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I’m a final-year PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Chicago, also affiliated with Ming Xiang’s Language Processing Lab. I have a BA in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge.

My primary research interests are in psycholinguistics and experimental semantics-pragmatics. The empirical domain of my dissertation is scalar diversity: the observation that the likelihood of scalar inference varies across different lexical scales. In it, I address a number of questions, including how we can mathematically quantify scalar diversity, what properties of scales can explain it, and whether scalar alternatives have strengthened memory representations. I am particularly interested in the role of discourse context in our answers to these questions. My dissertation research is supported by an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, #BCS-2041312.

Previously, I have also worked on:

  • the processing of scalar inference vs. it-cleft exhaustivity
  • the integration of pragmatic meaning with other sources of information
  • quantifier scope ambiguities

I also have a body of research in syntax and sentence processing, with special focus on what cross-linguistic investigation can tell us about constraints on syntactic structure-building and general cognitive principles of language processing. My work in this domain capitalizes on the unique linguistic properties of Hungarian.

Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • relative clause complexity
  • identity in clausal ellipsis
  • multiple wh-questions and multiple sluicing
  • the interaction of nominal ellipsis and possessive morphology