I am a theoretical linguist as well as a fieldworker. I am currently a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester and an associated reasearcher at the Tübingen Collaborative Research Center 833. I was trained at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany (from which I also received my Ph.D. in 2015), the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the United States, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in Canada.
Broadly speaking, I investigate how meaning emerges from the interaction of syntactic structure, lexical information, composition principles and context. I am particularly interested in how far this interaction is subject to crosslinguistic variation, and in the repercussions of this variation for first language acquisition and processing.
Topics I haved worked on or am working on include the crosslinguistic representation of scalarity in the grammar, the acquisition of comparison constructions, the architecture of tense and modality at Logical Form, as well as the grammar of alternatives.
– Out now in the Annual Review of Linguistics: Vera Hohaus & M. Ryan Bochnak (2020), “The Grammar of Degree: Gradability across Languages“.
– Published December 2019, in a special edition for the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society: “The Temporal Interpretation of Complement and Relative Clauses: Contrasting English and Samoan”.
– Out now in Journal of Semantics, and open access: M. Ryan Bochnak, Vera Hohaus & Anne Mucha (2019), “Variation in Tense and Aspect, and the Temporal Interpretation of Complement Clauses”.
– A joint talk this June with Jozina Vander Klok on “The Composition of Weak Necessity Modality: The View from Javanese” at the 11th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL11) in Leiden.
– May 2019: My keynote on “Language Variation and Change in the Composition of Meaning” at the 25th meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association at Western University in London, Ontario!