I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and 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 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)
- UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship: Logic in Semantic Universals (2022-2025)
I completed my PhD at MIT Linguistics in 2015, and was previously at Leiden University.
My pronouns are he/him. My first name is unaccented, but people typically pronounce it with a stress on the second syllable in English-speaking contexts (and that is fine).
What I do.
I am a researcher in 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 regularities. My AHRC/DFG project investigates how meanings of clause-embedding predicates (such as believe, know, surprise and wonder in English) are related to regularities about the types of complement clauses they can combine with, building on cross-linguistic data collection and experimentation.
In addition, I am interested in cross-linguistic generalisations in the lexical semantics of logical vocabularies. In my project funded by the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, my team and I will investigate how we can explain such generalisations in terms of what we know about grammar and cognition, by bringing together insights from formal linguistics and evolutionary linguistics.
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.
- April/May/July 2022: With Mora Maldonado and Jennifer Culbertson, I will present the talk ‘Learnability and constraints on the semantics of clause-embedding predicates’ at GLOW 45, ELM 2 and CogSci 2022.
- May 2022: Invited workshop talk at the CoSaQ closing workshop @ Amsterdam.
- May 2022: Invited colloquium talk at Ruhr-University Bochum.
- April 2022: The MECORE group will present the talk ‘Cross-linguistic patterns in the selectional restrictions of preferential predicates’ at GLOW 45.
- March 2022: Invited talk at TaLK 2022 @ Keio.
- February 2022: I have started as an editorial board member of Natural Language Semantics.
- February 2022: Invited seminar talk at Tel Aviv University.
- January 2022: My project as a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow ‘Logic in Semantic Universals’ starts. I am extremely excited and honoured to receive the fellowship.
- December 2021: Paper ‘The informativeness/complexity trade-off in the domain of Boolean connectives’ is accepted by Linguistic Inquiry.