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Academically 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.

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 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.


I 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] [videos]

Anamaria Falaus and I are leading a project on constructions with multiple wh-words cross-linguistically and are organizing two related workshops. [webpage]

I 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]

I am the Faculty Co-Director of Study Abroad at UC San Diego.





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 ]