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.
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.
– A series of talks with Amy Rose Deal on vague predicates, crisp judgments and the Degree Semantics Parameter in Nez Perce. Venues included The Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas 10 at the University of Toronto in April 2018, the workshop on Form-Meaning Mismatches at the University of Göttingen in July 2018, and Sinn und Bedeutung 23 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in September 2018.
– Out in July 2018, my proceedings paper on “How Do Degrees Enter the Grammar of a Language? Language Change in Samoan from [-DSP] to [+DSP].” Proceedings of TripleA 4, ed. by Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten and Liz Coppock, pp. 106-120.
– Two talks on the syntax and semantics of quantification in Samoan, at the Workshop on the Syntax of Polynesian Languages at the University of Toronto and at TripleA 5 workshop for semantic fieldworkers at the University of Konstanz, both in June 2018.
– “Nominalization as Complementation: The View from Turkish.” Invited talk presenting joint work with my student Işıl Şenel at a workshop on embedding and temporal interpretation at the Institut für deutsche Sprache in Mannheim in February 2018.