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.
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. [project
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 Associate Faculty Director of Study
Abroad at UC San Diego.