Dr Catherine Davies

Dr Catherine Davies

Associate Professor in Psycholinguistics

+44 (0)113 343 7627

Summary: First language acquisition; developmental pragmatics; experimental pragmatics; psycholinguistics

Location: B.25, Michael Sadler Building


I did my BA in Linguistics and Phonetics at the University of Leeds in 1999, then an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge (thesis title: Over-informativeness in Referential Communication, 2011). After a short postdoc with the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, I came back to Leeds as a lecturer in 2012.

I manage the Leeds Child Development Unit, our lab facility for studying language acquisition.


I teach two undergraduate modules; Language Processing and Experimental Pragmatics and convene the Dissertation module. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the areas of language acquisition and psycholinguistics.

Postgraduate research supervision

I will consider quality applications that relate to psycholinguistic processing in general, and pragmatic processing (e.g. reference, implicature) in particular. I would be interested in projects in first language acquisition which take a constructivist approach, particularly around the development of reference and pragmatics.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these in more detail. Please note I do not supervise projects in L2 pragmatics.

Administrative responsibilities

- Undergraduate admissions tutor for Linguistics & Phonetics

- Research Experience Scheme coordinator

- Web editor for Linguistics & Phonetics

Contact details

B25, Linguistics & Phonetics, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.