Representing semantics in Monument Valley

Representing semantics in Monument Valley

I am a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My dissertation examines the compositional semantics of attitude reports of belief and desire, drawing in particular on data from Navajo (Diné Bizaad) but also from English, German, and Romance languages. My other work examines topics including subsentential modal modifiers in English (e.g. possibly the best pizza in NYC) and the semantics of adjectives and adjectival modifiers both in Navajo and in English.

I am interested in the question of how understudied languages (and understudied varieties of better-studied languages, including English(es)) can inform semantic theory and deepen our understanding of points of semantic universality and variation.


  • Awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant by the NSF, entitled ‘Expressing attitudes of belief and desire in Navajo’ [#BCS-1451265].
  • Spoke on Navajo attitudes (their analysis and what they can tell us about semantic variation/universality in the domain of attitudes) as an invited speaker at the University of Maryland, April 21-22, 2015.

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