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 (co-)PI of the following two collaborative research projects:
- AHRC/DFG project MECORE: A cross-linguistic investigation of meaning-driven combinatorial restrictions in clausal embedding (2021-2024)
- NWO international collaboration project ModUni: Searching for semantic universals in the modal and attitudinal domains (2018-2021)
I completed my PhD at MIT Linguistics in 2015, and was previously at Leiden University.
My pronouns are he/him.
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 and supervision are an essential part of my academic life. See the Teaching page for my teaching philosophy, information on classes I have taught, and students I have supervised.
Recent and upcoming talks, papers etc.
- October 2021: Keynote talk at Japanese/Korean Linguistics @ Nagoya/NINJAL.
- August 2021: Invited talk at ExUni Workshop @ ESSLLI2021. (postponed from 2020)
- Summer 2021: This summer, I will be teaching at the EGG Summer School.
- December 2020: My review of Hadas Kotek’s book Composing questions has been published in Language.
- December 2020: Invited talk at DIP Colloquium @ ILLC, Amsterdam.
- November 2020: AHRC and DFG have agreed to fund the collaborative project ‘MECORE: A cross-linguistic investigation of meaning-driven combinatorial restrictions in clausal embedding’, for which I will be a co-PI with Maribel Romero (Konstanz).