dhr. prof. dr. ing. R.A.M. (Robert) van Rooij

  • Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
  • Bezoekadres
    Science Park 107
    Science Park 105  Kamernummer: F1.03
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  94242
    1090 GE  Amsterdam
  • R.A.M.vanRooij@uva.nl


I am professor of Logic and Cognition (with special attention to the analysis of language) at the ILLC (Faculty of Science,  the University of Amsterdam). I work on the formal semantics (comparatives, generics) and pragmatics (e.g. conversational implicatures) of natural language, philosophy of language,  philosophical logic (e.g. vagueness, truth, conditionals) and cognition (causality, categorisation, decision making, persuasion). In my research I mainly use logic and decision and (evolutionary) game theory as formal tools.


Currently I am involved in two research consortia: the `Language and Interaction'-project, sponsored by the dutch NWO, and the ESSENCE-project, sponsored by the European Science foundation.


From 2005 until 2010 I worked on my NWO funded VIDI research project in Amsterdam called `The Economics of Language. Language Use and the Evolution of Linguistic Convention'. Before that, I was a KNAW-fellow working on the project `Games, Relevance, and Meaning'. I did my PhD in Stuttgart (1997). Until 2012, I supervised two projects on vagueness and comparatives, funded by NWO and the European Science Foundation (ESF), and until 2015 another ESF project  on communication and context.


My cv and some recent representative papers

Older papers


Interview on vagueness

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  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (in press). A fine-grained global analysis of implicatures. In S. Pistoia-Reda, & F. Domaneschi (Eds.), Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Implicatures and presuppositions. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M., Cobreros, P., Egre, P., & Ripley, D. (submitted). Tolerant Reasoning: Nontransitive or Nonmotonic? Synthese.
  • van Rooij, R. (2017). Nonmonotonicity and Knowability: As Knowable as Possible. In C. Başkent, L. S. Moss, & R. Ramanujam (Eds.), Rohit Parikh on Logic, Language and Society (pp. 53-65). (Outstanding Contributions to Logic; Vol. 11). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47843-2_3  [details] 
  • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2017). Topic, focus, and exhaustive interpretation. In C. Lee, F. Kiefer, & M. Krifka (Eds.), Contrastiveness in Information Structure, Alternatives and Scalar Implicatures (pp. 63-82). (Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory; Vol. 91). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-10106-4_4  [details] 


  • van Rooij, R. A. M., Cobreros, P., Egre, P., & Ripley, D. (2016). Comparing some Substructural Strategies Dealing with Vagueness. In Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty in Knowledge Based Systems. (Vol. IPMU 2016)
  • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2016). Analysing communicative diversity via the Stag Hunt. In Diversity @ ECAI 2016: International Workshop on Diversity-Aware Artificial Intelligence : The Hague, Netherlands, 29th August 2016 : workshop proceedings (pp. 50-52). The Hague: ECAI. [details] 


  • Franke, M., & van Rooij, R. (2015). Strategies of Persuasion, Manipulation and Propaganda: Psychological and Social Aspects. In J. van Benthem, S. Ghosh, & R. Verbrugge (Eds.), Models of Strategic Reasoning: Logics, Games and Communities (pp. 255-291). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 8972), (FoLLI Publications on Logic, Language and Information). Berlin: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-48540-8_8  [details] 
  • Cobreros, P., Egré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2015). Pragmatic interpretation of vague expressions: strongest meaning and nonmonotonic consequence. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 44(4), 375-393. DOI: 10.1007/s10992-014-9325-7  [details] 
  • Cobreros, P., Egré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2015). Vagueness, truth and permissive consequence. In D. Achourioti, H. Galinon, J. Martínez Fernández, & K. Fujimoto (Eds.), Unifying the philosophy of truth (pp. 409-430). (Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science; Vol. 36). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9673-6_21  [details] 


  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2014). Reference and denotation. In V. Hendricks, & S. O. Hansson (Eds.), Handbook of Formal Philosophy
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2014). Tolerant identity. In D. Gutzmann, J. Koeplleling, & C. Meier (Eds.), Approaches to Meaning: Composition, Values, and Interpretation (pp. 187-202). Leiden: Brill.
  • van Rooij, R. (2014). Knowledge attributions in context of decision problems. In F. Lihoreau, & M. Rebuschi (Eds.), Epistemology, Context, and Formalism (pp. 109-125). (Synthese Library; Vol. 369). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02943-6_7  [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2014). Leibnizian intensional semantics for syllogistic reasoning. In R. Ciuni, H. Wansing, & C. Willkommen (Eds.), Recent Trends in Philosophical Logic (pp. 179-194). (Trends in logic; Vol. 41). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06080-4_13  [details] 
  • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2014). A question of priority. In E. McCready, K. Yabushita, & K. Yoshimoto (Eds.), Formal approaches to semantics and pragmatics: Japanese and beyond (pp. 273-293). (Studies in linguistics and philosophy; No. 95). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-8813-7_13  [details] 
  • Cobreros, P., Egré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2014). Priests' Moteobike and Tolerant Identity. In R. Ciuni, H. Wansing, & C. Willkommen (Eds.), Recent Trends in Philosophical Logic (pp. 75-83). (Trends in logic; Vol. 41). Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06080-4_6  [details] 
  • De Jaegher, K., & van Rooij, R. (2014). Game-theoretic pragmatics under conflicting and common interests. Erkenntnis, 79(Suppl. 4), 769-820. DOI: 10.1007/s10670-013-9465-0  [details] 


  • van Rooij, R. A. M., & Jaegher, K. (2013). Argumentation with bounded rational agents. In F. Zenker (Ed.), Bayesian Argumentation Theory. (pp. 147-164). Springer.
  • Cobreros, P., Egre, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2013). Reaching transparant truth. Mind, 122, 841-866. DOI: 10.1093/mind/fzt110 
  • Cobreros, P., Egré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2013). Identity, Leibniz's Law and Non-transitive Reasoning. Metaphysica, 14(2), 253-264. DOI: 10.1007/s12133-013-0125-2  [details] 


  • Franke, M., de Jager, T., & van Rooij, R. (2012). Relevance in cooperation and conflict. Journal of Logic and Computation, 22(1), 23-54. DOI: 10.1093/logcom/exp070  [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2012). Meaning and Use. In Kempson, Fernando, Asher (Ed.), Handbook of Philosophy of Linguistics. (pp. 197-228). Elsevier.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2012). The propositional and relational syllogistics. Logique et Analyse, 55(217), 85-108.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M., & de Jager, T. (2012). Explaining quantity implicatures. Journal of Logic, Language and Information, 21, 461-477.
  • van Rooij, R., & Franke, M. (2012). Promises and Threats with Conditionals and Disjunctions. In G. Grewendorf, & T. E. Zimmermann (Eds.), Discourse and grammar: from sentence types to lexical categories (pp. 69-88). (Studies in generative grammar; No. 112). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. DOI: 10.1515/9781614511601.69  [details] 
  • Cobreros, P., Egre, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2012). Supervaluationism and mixed consequence. Studia Logica, 100, 853-875.
  • Cobreros, P., Egre, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2012). Tolerant, classical, strict. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 41, 347-385. DOI: 10.1007/s10992-010-9165-z 


  • Franke, M., Jaeger, G., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2011). Vagueness, Signaling and Bounded Rationality. In E. McReady (Ed.), Proceedings of LENLS 2010. (LNCS). Springer.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2011). Semi-orders and satisficing behavior. Synthese, 179, 1-12.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2011). Vagueness in linguistics. In Ronzitti (Ed.), Vagueness: A Guide. Berlin: Springer.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2011). Vagueness, tolerance and non-transitive entailment. In Reasoning under Vagueness. Berlin: Springer.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M., & Jaegher, K. (2011). Strategic Vagueness and Appropriate contexts. In Benz (Ed.), Meaning and Games. Springer.
  • van Rooij, R. (2011). Implicit versus explicit comparatives. In P. Égré, & N. Klinedinst (Eds.), Vagueness and language use. (pp. 51-72). (Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language and cognition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9780230299313_3 
  • van Rooij, R. (2011). Measurement and interadjective comparisons. Journal of Semantics, 28(3), 335-358. DOI: 10.1093/jos/ffq018  [details] 


  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2010). Games and Pragmatics. In Angel (Ed.), IWCog-10.
  • van Rooij, R. (2010). Conjunctive interpretation of disjunction. Semantics and Pragmatics, 3(11), 1-28. DOI: 10.3765/sp.3.11  [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2010). Presupposition: an (un)common attitude. Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface, 21, 1-28. [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2010). The predicability tree: how, and why? In The evolution of language: proceedings of the 8th International Conference (EVOLANG8), Utrecht, Netherlands, 14-17 April 2010 (pp. 329-335). Singapore: World Scientific. DOI: 10.1142/9789814295222_0042 
  • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2010). Non-monotonic reasoning in interpretation. In J. van Benthem, & A. ter Meulen (Eds.), Handbook of Logic and Language (Elsevier Insights). Amsterdam: Elsevier. [details] 


  • van Rooij, R. (2009). Comparing questions and answers: a bit of logic, a bit of language, and some bits of information. In G. Sommaruga (Ed.), Formal theories of information: From Shannon to semantic information theory and general concepts of information (pp. 161-192). (Lecture notes in computer science; No. 5363). Berlin: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-00659-3_7  [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2009). Extending syllogistic reasoning. In Seventeenth Amsterdam Colloquium, December 16-18, 2009: pre-proceedings (pp. 107-116). Amsterdam: ILLC, University of Amsterdam. [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2009). Vagueness and semi-orders. In Predication and truth: Proceedings of the Vth Navarra Workshop on Vagueness: University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 12-13 June 2009 [details] 


  • van Rooij, R. (2008). Comparatives and quantifiers. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics, 7, 423-444. [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2008). Evolutionary motivations for semantic universals. In R. Eckardt, G. Jäger, & T. Veenstra (Eds.), Variation, selection, development: Probing the evolutionary model of language change (pp. 103-142). (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs; No. 197). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2008). Games and Quantity implicatures. Journal of Economic Methodology, 15(3), 261-274. DOI: 10.1080/13501780802321376  [details] 
  • van Rooij, R. (2008). Towards a uniform analysis of 'any'. Natural Language Semantics, 16(4), 297-315. DOI: 10.1007/s11050-008-9035-1  [details] 


  • Aloni, M., Beaver, D., Clark, B., & van Rooij, R. (2007). The dynamics of topic and focus. In M. Aloni, A. Butler, & P. Dekker (Eds.), Questions in dynamic semantics. (pp. 123-145). (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 17). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • van Rooij, R., & Schulz, K. (2007). Only: meaning and implicature. In M. Aloni, A. Butler, & P. Dekker (Eds.), Questions in dynamic semantics. (pp. 193-224). (Current research in the semantics/pragmatics interface; No. 17). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Benz, A., & van Rooij, R. (2007). Optimal assertions, and what they implicate: A uniform game theoretic approach. Topoi, 26(1), 63-78. DOI: 10.1007/s11245-006-9007-3  [details] 


  • Schulz, K., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Pragmatic Meaning and Non-monotonic Reasoning: The Case of Exhaustive Interpretation. Linguistics and Philosophy, 29, 205-250. DOI: 10.1007/s10988-005-3760-4 
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Attitudes and Changing Contexts. Berlin: Springer.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Evolutionary games and semantic universals. In A. Cangelosi, A. Smith, & K. Smith (Eds.), The Evolution of Language. (pp. 356-363). New Jersey: World Scientific.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Free choice counterfactual donkeys. Journal of Semantics, 23, 383-402.
  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Pragmatic value and complex sentences. Mind and Matter, 4(2).
  • van Rooij, R. A. M., & Sevenster, M. (2006). Different Faces of Risky Speech. In A. Benz, G. Jaeger, & R. A. M. van Rooij (Eds.), Game Theory and Pragmatics. (pp. 155-178). (Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. [details] 
  • Benz, A., Jaeger, G., & van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). An introduction to Game Theory for Linguistics. In A. Benz, G. Jaeger, & R. A. M. van Rooij (Eds.), Game Theory and Pragmatics. (pp. 1-82). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Cobreros, P., Égré, P., Ripley, D., & van Rooij, R. (2014). Foreword: Three-Valued Logics and their Applications. Journal of Applied Non-Classical Logics, 24(1-2), 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/11663081.2014.909631 


  • van Rooij, R. A. M., Sauerland, U., Nouwen, J. L., & Schmitz, A. (2011). Vagueness in Communication. Berlin: Springer.


  • van Rooij, R. (2009). [Review of: J. Almog, P. Leonardi (2009) The philosophy of David Kaplan]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2009(09.34). [details] 



  • van Rooij, R. A. M. (2006). Game Theoretic and Optimality Theoretic Approaches to Implicatures and Optimality. In entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (pp. 205-250)


  • Brochhagen, T. S., van Rooij, R. A. M., & Franke, M. (2016). Learning biases may prevent lexicalization of pragmatic inferences: a case study combining iterated (Bayesian) learning and functional selection. 2081. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016), .


  • van Rooij, R. A. M., Nouwen, R., Sauerland, U., & Schmitz, B. A. (2011). Vagueness in Communication: International Workshop, ViC 2009, held as part of ESSLLI 2009, Bordeaux, France, July 20-24, 2009. Revised Selected Papers. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; No. 6517). Berlin: Springer.
  • Apt, K. R., & van Rooij, R. (2008). New Perspectives on Games and Interaction. (Texts in logic and games; Vol. 4). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details] 
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