Who I am.


(Ⓒ Juriën van Eck)

I am an Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent) at Leiden University in Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

Previously, I was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies at Keio University, during which I was also a visiting scholar at Institut Jean-Nicod in Paris.

In 2015, I completed my PhD study at MIT Linguistics, with the PhD dissertation Interpreting questions under attitudes (pdf on lingbuzzpdf 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.

I also have the following external appointments in academic journals and conferences:

My profiles can also be found on the following sites:

What I do.

I am a researcher of 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.

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
    • wh-indeterminates
    • disjunctive constructions
  • Morpho-phonology of Japanese dialects

News and upcoming events

  • May 2018: I will give the following two presentations at SALT 28 @ MIT.
    • “The problem of presupposition projection in question-embedding” (talk)
    • (with Floris Roelofsen) “Do modals take propositions or questions? Evidence from Japanese” (poster)
  • January 2018: My paper “A unified semantics for the Japanese Q-particle ka in indefinites, questions and disjunctions” appeared in Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. It’s available open access.
  • December 2017: I gave a joint presentation “The anti-rogativity of non-veridical preferential predicates” with Yasutada Sudo in the General Session of Amsterdam Colloquium 2017. [here’s our proceedings paper]
  • December 2017: I gave an invited talk “Two sources of presuppositions in question-embedding” at InqBnB2, to be held at ILLC, University of Amsterdam. [slides]
  • November 2017: I gave the following two presentations at SelectionFest at ZAS Berlin: “The anti-rogativity of non-veridical preferential predicates” (with Yasutada Sudo) and “Responsive modal particles: the case of Japanese darou” (with Floris Roelofsen)
  • November 2017: Submitted a joint paper with Alexandre Cremers and Floris Roelofsen “Distributive ignorance implications of inquisitive and epistemic attitudes“.