Dr Nicholas Riemer

BA (Sydney), PhD. (Sydney)
Senior Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7039

Research interests

  • history and philosophy of linguistics
  • Modern English language, especially verb semantics
  • meaning in language (semantic description and theory; polysemy; semantic change)
  • semiotic theory (the foundations of semiotics; semiotics and grammar)
  • metaphor
  • language and subjectivity, especially the place of emotion in theories of language

Associations

Selected Talks

  • 2012a: La linguistique formelle en quête d'un objet : esquisse d'une épistémologie de la 'grammaticalité', Séminaire d'Histoire et d'Epistémologie des sciences du langage, Laboratoire d'histoire des théories linguistiques, Université Paris Diderot.
  • 2012b: Two effects of context on semantic representation. 'Calcul du sens en contexte' workshop, Ecole Normale Supérieure [video].
  • 2012c: Données en syntaxe formelle : « grammaticalité », « acceptabilité » et idéalisation. HTL summer school 'Expérience, Empiricité, Expérimentation en Linguistique : Histoire et Épistémologie', Agay, France
  • 2012d: Construction des données en sémantique. HTL summer school 'Expérience, Empiricité, Expérimentation en Linguistique : Histoire et Épistémologie', Agay, France
  • 2009a: La conception syntaxique de a polysémie: une critique. Université de Lille III
  • 2009b: An affective-expressivist semantics for the emotion lexicon. Language and Cognition group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • 2009c: Theta-roles, meaning, and successful explanation in linguistics. Optimal Communication group, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2009d: Semantic representation and natural meaning. Focus presentation, Free Linguistics Conference, University of Sydney

Commentary and Opinion

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2006

  • Linguistic semantics: towards a critical synthesis; Riemer N; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Riemer, N. (2010). Introducing Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Riemer, N. (2005). The Semantics of Polysemy: Reading Meaning in English and Warlpiri. Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Book Chapters

  • Riemer, N. (2014). Word Meanings (forthcoming). In John R Taylor (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Word. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Riemer, N. (2011). Sense individuation and syntactic optionality. In Brett Baker, Ilana Mushin, Mark Harvey, Rod Gardner (Eds.), Indigenous Language and Social Identity: papers in honour of Michael Walsh, (pp. 365-384). Canberra, ACT: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Riemer, N. (2002). When is a metonymy no longer a metonymy? In Rene Dirven & Ralf Porings (Eds.), Metaphor and Metonymy in Comparison and Contrast, (pp. 379-406). New York & Berlin: Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Journals

  • Riemer, N. (2014). Comment: Interjections and Expressivity. Emotion Review, 6(1), 64-65. [More Information]
  • Riemer, N. (2014). Compte rendu de Noam Chomsky 'The Science of Language. Interviews with James McGilvray'. Histoire Epistémologie Langage, 35, 161-165.
  • Riemer, N. (2013). Conceptualist semantics: explanatory power, scope and uniqueness. Language Sciences, 35(1), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Riemer, N. (2013). Sous-minimalité, planification et effets de contexte sur la représentation sémantique. Corela: Cognition, Représentation, Langage, HS-14, 1-14.
  • Riemer, N. (2011). La conception syntaxique de la polysémie : une critique. CogniTextes, 6, 1-18.
  • Riemer, N. (2009). Grammaticality as evidence and as prediction in a Galilean linguistics. Language Sciences, 31(5), 612-633.
  • Riemer, N. (2009). On not having read Itkonen: empiricism and intuitions in the generative data debate. Language Sciences, 31, 649-662.
  • Riemer, N. (2006). Reductive Paraphrase and Meaning: A Critique of Wierzbickian Semantics. Linguistics and Philosophy, 29(3), 347-379. [More Information]
  • Riemer, N. (2003). Servant of two masters? NSM and semantic explanation. Theoretical Linguistics, 29, 283-294.
  • Riemer, N. (2002). Verb polysemy and the vocabulary of percussion and impact in Central Australia. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 22(1), 45-96.
  • Riemer, N. (2001). Remetonymizing metaphor: Hypercategories in semantic extension. Cognitive Linguistics: an interdisciplinary journal of cognitive science, 12(4), 379-401.

Conferences

  • Riemer, N. (2003). Les Nominaux dans les complexes verbaux du warlpiri.
  • Riemer, N. (2003). Meaning change in verbs: the case of strike. 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics 2001, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Riemer, N. (2002). Interpreting semantic extension: metaphor and metonymy on different levels of lexical categorization. 2001 Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Australia: Australian Linguistic Society.

Textual Creative Works

  • Riemer, N. (2006). The Thing You're In. Australia: Australian Book Review.
  • Riemer, N. (2004). James Stinks (and so does Chuck). Australia: Puncher and Wattmann.
  • Riemer, N. (2003). Park André Citroën in Winter. Germany: Lyrik.Log 24.

2014

  • Riemer, N. (2014). Comment: Interjections and Expressivity. Emotion Review, 6(1), 64-65. [More Information]
  • Riemer, N. (2014). Compte rendu de Noam Chomsky 'The Science of Language. Interviews with James McGilvray'. Histoire Epistémologie Langage, 35, 161-165.
  • Riemer, N. (2014). Word Meanings (forthcoming). In John R Taylor (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Word. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2013

  • Riemer, N. (2013). Conceptualist semantics: explanatory power, scope and uniqueness. Language Sciences, 35(1), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Riemer, N. (2013). Sous-minimalité, planification et effets de contexte sur la représentation sémantique. Corela: Cognition, Représentation, Langage, HS-14, 1-14.

2011

  • Riemer, N. (2011). La conception syntaxique de la polysémie : une critique. CogniTextes, 6, 1-18.
  • Riemer, N. (2011). Sense individuation and syntactic optionality. In Brett Baker, Ilana Mushin, Mark Harvey, Rod Gardner (Eds.), Indigenous Language and Social Identity: papers in honour of Michael Walsh, (pp. 365-384). Canberra, ACT: Pacific Linguistics.

2010

  • Riemer, N. (2010). Introducing Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2009

  • Riemer, N. (2009). Grammaticality as evidence and as prediction in a Galilean linguistics. Language Sciences, 31(5), 612-633.
  • Riemer, N. (2009). On not having read Itkonen: empiricism and intuitions in the generative data debate. Language Sciences, 31, 649-662.

2006

  • Riemer, N. (2006). Reductive Paraphrase and Meaning: A Critique of Wierzbickian Semantics. Linguistics and Philosophy, 29(3), 347-379. [More Information]
  • Riemer, N. (2006). The Thing You're In. Australia: Australian Book Review.

2005

  • Riemer, N. (2005). The Semantics of Polysemy: Reading Meaning in English and Warlpiri. Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

2004

  • Riemer, N. (2004). James Stinks (and so does Chuck). Australia: Puncher and Wattmann.

2003

  • Riemer, N. (2003). Les Nominaux dans les complexes verbaux du warlpiri.
  • Riemer, N. (2003). Meaning change in verbs: the case of strike. 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics 2001, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Riemer, N. (2003). Park André Citroën in Winter. Germany: Lyrik.Log 24.
  • Riemer, N. (2003). Servant of two masters? NSM and semantic explanation. Theoretical Linguistics, 29, 283-294.

2002

  • Riemer, N. (2002). Interpreting semantic extension: metaphor and metonymy on different levels of lexical categorization. 2001 Australian Linguistic Society Conference, Australia: Australian Linguistic Society.
  • Riemer, N. (2002). Verb polysemy and the vocabulary of percussion and impact in Central Australia. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 22(1), 45-96.
  • Riemer, N. (2002). When is a metonymy no longer a metonymy? In Rene Dirven & Ralf Porings (Eds.), Metaphor and Metonymy in Comparison and Contrast, (pp. 379-406). New York & Berlin: Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

2001

  • Riemer, N. (2001). Remetonymizing metaphor: Hypercategories in semantic extension. Cognitive Linguistics: an interdisciplinary journal of cognitive science, 12(4), 379-401.

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