speaking, I am a linguist in the Linguistics
Department at the University of California San Diego.
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 cross-linguistic formal semantics
and its interfaces with formal pragmatics and syntax.
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 five years. I was awarded an ACLS
Fellowship and a CASBS
Fellowship at Stanford University in
2014-2015 to work on my project. The biography will be published
by Oxford University Press.
am also leading a project
on the morpho-syntax and semantics of Headless Relative
Clauses in Mesoamerican languages together with Harold
Torrence and Roberto
Zavala. The project is supported by
grants from UC MEXUS-CONACYT, UC San Diego Social Sciences,
and UCLA Academic Senate. [website]
Falaus and I are leading a project on
constructions with multiple wh-words cross-linguistically
and are organizing two related workshops. [webpage]
organize SemanticsBabble together with Jonathan Cohen.
SemanticsBabble is a weekly informal discussion group at UC
San Diego on theoretical and experimental aspects of semantics
and related areas such as its interface with syntax, pragmatics,
and philosophy of language. [webpage]
am the Faculty
Co-Director of Study
Abroad at UC San Diego.