Research interests: silence - its forms and meanings; linguistic models in non-linguistic disciplines; psychoanalysis; trade-marks;Iconicity in morphology and semantics;proper names.
Michal Ephratt is a professor of linguistics at the University of Haifa Israel. Her research interests include neologisms, transparency theories and pragmatics, as well as language and life: linguistic models in the psychoanalytic theory and practice. Her major research focus is on the study of silence as means of communication.
She is the editor of Silences – Silence in Culture and in Interpersonal Relations, Tel-Aviv: Resling, 2007 [in Hebrew]; Author of When Silence speaks – Silence as a Verbal Means of Expression, Jerusalem Magness Press, 2014 [in Hebrew]. And journal papers such as "The functions of silence", Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 40(11), 2008, pp. 1909-1938; "Linguistic, paralinguistic and extralinguistic speech and silence", Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 43, 2011, pp. 2286-2307; and "We Try Harder" – Silence and Grice's Cooperative Principle, Maxims and implicatures", Language and Communication, Vol. 32, 2012, pp. 62-79; "The Minute-of-Silence as Solidarity and Individuation: A Conceptual Model of an Israeli Ritual", Journal of Ritual Studies, Vol. 29(1), 2015, pp. 1-20; "Verbal Silence as Figure: Its contribution to linguistic theory", Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics, Vol. 52(1), 2016,pp. 511-549 and "Grice's Cooperative Principle in the Psychoanalytic Setting", The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 101(6), 2014, pp. 815-845.