My research interests are centered around discourse and phenomena that involve some form of contextual specification, for example anaphora resolution or presupposition accommodation. I take these phenomena to be located at the interface of what a formal semantic analysis can tell us about the respective felicity-conditions and how we use non-linguistic information to satisfy these conditions. More generally, I am interested in how we represent information in a discourse and how it is retrieved from memory when needed.
A recurring theme in my work concerns the connection between research traditions that have been pursued separately but might inform each other, for example the research on discourse particles in European languages like German and evidential markers in Native American languages like Cheyenne, or the connection between perspectival phenomena and implicit causality (the latter in collaboration with Isabelle Charnavel and Brian Dillon).
Below you can find a list of projects I currently am or have been working on (ordered somewhat chronologically), including collaborators. Each project is linked to a small description with relevant materials if existent:
- Pronouns, At-Issueness & Discourse Structure
- ‘Still’ True – On the Acquisition of Different Presupposition Triggers
– collaborative work with Emma Nguyen (in prep)
- Implicit Causality & Perspective
– collaborative work with Brian Dillon and Isabelle Charnavel (in prep)
- Presupposition Accommodation (in prep)
- Processing Anaphoric Presupposition Triggers
- Hypothetical Comparison Clauses in German
- Contrasting Additive Particles
- Obviation in Ojibwe & Demonstrative Pronouns in German
– collaborative work with Chris Hammerly
- On the German Discourse Particle ‘wohl’