, Catalonia. I graduated in Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Barcelona in 2004, where I also did my M.A. studies within the program on Cognitive Science and Language, and created the Biolinguistics Group at the Department of Linguistics. I then moved to the United States in 2006, where I got my PhD in Linguistics at New York University in 2011 with a dissertation entitled Deconstructing Romance Object Clitics, under the supervision of Richard Kayne. I subsequently got a short post-doctoral fellowship in Durham University (United Kingdom) in 2012, and after that I joined the Grammar & Cognition Lab, as a post-doctoral associate. Currently, I have got a Beatriu de Pinós post-doctoral grant to join the UK-based project Language & Mental Health, and I am based in Durham, UK from October 2015. I however continue being an external associate with the Grammar & Cognition Lab.

I am academically interested in the role of the human faculty of language in the creation of referentiality and consciousness. In particular, how the structure of language (a biological object) creates reference to the (possible) world and how that structure creates the formal ontology defined by human consciousness. I insert my research within the emerging field of the Philosophy of Grammar, where the topics of the received philosophy of language are considered with the inclusion of grammar as a serious and worth field of study that illuminates human nature. As for my more immediate research interests, the foci are mainly four: (1) phase theory as a topological device for multimodal extended deixis, (2) interface properties like quantification, polarity, event structure, information structure, and propositionality, (3) the internal structure of pronouns and other nominals, and (4) how language builds up consciousness.

As a side project, I have been recently developing a startup company called +, dedicated to research and knowledge transfer. Our main goal is helping research teams to get public outreach, making their work available to the general public via exhibitions, publications, event organization, audiovisual materials, community managing, and public relations. Our first, upcoming project is called Talking Brains (www.talkingbrains.net)

Selected Publications

“The grammar of the essential indexical”. Lingua 148: 95-117 [DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.05.016], 2014 (with Wolfram Hinzen).

“El clític datiu és més que un clític.” II International Prize for Research on Catalan Linguistics. Pagès Editors, 2013. (with Cedric Boeckx) [Published in Catalan and in English].

“For an approach to language with biocognitive import: The dismissal of specificity and other issues” (with J. Rosselló). In Boeckx, C., J.L. Mendívil-Giró, M.C. Horno (eds.) Language from a Biological Point of View. Current Issues in Biolinguistics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 14 – 22, 2012.

“Deconstructing object clitics”, NYU Working Papers in Linguistics 2, 2009: 1-19.

“Another linguistics is possible, Nature, Culture, and the Study of Language”. In Rosselló, J. & J. Martín Eds. (2006) The Biolinguistic Turn. Issues on Language and Biology. Barcelona: Publicacions Universitat de Barcelona.

“The Biolinguistic Turn” (with J. Rosselló). In Rosselló, J. & J. Martín Eds. (2006) The Biolinguistic Turn. Issues on Language and Biology. Barcelona: Publicacions Universitat de Barcelona.

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