Who I am.
In 2015, I completed my PhD study at MIT Linguistics, with the PhD dissertation titled Interpreting questions under attitudes (pdf on lingbuzz; pdf on the local server). The dissertation addresses a family of puzzles for the compositional semantics of question-embedding sentences, posed by variability in forms and interpretations of clauses embedded under attitude predicates such as know, predict, surprise and wonder.
What I do.
I do research on formal semantics and pragmatics. That is, I study the systematic patterns in which people draw various kinds of inferences from conversations in natural language, and try to understand systems governing such patterns by formalizing them using theoretical tools made available by linguistics, logic and cognitive science. See Kyle Rawlins’ introduction of semantics for non-specialists for more on what semanticists like Kyle and I do.
I also specialise in Japanese linguistics. I investigate various aspects of the grammatical structure of the languages/dialects in Japan, with an aim to uncover the nature of the similarity and differences that the Japanese languages have with other languages in the world. Click here to read a short biography about the relationship between me and the Japanese language.
Outside of research, teaching is an essential part of my academic life. See the Teaching page for my teaching philosophy and information on classes I have taught.
Specific research interests
- Semantics and Pragmatics
- Semantics and pragmatics of interrogatives and their responses
- Semantics of attitude predicates and their selectional properties
- Constraints on lexical denotations
- Syntax-Semantics Interface
- Disjunctive constructions
- Morpho-phonology of Japanese dialects
News and upcoming events
- December 29th, 2016: Paper “Predicates of relevance and theories of question-embedding” (co-authored with Patrick Elliott, Nathan Klinedinst and Yasutada Sudo) is accepted for publication at Journal of Semantics.
- January 31st, 2017: First class of the 2nd semester.
- February, 2017: Two papers will appear in the Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21: “Japanese alternative questions and a unified in-situ semantics for ka“ and a joint paper with Floris Roelofsen, “The distributive ignorance puzzle”.
- March 14-18, 2017: GLOW 2017 @ Leiden University. I will be one of the organizers for the semantics workshop on compositionality.