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:

I completed my PhD at MIT Linguistics in 2015, and was previously at Leiden University.

My profiles can also be found on the University of Edinburgh website and Google scholar.

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.