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

 

 
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Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen.
'What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.'
[ Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-philosophicus, Prop. 7 ]