David A. NICOLAS
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CNRS researcher at Institut Jean Nicod (since 2001)
• Affiliation: Institut Jean Nicod, Département d'études cognitives, ENS, EHESS, PSL Research University, CNRS, Paris, France
• Address: Institut Jean Nicod - École Normale Supérieure - 29, rue d'Ulm - 75005 Paris - France
• Email: dnicolas AT gmx DOT net - pgp key: 0x2baaed987aecc9b6

Head of the program New Ideas in Linguistics at École Normale Supérieure (since 2014)
Head of the research team Semantics, data and models at Institut Jean Nicod from 2015-01 to 2018-08

Invited researcher at the University of Birmingham from February to April 2017
Visiting researcher at MIT from September to December 2014

Scientific projects (organization and participation)
• 2017: University of Birmingham (IAS): project Plurals and mereology of Salvatore Florio & David Nicolas.
• 2010-2015: participation to IUF project Determiners and Inferences of Francis Corblin.
• 2008-2011: participation to ANR project Genericity, Interpretation and Uses of Alda Mari.
• 2008-2011: participation to ANR project Cognitive Origins of Vagueness of Paul Egré.
• 2002-2010: organization and participation to research group Sémantique & Modélisation (GDR 2521) of Francis Corblin.
• 2005-2006: research seminar on properties, semantics and ontology (with Alda Mari).
• 2004-2005: research seminar on the semantics of gradable expressions.
• 1999-2001: participation to Cognitique project The format of spatial representations of Roberto Casati & Jérôme Dokic.
• 1994-1997: participation to NSERCC project Category-theoretic study of cognition of Brendan Gillon, John Macnamara, Mikkai Makkai & Gonzalo Reyes.

Conferences and summer schools (organization)
• 2016-09: conference New Ideas in Semantics and Modeling 2016 (with Claire Beyssade & Alda Mari), Paris, France.
• 2009-09: conference Absolute Generality (with Øystein Linnebo), Paris, France.
• 2009-09: International Conference on Tense, Aspect and Modality - Chronos 2009 (with Bridget Copley, Patrick Caudal, Chris Kennedy, Brenda Laca & Gerhard Schaden), Paris, France.
• 2009-05: conference Genericity (with Claire Beyssade & Alda Mari), Paris, France.
• 2007-10: conference Semantics Beyond Set Theory (with Alda Mari), Paris, France.
• 2007-06: conference New Advances on Plurality (with Alda Mari), Paris, France.
• 2006-03: conference Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2006 (with Christian Rétoré), Bordeaux, France.
• 2005-03: conference Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2005 (with Lucia Tovena), Paris, France.
• 2004-06: summer school on Reference to Objects (with Roberto Casati), Oléron, France.

Teaching
• Since 2016: master's course in natural language semantics (with Patrick Caudal & Alda Mari), EHESS, Paris, France.
• 2017-07: speaking of things and stuff (with Salvatore Florio), ESSLLI 2017, Toulouse, France.
• 2009-2015: master's course in natural language semantics (with Patrick Caudal & Alda Mari), Paris 4 University, France.
• 2008-04: course on the semantics of plurals and mass nouns, during the Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2008, Toulouse, France.
• 2006-03: course on the semantics of plurals during the Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation 2006, Bordeaux, France.
• 2000-2001: introduction to the morphology and the history of English, and introduction to the study of language, Department of Linguistics, University of California at Los Angeles, USA.
• 1999-2000: introductory courses to phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, University of Valenciennes, France.
• 1994-1997: teaching assistant for the courses History of psychology, Modern psychological theories, Psychology of perception and Psychology of deafness, Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Diplomas
• 2015: Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in Cognitive Science from École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. Jury: Francis Corblin (Linguistics, Paris 4, IJN), Jenny Doetjes (Linguistics, Leiden), Brendan Gillon (Linguistics, McGill), Brenda Laca (Linguistics, Paris 8) & Agustin Rayo (Philosophy, MIT).
• 1999: Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France. Jury: Pierre Cadiot (Linguistics, Paris 8), Daniel Andler (thesis director, Philosophy, Paris 3), Richard Carter (Linguistics, Paris 8 ), Brendan Gillon (Linguistics, McGill) & Georges Kleiber (Linguistics, Strasbourg 2). I have done part of my thesis in co-tutelle between the École Polytechnique in France and McGill in Canada (accomplishing the first three years of the Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at McGill), and I have collaborated with John Macnamara, Brendan Gillon, Albert Bregman & Yuriko Oshima-Takane in McGill, Keith Niall in the DCIEM (Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine) and Gonzalo Reyes in University of Montreal.
• 1994: Master's in Cognitive Science from École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.
• 1993: Diploma of Engineer from École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.
• 1988: Baccalauréat scientifique, Paris, France.

Training periods
• 2017-07: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Toulouse, France.
• 2011-06: Meaning, Context, and Implicit Content (CNRS, European Science Fondation), Cerisy, France.
• 2009-07: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Bordeaux, France.
• 2005-09: summer school Esprit, Science, Métaphysique (CNRS, European Science Fondation), Ramatuelle, France.
• 2002-08: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Trento, Italy.
• 2000-08: European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information, Birmingham, England.
• 1993 (April-June): scientific practicum in Cognitive Psychology, McGill, Montreal, Canada.
• 1991-09: organizing activities for elderly people in the German Canadian Care Home, Vancouver, Canada.

Languages
• French: maternal tongue.
• English: fluently read, spoken and written.
• Chinese, German, Latin: intermediate proficiency.
• Korean: elementary proficiency.
• French sign language (LSF): beginner.

Personal interests
• Association Les Amis de Tous (providing help notably in Egypt).
• Cinema, music, photography.
• Game of baduk / (i)go / weichi.
• Hiking, tennis.
• Old bikes.

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