Representing semantics in Monument Valley

Representing semantics in Monument Valley

I am a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am especially interested in exploring how fieldwork on understudied languages, especially Navajo (Diné Bizaad), can inform and guide formal semantic theory. I work on the semantics of attitudes of belief and desire, modality, adjectives, and modification in both Navajo and English. 


  • Speaking on Navajo attitudes (their analysis and what they can tell us about semantic variation/universality in the domain of attitudes) at the University of Maryland, April 21-22.


  • Invited speaker at SULA 8 (Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas) at the University of British Columbia, May 16-18, 2014, where I presented the paper ‘The decomposition of belief and desire ‘.I spoke about a single attitude predicate in Navajo (nízin) used both to express attitudes of desire (‘want’) and belief (‘think’), which is the focus of my dissertation. 
  • Presented a paper (‘Interpreting DP-modifying modal adverbs‘) at SALT 24, held at NYU, May 30-June 1, 2014. My presentation examined opaque and transparent interpretations of DPs modified by epistemic modal adverbs.

Papers and handouts for download: (for more, see my CV)

Other papers and handouts:

SULA 6 Cover   Volume edited: SULA 6: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting on the Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas and SULA-Bar. 2012. GLSA Publications.         For material not linked to here, email me.  Department of Linguistics N408 Integrative Learning Center
University of Massachusetts 650 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01003-1100, USA