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Academically speaking, I am a linguist . My main interest as a teacher and a researcher is in the study of how different languages assemble words to form sentences (syntax) and how sentences can be used to convey meaning (semantics and pragmatics). If you like linguistic jargon, I am a linguist who is interested in crosslinguistic formal semantics and its interfaces with formal pragmatics and syntax.


I am currently working on an intellectual and personal biography of Richard Montague (1930-1971), a brilliant philosopher and logician, who, among other achievements, fathered formal semantics just a few years before he was murdered. I have been conducting archival researches and interviews for the past three years. I was awarded an ACLS Fellowship and a CASBS Fellowship at Stanford University in 2014-2015 to work on my project.




I am helping to organize a screening of the documentary The way we talk on stuttering and a Q&A with the director Michael Turner and others. The event is taking place at Atkinson Hall at UC San Diego on Thursday October 13 2016 at 6 pm. It is free and open to the public.




Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen.
'What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.'
or 'Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.'

[ Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-philosophicus, Prop. 7 ]