Dr Mihaela Popa-Wyatt

Dr Mihaela Popa-Wyatt

Department of Philosophy
Research Fellow

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • PhD Philosophy of Language (Geneva)
  • MA Linguistics (Geneva)
  • MA Linguistics (Bucharest)
  • BA Linguistics (Bucharest)


I have been a Research Fellow in the department since January 2017. Previously, I was a Beatriu de Pinós Fellow (LOGOS-Barcelona 2014-2016), and a Research Fellow on a Leverhulme Trust project on Metaphor, Metonymy, and Propositional Attitudes.


  • Political Philosophy (1st year)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Meta-ethics.


I work mainly in philosophy of language.  My interests include figures of speech such as metaphor and irony; meaning in language; semantics/pragmatics, context-sensitivity in language; expressivism; value-talk; pejorative talk; hate speech; and game theory in language.

Other activities

Personal website:


Editorial work

I am guest editor for a Special Issue of Philosophical Studies. This is now out. It’s entitled ‘GO FIGURE – Understanding Figurative Talk’.

This volume brings together peer-reviewed papers on various aspects and applications of figurative speech from: David Hills (Stanford), Liz Camp (Rutgers), Mitch Green (Conneticut), Ken Walton (Michigan/Stanford), Larry Horn (Yale), Ofra Magidor (Oxford), Stephen Barker (Nottingham), and Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (LOGOS-Barcelona).

Workshops organised


2018 Embedding irony and the semantics/pragmatics distinctionInquiry. Available online DOI 10.1080/0020174X.2018.1446048.

2018 Mind the Gap: Expressing affect with hyperbole and hyperbolic compounds. In Gargett A. & J Barnden (Ed.) Figurative Thought and Language. John Benjamins.

2017 (with Jeremy L Wyatt). Slurs, Roles and Power. Philosophical Studies. 1-28.

2017 Compound figures: priority and speech-act structure. Philosophical Studies 174(1):141-161.

2017 Go Figure: Understanding Figurative TalkPhilosophical Studies 174(1): 1-12.

2016 Not all slurs are equalPhenomenology and Mind, 11:150-156.

2015 (with Stephen J. Barker). Irony and the dogma about the force/sense distinction. Analysis 75 (1): 9-16.

2014 Pretence and Echo: Towards an Integrated Account of Verbal IronyInternational Review of Pragmatics 6(1): 127-168.

2010 Ironic metaphor interpretationToronto Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 33.

2010 Ironic metaphor: a case for metaphor’s contribution to truth-conditions. In E. Walaszewska, M Kisielewska-Krysiuk & A. Piskorska (ed.) In the Mind and Across Minds: A Relevance-theoretic Perspective on Communication and Translation, 224-245, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2009 Is semantics really psychologically real? In Larrazabal J. & Zubeldia L. (ed.) Meaning, Content and Argument. Proceedings of the ILCLI International Workshop on Semantics, Pragmatics, and Rhetoric, 497-514. University of the Basque Country Press.

2007 La déconstruction de la description. In D. Lagorgette and M. Lignereux (ed.) Littérature et linguistique: diachronie/synchronie. Autour des travaux de Michèle Perret , vol. LINX, 136-158.