About

I am a linguist and postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, where I am employed as part of the project DP-Border (PIs: Artemis Alexiadou and Uli Sauerland). Before coming to ZAS, I earned my PhD in linguistics at Stony Brook University, specializing in semantics and its interfaces with pragmatics and syntax. My dissertation, The Mereology of Attitudes, was advised by Richard Larson. My research interests are relatively broad, encompassing attitudes, modals, events, mereology, measurement, scope, and co-linguistic content (e.g., gestures). My work has been published in the peer-reviewed journals Linguistics and Philosophy, Glossa, and Snippets, as well as the proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT).

Outside of linguistics, my primary hobby is music. I studied composition and jazz piano performance at Williams College, and was working toward a music career before seeing the light and becoming a linguist. The music section of this site includes some samples of my work as a pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter. I’m also a diehard fan of American football (go Ravens!) and chess (current fascination: the Sicilian Defence).

Photo by Kerstin Vihman