I am a Lecturer (~ North American Assistant Professor) in Semantics at University of Edinburgh in the Department of Linguistics and English Language within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. I also serve as the leader of the NWO international collaboration project '’Searching for semantic universals in the modal domain’’.
I completed my PhD at MIT Linguistics in 2015, and was previously at Leiden University.
I also have the following external appointments in academic journals and conferences:
- an editorial board member of Semantics & Pragmatics
- a review board member of Snippets
- a steering committee member of Logic and Engineering in Natural Language Semantics (LENLS).
My profiles can also be found on the following sites:
What I do.
I am a researcher of formal semantics and pragmatics. That is, I study how humans draw various inferences from conversations in natural language, and I try to understand systems governing such human behaviors using theoretical tools made available by linguistics, logic and cognitive science.
Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between word meanings and grammatical rules. My PhD dissertation Interpreting questions under attitudes addresses a family of puzzles concerning how the meanings of the so-called propositional attitude verbs (such as believe, know, surprise and wonder) are related to the types of complement clauses they can combine with (for example, whether the verb can combine with a question or not).
More recently, I am interested in the distinction between ‘logical’ words (such as every and or) and ‘non-logical’ words (such as walk and bird). Is there a fundamental distinction between how these two kinds of word meanings are represented in our mind? I try to address this question by investigating the manifestation of this distinction in syntax-semantics interface (i.e., the relationship between meaning and grammar) and cross-linguistic universals in word meanings (i.e., what kind of common properties hold for word meanings across languages).
Teaching is an essential part of my academic life. See the Teaching page for my teaching philosophy and information on classes I have taught.
Recent and upcoming talks, papers etc.
- August, 2021: Invited talk at ExUni Workshop @ ESSLLI2021. (postponed from 2020)
- August 17-20, 2020: Talk “Searching for a universal constraint on the denotation of clause-embedding predicates” (co-authored with Floris Roelofsen) at SALT 30.
- June 15-19, 2020: Course at the LOT Summer School, Virtual (organized by Leiden University).
- April, 2020: Manuscript ‘The existential/uniqueness presupposition of wh-complements projects from the answers’ accepted for publication in Linguistics and Philosophy.
- March 31, 2020: Together with Uli Sauerland, I have organized the workshop on semantic universals in the modal and attitudinal domain as part of GLOW43.
- December 18-20, 2019: Together with Floris Roelofsen and Jakub Szymanik, I organized a workshop on semantic universals as part of the Amsterdam Colloquium 2019.
- February 2019: The paper ‘The *hope-wh puzzle’ (joint work with Yasutada Sudo) has now appeared in Natural Language Semantics. (Open access)
- September 4-6, 2019: Talk ‘An EEG investigation into clausal selection’ in Sinn und Bedeutung 24 at Osnabrück University (joint work with Leticia Pablos Robles, Yasutada Sudo & Hiromu Sakai).
Specific research interests
- Semantics and Pragmatics
- Semantics and pragmatics of interrogatives and their responses
- Semantics and pragmatics of sentence-final particles
- Constraints on lexical denotations
- Syntax-Semantics Interface
- Semantics of attitude predicates and their selectional properties
- disjunctive constructions
- Morpho-phonology of Japanese dialects