Semantics

Much of my work in semantics/pragmatics focuses on aspect, its interaction with temporal reference, and the lexical semantics of verbs.   I am also deeply interested in phenomena that have been labeled as involving “coercion” and the precise psychological mechanisms that underlie coercion-like interpretations and the observed processing cost.  With Maria Piñango, I  have been developing formal semantic analyses of  measure adverbs like  for an hour and aspectual verbs like begin, finish  that can be  reconciled in a precise way with  psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic observations. This work can be found here. This collaboration has also led us to begin exploring how to probe into the cognitive and neural mechanisms that are responsible for semantic change. 

The semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of grammaticalization paths: The progressive and the imperfective. (accepted for publication in Semantics and Pragmatics)

Reanalyzing the complement coercion effect through a generalized lexical semantics for aspectual verbs (with Maria Piñango). (accepted for publication in Journal of Semantics)

From change to value difference in degree achievements. With Itamar Francez and Andrew Koontz-Garboden. In  Proceedings of SALT 23, pp. 97–115. (2013)

Morphology. In Robert Binnick ed. Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect, pp. 155–183. Oxford University Press. (2012)

Quantification and context in measure adverbs (with Maria Piñango). In Proceedings of SALT 21, pp. 295–312. (2011)

Unifying the imperfective and the progressive: Partitions as quantificational domains, In Linguistics & Philosophy 32.5, pp. 475–521. [preprint] (2009)

Imperfective readings: partitions as quantificational domainsProceedings of SALT 19, pp. 109–123. (2009)