I am Professor of Semantics at Heinrich Heine Universität in Düsseldorf.
My research is motivated by my long-standing interest in conceptual foundations of semantics, drawing on the logical/formal and cognitive research traditions. My main focus is on aspect, genericity, mass/count distinction, mereological semantics, interaction of noun phrase semantics with verbal aspect, (in)definiteness, context-dependence in semantic interpretation, integration of formal and lexical semantics. Languages from which I often tend to draw my data are English, German, Czech, Russian, Polish, French and Italian.
I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. My thesis advisors were Paul Kay, Charles J. Fillmore, Sam Mchombo and Alan Timberlake. My thesis, entitled Aspect, Eventuality Types and Noun Phrase Semantics, was published in the OUTSTANDING DISSERTATIONS IN LINGUISTICS series, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
Before coming to Düsseldorf I taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, at the University of Rochester in the Department of Linguistics and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Florida. I also held appointments as a computational linguist at SRI International in Menlo Park, in the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at Berkeley working in the Artificial Intelligence Group, and as a research associate at Berkeley Speech Technologies, Inc.
I also held an appointment as a professor at the 2007 Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America at Stanford University, co-teaching a seminar on event semantics with Cleo Condoravdi. I taught two ESSLLI summer school courses: one on aspect with Daniel Alshuler in 2013 at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and one on countability in the nominal and verbal domains with Peter Sutton in 2016 at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. With Greg Carlson, I co-organized a workshop at the ESSLLI summer school at the University of Birmingham in 2000. I offered advanced courses in semantics at the LOT Winter School at Tilburg University (the Netherlands, 2012), at the Higher School of Economics, Department of Linguistics (Moscow, Russian Federation, 2015).
My current DFG funded project concerns Individuation of Eventualities and Abstract Things (2020-2024).
My research has been supported by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/DAAD), Strategic Research Fund of Heinrich Heine University (Strategischer Forschungsfonds), Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund at the University of Florida, and University of California at Berkeley Fellowship, among others.
I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics, and serve on the Editorial Board of Semantics and Pragmatics.
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