Who I am.
Additionally, I am a member of the editorial/review board of Semantics & Pragmatics and Snippets, and the steering committee of Logic and Engineering in Natural Language Semantics.
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 2017: I will give an invited talk at InqBnB2, to be held at ILLC, University of Amsterdam.
- August 2017: Manuscript “A unified semantics for the Japanese Q-particle ka in indefinites, questions and disjunctions” is accepted for publication in Glossa.
- August 2017: Submitted a revised version of “Non-local use of the Japanese excessive marker sugi as an overtly QRed degree quantifier”
- August 2017: I joined the editorial board of Semantics & Pragmatics.
- June 2017: I joined the new review board of Snippets, an online open-access journal for short articles in syntax and semantics. Please consider submitting your squibs!