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 researcher 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.
– Join me at the St Catherine’s College, Oxford on the 11th June 2022 for a public lecture on “The Study of Meaning in Natural Language, in the Lab and in the Field”, organised by the Philological Society.
– Giuliano Armente, Britta Stolterfohlt and I will be giving a short talk on “Transparency in the Processing of Temporal Ambiguity: The Case of Embedded Tense” at the second Experiments in Linguistic Meaning (ELM) workshop this May.
– Join virtually for a talk that Shatha Alahmadi and I will be giving this March “On the Different Readings of the Focus Particle KAMAN in Hijazi Arabic” at the 35th Annual Symposion on Arabic Linguistics at Georgetown this March.
– Published late 2021: A volume on Polynesian Syntax and Its Interfaces, edited by Lauren Clemens and Diane Massam, with a contribution from me on “Gradability and Modality: A Case Study from Samoan”.
– I received two outstanding staff awards by the Faculty of Humanities for the 2020-21 academic year, the Oustanding Teaching Award and the Outstanding UG Dissertation Supervisor Award. Read the Manchet blog post here!