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Eytan Zweig



Eytan Zweig is a semanticist with an interest in formal semantics and in the application of psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic methods to theoretical linguistics. He obtained his first degree in English at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his PhD in Linguistics at New York University.


  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    BA in English, literature and linguistics (1998 - 2002)
  • New York University
    PhD in Linguistics (2002 - 2008)
  • University of York 
    Lecturer (2007 - )

Departmental roles

  • Careers and skills liason officer
  • Chair of Ethics Committee



  • Semantics
  • Neurolinguistics

Main research interests are formal semantics and neurolinguistics. In semantics, he focuses on how different types of quantification interact with each other. His recent dissertation from New York University deals with disentangling the semantic and pragmatic contributions of noun plurality to sentence meaning. Recent work in neurolinguistics involves the use of neuroimaging techniques to further the understanding of morphological processing during reading.


  • Syntax and semantics of quotative "be-like"
    Together with Bill Haddican, using both sociolinguistic, experimental and theoretical methods to investigating the syntactic and semantic consequences of a lexical innovation in English.
  • A neural correlate for scalar calculation
    This study uses neuroimaging techniques (MEG) to test whether there is any neural activity associated with under informative scalar terms like “some”.

Research group(s)


  • Research
    I have a pump-priming grant “A neural Correlate for scalar calculation” (2009-2010)



  • Upsorn Tawilapakul
    PhD student (October 2009)

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • ZAS Berlin
    Berlin, February 2010
  • New York University
    New York, November 2009
  • Manchester University
    Manchester, November 2008
  • Hebrew University
    Jerusalem, June 2008
  • Newcastle University
    Newcastle, May 2008
  • Queen Mary College
    London, January 2008

Contact details

Eytan Zweig
Department of Language and Linguistic Science

Tel: (0)1904 322663