Ash Asudeh

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Arshia Asudeh, known as Ash Asudeh, is a Canadian linguist specialising in semantics, syntax and cognitive science, and based at Carleton University and the University of Rochester; in 2016, the latter awarded him the title of Professor of Semantics.


Ash Asudeh graduated from Carleton University with a bachelor of arts degree in cognitive science in 1996, before completing a two-year MPhil at the University of Edinburgh with a thesis entitled Anaphora and argument structure: topics in the syntax and semantics of reflexives and reciprocals. Between 1998 and 2004, he completed a PhD at the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University, successfully defending a thesis on Resumption as resource management. For the following academic year, he lectured at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch; he was an assistant professor (2006–10) and then associate professor (since 2010) at Carleton University. In 2011, he took up a post as lecturer at the University of Oxford's Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, and joined Jesus College, Oxford, as a fellow.[1][2] In 2016, the University of Oxford awarded him the title of Professor of Semantics.[3]


Asudeh's research focuses on semantics, pragmatics, syntax, cognitive science, computational linguistics, language and logic. His published works include:[4]

  • Joan Bresnan, Ash Asudeh, Ida Toivonen, and Stephen Wechsler, Lexical-Functional Syntax, 2nd ed. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).
  • Ash Asudeh and Ida Toivonen, "With Lexical Integrity", Theoretical Linguistics, vol. 40, issues 1–2 (2014), pp. 175–186.
  • Ash Asudeh, Mary Dalrymple and Ida Toivonen, "Constructions with Lexical Integrity", Journal of Language Modelling, vol. 1, issue 1 (2013), pp. 1–54.
  • Ash Asudeh and Ida Toivonen, "Copy raising and perception", Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, vol. 30, issue 2 (2012), pp. 321–380.
  • Ash Asudeh, The Logic of Pronominal Resumption (Oxford University Press, 2012).


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae: Arshia (Ash) Asudeh" (13 July 2016), pp. 1–2. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Professor Ash Asudeh", Jesus College, Oxford. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Recognition of Distinction: Successful Applicants 2016", The University of Oxford Gazette, no. 5143, vol. 147, 29 September 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Professor Ash Asudeh", Brasenose College, Oxford. Retrieved 22 January 2017.