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 conventions 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 over the last ten years have increasingly explored vector-based and, more recently, information-theoretic models of meaning. 

I'm currently co-Editor-in-Chief with Kjell Johan Sæbø of the Linguistic Society of America's open access journal Semantics and Pragmatics (S&P) 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), and from 2014 until the end of 2019, co-editor of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (SLAP) series. You can download a fairly recent 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 ALLENCAM, a group devoted to multilingual language learning and acquisition, the Computational Linguistics and Linguistic Theory group (COLT), the Grammar and Cognition Lab (GraC), and the Prosodic Studies Group (GReP)

Check out Sandy Chung's cat Saffy curled up in my dissertation (photo by Kyle Rawlins).

Here is an interesting blog on academic life that I discovered through Artemis Alexiadou.


Department of Translation and Language Sciences

Edifici Roc Boronat (campus del Poblenou)
Roc Boronat, 138
08018 Barcelona

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