My work is about meaning and grammar, in relation to the human faculty for language.
Words often describe relations. When and how do the relations a word implies matter to the grammatical structure it occupies, or to the thoughts we express in using it? I pursue this question through semantic and syntactic analysis of argument relations, explicit and putatively implicit, as well as through studies of their acquisition by infants, and online comprehension by adults. The idea that some such relations are implicit relates to a guiding interest in the division between semantics and pragmatics.
Semantics - verbs, events, thematic relations, implicit arguments, pragmatics, epistemic modals
Philosophy - events, the semantics-pragmatics division, philosophy of linguistics
Syntax - argument structure, complex predicates, syntactic theories
Psycholinguistics - acquisition and processing of argument relations and anaphora
Languages - Sinitic, Turkic, Tibeto-Burman, Igbo
Undergraduate courses - Philosophy of language, special courses (e.g., language and metaphysics, innate ideas, not meaning what you say)
Graduate courses - Semantics 1, Pragmatics, various seminars (e.g., implicit meaning, argument structure, syntactic theories, meaning in psycholinguistics, meaning and distribution)
Advisees and students - Malhaar Shah, Jéssica Mendes, Michael McCourt, Tyler Knowlton, Anouk Dieuleveut, Laurel Perkins, Quinn Harr, Rachel Dudley, Jeff Green, Angela He, Alexis Wellwood, Michaël Gagnon, Tim Hunter, Scott Fults
Dissertation committees I have served on - Mina Hirzel (2022), Hanna Muller (2022), Yu'an Yang (2022), Yichi Raven Zhang (2022), Anouk Dieuleveut (2021), Casey Enos (2021), Tyler Knowlton (2021), Paulina Lyskawa (2021), Sigwan Thivierge (2021), Casey Enos, Annemarie van Dooren (2020), Chia-Hsuan Liao (2020), Laurel Perkins (2019), Rachel Dudley (2017), Zoe Schlueter (2017), Juliana Gerard (2016), Angela Xiaoxue He (2015), Andrew Knoll (2015), Kaitlyn Harrigan (2015), Chris Vogel (2015), Sol Lago (2014), Chris Laterza (2014), Alexis Wellwood (2014), Brooke Larson (2013), Yu Izumi (2012), Alex Drummond (2011), Tim Hunter (2010), Scott Fults (2006)