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.
– Coming up this June 2019: A joint talk 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.
– Coming up this month, in May 2019: My keynote on “Language Variation and Change in the Composition of Meaning” at the next meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association at Western University in London, Ontario!
– Joint work with Petra Augzurky and Rolf Ulrich on the processing of temporal adverbial quantification, presented at the Bochum workshop on “Reasoning, Argumentation and Logic in Natural Language” in April 2019, and as a poster at a Tübingen workshop on “Ambiguity as (Information) Gaps: Processes of Creation and Resolution” in November 2018.
– Joint work with my former student Işıl Şenel on the temporal interpretation of relative clauses and attitude complements in Turkish, and the role of syntax therein. Last presented at the syntax-semantics seminar series in Göttingen in December 2018.
– 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.