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Department of Philosophy


Dr Felicity Deamer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Hearing the Voice) in the Department of Philosophy

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BA Linguistics 2007, University College London

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition 2009, University College London

PhD Linguistics 2013, University College London

Teaching fellow in Linguistics 2013/2014, University College London

Felicity is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow on 'Hearing the Voice', an interdisciplinary research project on auditory verbal hallucinations (or voice-hearing) funded by the Wellcome Trust. She is based within the philosophy department.

To date, her research has been concerned with the context-dependent aspects of linguistic communication, and is both theoretical and experimental. During her PhD, her interests lay primarily with truth-conditional pragmatics, with a particular focus on figurative language comprehension. More recently, her research has focused on how insights from pragmatics, and linguistics more generally, might shed light on the symptoms associated with psychosis, and is positioned at the intersection between psycholinguistics, pragmatics, and philosophy of psychology and psychiatry.

Research Interests

  • Delusions in Psychosis
  • Figurative Language
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Pragmatics
  • Psychopathology
  • Voice Hearing

Teaching Areas

  • Language and Mind


Authored book

  • (Forthcoming). Figurative Language: Developing a non-literal understanding. Bloomsbury Press.

Edited Journal

  • Hinzen, W., Zimmerer, V. & Deamer, F. (2015). Language and Thought Across Pathologies. Frontiers in Psychology.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article