Representing semantics in Monument Valley

Representing semantics in Monument Valley

I am a fifth year graduate student 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 adjectives, modification, and modality in both Navajo and English. 


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

More recent work and papers to appear:

Older 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.





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