Wolfram Hinzen

wolframBI was born in Cologne, Germany, and studied mainly in Freiburg i. Br. After an MA in London in 1994 I finished my PhD in Bern in 1996, with funding from the Deutsche Studienstiftung. The Swiss government then funded two postdocs (1996-99), one at the Institute of Computational Linguistics in Stuttgart (with Hans Kamp) and another at Columbia University and New York University (with Isaac Levi and Kit Fine, respectively). I obtained my first regular position as assistant professor in Regensburg, Bavaria, and moved to Amsterdam as ‘UD’ in 2003. I became a professor at Durham University in 2006, and was a Head of Department there from 2007-2010. Since 2013 I am a research professor at the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies, based in the Language Sciences department at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the neuroimaging research group of FIDMAG Germanes Hospitalàries Research Foundation, Barcelona. I founded the Grac-Lab dedicated to the comparative study of language disorders in 2013.





  1. Monographs

Hinzen, W., M. Sheehan 2013. The Philosophy of Universal Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hinzen, W. 2007. An Essay on Naming and Truth, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hinzen, W. 2006. Mind design and minimal syntax, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hinzen, W.1998. The Semantic Foundations of Anti-Realism, Berlin: Logos.


  1. Edited Work

Hinzen, W., V. Zimmerer, F. Deamer 2015. Language and thought across pathologies. Frontiers in Psychology, Section Language Sciences.

Hinzen, W. The Past and Future of Universal Grammar. 2014. Special Issue, Language Sciences.

Hinzen, W., D. Poeppel. 2011. The cognitive neuroscience of semantic processing. Special Issue, Journal of Cognitive Processes: 26,9.

Werning, M., W. Hinzen, E. Machery 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hinzen, W. 2006. Prospects for Dualism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Special Issue, Erkenntnis:65.

Hinzen, W. 2002. Belief & Meaning – Essays at the Interface (with H. Rott): Frankfurt.

Hinzen, W., H. Kamp, G. Grewendorf, H. Weiss: Series editor: LINGUISTICS & PHILOSOPHY (ontos/de Gruyter).


  1. Articles

Hinzen, W. 2018. On the rationality of grammar. In Language, Syntax and the Natural Sciences, eds. Á. Gallego and R. Martin, Cambridge University Press, pp. 164-181.

Durrleman, S., W. Hinzen, J. Franck 2017. False belief in relative clauses in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Journal of Communications Disorders 74, 35-44. [PDF]

Hinzen, W. 2017. Reference across pathologies: a new linguistic lens on disorders of thought. Target article with peer commentary. Theoretical Linguistics 43,3-4, [PDF]

Hinzen, W. 2016. On the grammar of referential dependence. Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, in press.  [PDF]

Hinzen, W. 2016. Linguistic evidence against predicativism. Philosophy Compass 1–18, 10.1111/phc3.12348. [PDF]

Rossello, J., O. Mattos, Hinzen W. 2016. Towards true integration [commentary], Behavioral & Brain Sciences, in press.

Hinzen, W. 2016. Is our mental grammar just a set of constructions? Language 92:1, 203-207 [PDF]

Hinzen, W., J. Rossello, P. McKenna 2016. Can delusions be understood linguistically? Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, [PDF]

Hinzen, W. 2016. Philosophie der Sprachwissenschaften [Philosophy of linguistics], in T. Reydon and S. Lohse (eds.), Philosophie der Wissenschaften, in press.

Hinzen, W. 2016. Universal Grammar and Philosophy of Mind. Invited for I. Roberts (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar, Oxford University Press, in press.

Reichard, U., Hinzen, W. 2016. Are verbs names of events? A review of the evidence. In Piotr Stalmaszczyk (ed.), Philosophical and Linguistic Analyses of Reference (Studies in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, vol. 2). Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp.43-65.

Hinzen, W., J. Rossello 2015. The linguistics of schizophrenia: thought disturbance as language pathology across positive symptoms. Front. Psychol. 6:971. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00971.

Hinzen, W. 2015. Nothing is hidden: Contextualism and the syntax-semantics interface. Mind & Language vol. 30:3, pp. 259–291.[PDF]

Mattos, O., W. Hinzen 2015. The linguistic roots of natural  pedagogy, Front.Psychol.6:1424. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01424.

Hinzen, W. 2015. Review of The Inessential Indexical: On the Philosophical Insignificance of Perspective and the First Person, by Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever.Mind doi: 10.1093/mind/fzv045

Hinzen, W., K. Schroeder 2015. Is ‘the first person’ a linguistic concept essentially? Journal of Consciousness Studies[PDF]

Hinzen, W., J. Rossello, O. Mattos, K. Schroeder, E. Vila 2015. The image of mind in the language of children with autism. Frontiers in Psychology (Language Sciences) 6:841. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00841.

Hinzen, W. 2014. What is un-Cartesian linguistics?, Biolinguistics 8, pp. 226-257.

Hinzen, W. 2014. The future of universal grammar research (editorial), Language Sciences 46, 97–99.

Martin, T., W. Hinzen 2014. The grammar of the essential indexical. Lingua 148, 95-117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2014.05.016.

Hinzen, W. 2014. The rationality of Case. Language Sciences 46(B), 133-151: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2014.03.003.

Hinzen, W., M. Sheehan, U. Reichard 2014. Intensionality, grammar, and the sententialist hypothesis. In Minimalism and beyond. Radicalizing the interfaces, edited by Peter Kosta, Steven Franks, Teodora Radeva-Bork and Lilia Schuerks. John Benjamins, 315-349. 

Hinzen, W. 2014. Recursion and Truth. In Recursion, eds. P. Speas, T. Roeper, Recursion: Complexity in cognition. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, New York: Springer, pp. 113-138.

Hinzen, W. 2013. Narrow syntax and the Language of Thought. Philosophical Psychology 26,1: 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2011.627537.

Hinzen, W. 2013. Naturalizing pluralism about truth. In Truth and pluralism, eds. Wright, C. & Pedersen, N. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 213-237.

Kirkby, D., Hinzen, W., J. Mikhail 2013. Your theory of the evolution of morality depends upon your theory of morality. With  Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36(1), pp.94-5.

Hinzen, W. 2012. The emergence of complex language. In D. MacFarland, K. Stenning and Maggie Chalmers McGonigle (ed.). The complex mind – An interdisciplinary approach. Palgrave, pp.243-263.

Arsenijevic, B., W. Hinzen 2012. On the absence of X-within-X recursion in human grammar. Linguistic Inquiry 2012: 43(3), 43(3): 423-440. doi:10.1162/LING_a_00095.

Hinzen, W. 2012. The philosophical significance of Universal Grammar. Language Sciences 34:5, 2012, 635-649. doi:10.1016/j.langsci.2012.03.005

Hinzen, W. 2012. Human nature and grammar. Philosophy (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 70) 70 (April), 53-82. doi:10.1017/S1358246112000045.

Hinzen, W. 2012. Minimalism. In Handbook of Philosophy of Linguistics, eds. Kempson, R., Fernando, T. & Asher, N. Elsevier, 2012, 93-141.

Hinzen, W. 2012. Syntax in the atom. In The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality, eds. M. Werning, W. Hinzen & E. Machery. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012: 351-370.

Hinzen, W. 2012. Semantics and Phases. In Phases: Developing the Framework, eds. A. Gallego. Mouton de Gruyter, 309-342.

Hinzen, W., D. Poeppel. 2012. Semantics between cognitive neuroscience and linguistic theory (editor’s introduction). Journal and Cognitive Processes, 26(9): 1297-1316. doi:10.1080/01690965.2011.568226

Hinzen, W. 2011. Emergence of a systemic semantics through minimal and underspecified codes. In Biolinguistic Explorations, eds. di Sciullo, A.M. & Boeckx, C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 417-439.

Hinzen, W. 2011. Language and thought. In The Oxford Handbook of Minimalism, eds. Boeckx, C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 499-522.

M. Sheehan., Hinzen, W. 2011. Moving towards the edge. Linguistic Analysis3, 3-4: 405-458. DOI:10.1023/A:1009780124314.

Hinzen, W., D. Kirkby, U. Reichard 2010. Review of Mukherji, The Primacy of GrammarNotre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 10.04.2010.

Hinzen, W. 2010. Constructive Versus Ontological Construals of Cantorian Ordinals. History and Philosophy of Logic, 23: 1-20.

Hinzen, W. 2009. Hierarchy, Merge, and Truth. In Of minds and language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country, eds. Piattelli-Palmarini, M., Uriagereka, J. & Salaburu, P. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 123-141.

Hinzen, W. 2008. Context and Logical Form. In Perspectives on Context, eds. Bouquet, P. & Serafini, L. Stanford: CSLI Publications, pp.141-168.

Hinzen, W. 2008. Succ+Lex=Language?. In InterPhases: Phase-Theoretic Investigations of Linguistic Interfaces, ed. Grohmann, K. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008:25-47.

Hinzen, W. 2008. Prospects for an explanatory theory of semantics’ Biolinguistics 2(4), pp. 348-363.

Hinzen, W. 2006. Dualism and the Atoms of Thought. Journal of Consciousness Studies13(9): pp. 25-55.

Hinzen, W. 2006. Internalism about Truth. Mind and Society 5,2: 139-166.

Hinzen, W., J. Uriagereka 2006. On the Metaphysics of Linguistics. Erkenntnis 65,1: pp.71-96.

Hinzen, W. 2006. Spencerism and the Causal Theory of Reference. Biology & Philosophy, 21,1: 71-94.

Hinzen, W. 2006. The Mind we do not Change. In Knowledge and Inquiry. Olsson, E. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Hinzen, W. 2005. Truth, assertion, and the sentence. In Truth and speech acts, eds. Greimann, D. & Siegwart, G. Routledge. 130-156.

Hinzen, W. 2005. Synthetische Urteile a Priori in Wittgenstein [Synthetic a priori judgements in Wittgenstein].Zeitschrift fur Philosophische Forschung 58(1): 1-28.

Hinzen, W. 2003. Truth’s Fabric. Mind & Language: 18,2: 194-219.

Hinzen, W. 2003. Real Dynamics. In The Dynamic Turn. Peregrin, J. Elsevier.

Hinzen, W. 2001. On the Semantics of Belief-Sentences. Epistemologia XXIV: 31-42.

Hinzen, W. 2001. The Pragmatics of Inferential Content. Synthese 2001, 128(1-2): 157-181.

Hinzen, W. 2001. Ueber einige Empirische Annahmen der Bedeutungstheorie [On Some Empirical Assumptions of the Theory of Meaning]. Philosophia Naturalis 38(2): 147-178.

Hinzen, W. 2001. Anti-Realist Semantics. Erkenntnis 52(3): 281-311.

Hinzen, W. 2000. Skopus und Grenzen von Modalitat de re’ [Scope and Limits of Modality de re]. Metaphysica 1: 93-117.

Hinzen, W. 1998. Was ist ein ‘Epistemischer Wahrheitsbegriff? (What is an Epistemic Conception of Truth?), II. Logos 98, 5(3): 284-301.

Hinzen, W. 1997. Was ist ein ‘Epistemischer Wahrheitbegriff? (What is an Epistemic Conception of Truth?), I’Logos 4(2): 137-155.

  1. Others

Franca, A. I., Maia, M.. EntreviSta: Wolfram Hinzen. Revista LinguíStica / Revista do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Linguística da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Volume 11, número 1, junho de 2015, p. 20-27. ISSN 1808-835X 1. [http://www.letras.ufrj.br/poslinguistica/revistalinguistica] DOI: 10.17074/2238-975X.2015v11n1p20)

Vila, E.; Schroeder, K.; Rosselló, J.; Hinzen, W. La importancia del lenguaje en el trastorno del espectro autista. Revista de psicopatología y salud mental del niño y del adolescente. Fundació Orienta.

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