About me

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Rutgers Department of Linguistics, and a member of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science. I’m a linguist and a formal semanticist, which means I use math to study the structures that allow people to produce and understand language. I started doing semantics at Brown University with Polly Jacobson, and I got my PhD at NYU working with Chris Barker.

My research looks at scope and binding, questions and indefiniteness, focus, dynamic semantics, continuations and monads, ellipsis, and their interactions. I’m interested in how developments in other disciplines (say, category theory and computer science) can ground and enrich linguistic theory — see the Papers tab for some recent examples. I spend a lot of time thinking about how syntactic form constrains interpretation (and, occasionally, doesn’t). I’ve been both foe and friend to pseudo-scope mechanisms. Given my background, you might not be surprised to hear that I’ve got a soft spot for direct interpretation.

Here is a recent photo of me near the top of Mount Lemmon.

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