I'm interested in natural language interpretation, that is, in explaining how we associate meanings not just with words, but most especially with phrases and sentences. Figuring this out involves figuring out the structure of the complex expression one is interpreting, the interpretive rules we associate with each kind of phrase structure, and the interaction of linguistic context and world knowledge with more conventionalized aspects of interpretation. I've mainly worked within the so-called formal semantic tradition, but I am currently exploring other, more conceptually-oriented models of natural language meaning, including statistical models from computational semantics. I've collaborated with some philosophers on the topic of aesthetic language, and I'm also in contact with psychologists who study semantic and pragmatic processing.
I'm an associate editor at Semantics and Pragmatics (S&P), co-editor (with Cleo Condoravdi and Zoltán Gendler Szabó) of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (SLAP) series, and Advisory Board member for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. From 2011 until the end of 2015 I was an associate editor of Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (NLLT). You can download my CV here.
If you're interested in opportunities for undergraduate or graduate study, postdoctoral research or a short term research stay in Barcelona, don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail. Our Formal Linguistics Group, GLiF, (for 'Grup de Lingüística Formal' in Catalan) has junior and senior researchers and graduate students in the areas of syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and we form a larger Linguistics Research Unit with the Department of Translation and Language Science's Computational Linguistics Group (GLICOM), the Prosodic Studies Group (GReP), and ALLENCAM, a group devoted to multilingual language learning and acquisition. I also collaborate with the Computational Linguistics and Linguistic Theory (COLT) group, led by Gemma Boleda.
- Doctoral study in Linguistics at UPF
- Master's in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at UPF
- Undergraduate study in Applied Languages at UPF
- Semantics & Pragmatics: An Open Access Journal of the Linguistic Society of America
- Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (SLAP)
- Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics
- AAAS - Section Z (Linguistics)