About Me

IMG_2441 I’m a recent PhD Graduate in linguistics at the University of Tübingen, Germany.  I carried out my PhD research at the Collaborative Research Center 833 “The Construction of Meaning” funded by the German Science Foundation, in project C1 “Parametric Variation in the Semantic Component of the Grammar”

My research focuses on cross-linguistic variation in semantics: variation (and the lack thereof) across the grammars of different languages affecting how speakers construct sentence meanings from the parts that make them up. My thesis investigated the interpretation of wh-pronouns and disjunction with an empirical focus on Yoruba, a Niger-Congo language spoken primarily in Nigeria, and Sāmoan, an Austronesian language. An important part of my research is collecting data on the grammar of these underrepresented languages via fieldwork with native speaker consultants.

Publications:

(to appear). (No) Variation in the Grammar of Alternatives – Intervention Effects in Russian. In: Proceedings of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 26.

(2016). A Hamblin Semantics for Alternative Questions in Yoruba. In: N. Bade, P. Berezovskaya and A. Schöller (eds.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20, 359-376. [Link]

(2015). Alternative Semantics for Focus and Questions: Evidence from Sāmoan. In A. Camp, Y. Otsuka, C. Stabile and N.Tanaka (eds.) Proceedings of the 21st Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, Asia Pacific Linguistics, 69-86. (with Vera Hohaus) [Link]

(2013). Abstracting over Degrees in Yoruba Comparison Constructions. In: E. Chemla, V. Homer & G. Winterstein (eds.) Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, pp. 271-288. [Link]

 

Teaching:

Summer Semester 2016,
Winter Semester 2017-2018
Introduction to English Linguistics
Primary Instructor (co-taught with Prof. Andrea Weber and Dr. Andreas Konietzko)
English Department, University of Tübingen
 
Winter Semester 2015-2016,
Summer Semester 2015,
Summer Semester 2014
Structure and Meaning: English from a Crosslinguistic Perspective
Primary Instructor
English Department, University of Tübingen
[Link to Course Description]
 
Winter Semester 2012-2013,
Summer Semester 2012
Structure and Meaning
Primary Instructor
English Department, University of Tübingen
 
Selected Talks:
July 2017
Alternative Semantics through the Lens of Disjunctive Questions
Linguistics Department, University of Frankfurt.
 
May 2017
(No) Variation in the Grammar of Alternatives – Intervention Effects in Russian
Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 26, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
 
October 2015
The Samoan Particle ‘o as a Window into the Grammar of Alternatives
School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Seminar, Victoria University, Wellington. (with Vera Hohaus)
 
June 2015
Crosslinguistic Variation in the Grammar of Alternatives
2nd Workshop on the Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages (TripleA2), University of Potsdam (with V. Hohaus, V. Hehl, P. Berezovskaya, S. Erbektas, K. Greipel, K. Sachs)
 
April 2015
Investigating Alternative and Polar Questions in Yoruba
Semantics Workshop, UMass Amherst
 
May 2014
Alternative Semantics for Focus and Questions: Evidence from Sāmoan
21st Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (with Vera Hohaus)
 
June 2013
Comparison Constructions and Degree Variables in Yoruba
African Linguistics Workshop, LSA Summer Institute, University of Michigan
 
Sept 2012
Abstracting over Degrees in Yoruba Comparison Constructions
Sinn und Bedeutung 17, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Service:

2016-2019
Occasional Reviewer
Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics
 
2014-2016
Co-Organiser
TripleA Workshop Series on the Formal Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages, July 5-8 (Tübingen), June 4-5 2015 (Potsdam), June 11-13 (Tübingen) [Link]
(Jointly organised by the SFB 833 and SFB 632)
 
April 2014-January 2015
Organiser
PhD Students’ Colloquium of the SFB 833
 
2014
Co-Organiser
DoKo Summer School (Summer School of the PhD Students’ Colloquium of the SFB 833), June 26-27 2014, Tübingen [Link]
 
Nov 2011-August 2014
Editor
Nauklerstraße 35, Newsletter of the SFB833
 
Sept 2008 – May 2009
Vice President of Communications
Society of Linguistics Undergraduates at McGill