Leïla Bussière-Caraes

PhD Candidate

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

University of Amsterdam


Visiting address: UvA, ILLC, F1.13

Snail Mail: P.O. Box 94242, 1090 GE, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Fast Mail: bussiere [at] sequitur [dot] eu

About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in Philosophy and Semantics at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation in Amsterdam. I currently work on the speech act of rejection and its relations with the emergence of negation in natural language in Luca Incurvati's ERC Starting Grant project EXPRESS:From the Expression of Disagreement to New Foundations for Expressivist Semantics.

Broadly constructed, my research interests include Philosophy of Language, Formal Pragmatics, Logic and History of Philosophy.

I completed my Master's Degree in History of Philosophy in 2017 at Paris IV Sorbonne, with a thesis on the Theory of Conditionals Propositions in Domingo de Soto's Summulæ (1554) under the supervision of Jacob Schmutz. I also studied at ENS Ulm from 2015 to 2017, with a focus on Contemporary Philosophy, Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics at Institut Jean Nicod.

If I'm not at the office, you can usually find me climbing or cooking (but not at the same time).



I'm working on characterizing the contribution of the adversative marker `but' in discourse as a contrast between an assertion and a rejection of a salient proposal in the common ground.


I presented my work on `Theories of Rejection' at the OZSW Conference in Amsterdam.



  • Master Thesis: "La théorie de la proposition conditionnelle dans les Summulae de Domingo de Soto" (in French) Translation and Commentary of Summulae III.8 (1554)