My primary research interests are in the areas of semantics and pragmatics. The theme of my research is context dependence with the aim of better understanding how compositional semantics interacts with discourse structure and discourse coherence. My first monograph, Events, States and Times (2016, De Gruyter), investigates the temporal interpretation of narrative discourse through focused case studies of particular temporal adverbials, coherence relations, tenses and aspects. My second monograph (co-authored with Robert Truswell), Coordination and the Syntax-Discourse Interface (OUP, 2022), explores interactions between syntactic structure and discourse structure, through a focused case study of patterns of extraction from coordinate structures. Currently I'm working with Scott AnderBois on coordinate structures in A’ingae, focusing on clause linkage and switch reference. I'm also working with Julian J. Schlöder on the semantics and pragmatics of narrative discourse, including discourse composed of linguistic and pictorial elements. We are writing a book (under contract with OUP) called: Discourse interpretation: A formal theory of coherence relations.
I have also been exploring how compositional semantics interacts with coherence at the sub-clausal level. I'm currently working with Kelsey Sasaki, Matt Husband, Runyi Yao and Hannah Rohde to experimentally test several hypotheses about how the interpretation of adjectives and nouns interacts with the interpretation of verbs.
My research in philosophy of language and literature explores how literary discourse motivates particular extensions of dynamic-semantic frameworks. In particular, I have been exploring imaginative resistance with Emar Maier and narrative frustration with Christina S. Kim. Moreover, I have been working with Dag Haug on analyzing narrative garden-path in the French novella, Sylvie. We are writing a book (under contract with Routledge) called: Literature as a formal language.
I am the editor of Linguistics meets Philosophy (CUP, 2022), which empowers new conversations between linguists and philosophers by showing how far formal semantics has come because of the conversations between the two disciplines, and critically assessing prior conversations, those currently taking place and those in a dire need of happening.
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