I’m currently a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University as part of Rick Nouwen‘s ERC-funded project on Restriction and Obviation in Scalar Expressions. Before moving to Utrecht, I was a co-investigator in Doris Penka‘s DFG-funded project Decomposition of Comparative and Superlative Quantificational NPs at the Syntax/Semantics Interface at the University of Konstanz. I received my Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Chicago in 2012.

My training is in syntax, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics, and I investigate how form, structure, and meaning in the sentential and conversational context interact in instances of vagueness and (im)precision, namely in gradable adjectives, degree modifiers, and quantity expressions.

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Utrecht Institute for Linguistics OTS, Universiteit Utrecht
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