Ana Werkmann Horvat

DPhil Student
A photograph of Ana Werkmann Horvat


My research interests are in semantics, pragmatics and psycholinguistics, and my thesis research is on modality.

I am especially interested in the relationship between different modal elements, such as the relationship between conditional mood and modal verbs, and double modal constructions. I mainly work on Croatian, but I am also interested in cross-linguistic phenomena.

Apart from the semantic and pragmatic aspects of modal elements, I am also interested in the way we process and acquire modal structures. I am currently developing a learnability study that explores possible universal semantic restrictions on acquiring double modal structures. Also, I am involved in a side project on indexicals that explores how English kids acquire indexical pronouns.



Recent publications:

Werkmann-Horvat, A., Gagliardi, A., and Husband, E.M. (2015) Indexicals in Shifty Contexts: Problems for Language Acquisition. Proceedings of the 40th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Recent presentations:

Werkmann Horvat, A. (2017). Modal force and flavour as semantic restrictors of possible double modal combinations in Croatian. Conference: 39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (Workshop: "Towards an ontology of modal flavours") in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Werkmann Horvat, A. (2016). On Deontic Modality and Authority in Croatian: A Judge Parameter Analysis. Talk given at 12th International Conference on Actionality, Tense, Aspect, Modality/ Evidentiality, Université Caen Normandie, Caen.

Werkmann-Horvat, A., On Modal Strength in Croation: A Judge Parameter Analysis. Presented at the FDSL 11 in Potsdam, Germany, December 2015.

Werkmann-Horvat, A., Gagliardi, A., and Husband, E.M. (2015) Indexicals in shifty contexts: Problems for language acquisition. Talk given at the 40th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.