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I’m a 5th 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. I address questions of what properties of scales can explain scalar diversity, whether processing cost also varies across scales, and whether scalar alternatives have strengthened memory representations. My dissertation research is supported by an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, #BCS-2041312.

Previously, I have worked on:

  • the role of context in the calculation and processing of implicatures
  • the integration of pragmatic meaning with other sources of information
  • quantifier scope ambiguities

I have a secondary body of research in syntax and sentence processing. I am especially interested in what cross-linguistic investigation can tell us about constraints on syntactic structure-building and general cognitive principles of language processing, capitalizing in particular 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