Muffy E. A. Siegel
935 Anderson Hall
Muffy E. A. Siegel was educated at Swarthmore College, the University of St. Petersburg in Russia, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received a Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics in 1976. She taught at San Diego State University before joining the Temple faculty in 1977. Once at Temple, she helped to create, and then for ten years directed, the inter-collegial Temple Program in Linguistics. In 1998, she organized the Philadelphia Semantics Society, a regional faculty research group. Siegel has also lectured on semantics at the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College and taught a course in linguistic stylistics at Swarthmore College.
Siegel’s main research interests involve the interfaces among syntax, semantics, discourse and pragmatics. She presented the first complete formal treatment of the syntax/semantics of adjectives in her book Capturing the Adjective (Academic Press) and has continued to work on other problems of theoretical interest in journal articles on such topics as gapping, modal scope, unusual pro-forms, and discourse particles. Her article on the formal semantics of the teen slang word “like” (“Like: The Discourse Particle and Semantics,” Journal of Semantics 19.1) attracted national and international media attention in 2002. Siegel has also published articles on teaching writing, linguistic stylistics, and child acquisition of morphology, as well as some poetry, and co-edited a book on writing in different professions, Writing Talks (Boynton-Cook). Her most recent publications are on implications of semantic theory for psychiatrists (“Semantic Theory and Teen Language,” JAACAP 53.6, 2014), college students’ use of dictionaries (“What Do You Do with a Dictionary?” Dictionaries 28, 2007), apparently illocutionary conditionals (“Biscuit Conditionals,” Linguistics and Philosophy 29.2, 2006), and
the role of conversational maxims in the interpretation of courtroom evidence (“Finding Conversational Facts,” The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law 12.2, 2005). She is currently working on the semantics/pragmatics of inaccessible place adverbials such as “on some other planet.”
CV: Dr. Muffy Siegel
“Semantic Theory and Teen Language,” Journal of the American Academy
of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 53.6 (2014): 606-608.
“What Do You Do with a Dictionary? A Study of Undergraduate Dictionary Use,”
Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America 28
(2007): 23 – 47.
"Biscuit Conditionals: Quantification over Potential Literal Acts,” Linguistics and
Philosophy 29.2 (2006): 167-203.
“Finding Conversational Facts: a role for linguistics in court,” The International
Journal of Speech, Language and the Law (formerly Forensic Linguistics)
12.2 (2005): 255-278.
“Dude, Katie! Your Dress Is So Cute: Why Dude Became an Exclamation,”
Verbatim, The Language Quarterly 30.4 (2005): 15-18.
“Like: The Discourse Particle and Semantics,” Journal of Semantics 19.1