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Postgraduate Supervision

I would be happy to supervise research projects in different areas of semantics and pragmatics, especially (but not necessarily) from a cross-linguistic point of view, as well as (fieldwork-based) descriptive or typologically oriented projects in the area of morphosyntax.  (Note: by pragmatics I mean the pragmatics in the philosophy of language tradition such as speech act theory or (neo)-Gricean theories of implicature. I have no expertise in inter-cultural communication or sociolinguistics.)

Current and Previous Research Students:

  • Pablo Fuentes Opazo (main supervisor, with Dr Graham Stevens): The Semantics of Modality and Tense in Predictive Illocutions: a Cross-linguistic Study in English and Mapudungun
  • Yu Gu (co-supervisor with Dr Graham Stevens): Chinese Definite Descriptions
  • Nathan Duckett (co-supervisor with Dr Graham Stevens): Ascriptives: A Semantic and Pragmatic Analysis of the Covert Propositional Attitude
  • Julia Kolkmann (graduated 2016, co-supervised with Prof John Payne): The Pragmatics of Possession: Issues in the Interpretation of Pre-Nominal Possessives in English
  • Siavash Rafiee Rad (graduated 2012, co-supervised with Prof John Payne): The syntax and semantics of ellipsis in verb phrases in Persian
  • Samuel Awinkeke Atintono (graduated 2013, co-supervised with Dr Andrew Koontz-Garboden): The Semantics and Grammar of Positional Verbs in Gurene: A typological perspective
  • Oliver Bond (graduated 2006, co-supervised with Prof Kersti Börjars): Aspects of Eleme verbal morpho-syntax


  • Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, 2010 - present
  • Lecturer in Linguistics, 2003 - 2010
  • Visiting postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, 2002 - 2003
  • PhD in Linguistics, Stanford University, 2002
  • Visiting researcher at the Center for Machine Translation, Carnegie Mellon University, 1994-1995
  • MSc in Speech and Language Processing, University of Edinburgh, 1994
  • Diplom (equivalent to MA) in Technical Translation, University of Hildesheim, 1993
  • Member of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, the Philological Society, and the Gesellschaft für Semantik
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the online journal Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Reviewer of grant proposals to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada
  • Ad hoc reviewer of article submissions to various journals, including Journal of Semantics, Linguistics and Philosophy, Natural Language Semantics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Linguistics, Pragmatics, and International Journal of American Linguistics

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Research interests

  • (Formal) semantics and pragmatics and their interface
  • Quechua linguistics

My general theoretical research areas are (formal) semantics and pragmatics, and I'm particularly interested in cross-linguistic variation. I contribute to the still young but growing field of cross-linguistic semantics/pragmatics by studying a number of issues in Quechua, a language spoken in the Andes, including evidentiality, modality, and quantification. I regularly carry out fieldwork in and around Cusco, Peru.

For an up-to-date list of my publications please visit my personal webpage.


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