Work

Research

I am currently working on the following topics:

  • Split scope 1: I show that both within languages and across languages, there is a correlation between focus-sensitivity and split scope: it is focus sensitive operators that have the ability to create split scope readings. My analysis allows these operators to take scope by themselves, yielding split readings (see this handout)
  • Split scope 2: Lisa Bylinina, Rick Nouwen, and I analyse negative indefinites that can split their scope as degree quantifiers, and argue that all cases of split scope involve degree quantifier movement (see these slides and this paper)
  • The semantics and pragmatics of modified numerals: I argue that superlative numeral modifiers like at least and at most are more restricted in how they take scope with respect to modals than previously thought. I give an account that derives the ignorance and authoritative readings these expressions give rise to in a degree semantics framework that does not rely on the existence of two scope configurations (if you are interested, e-mail me for a dissertation chapter, see this handout and this paper for the scope observations)
  • Problems with Quantifier Raising in the Copy Theory of Movement: I show that if we assume the Copy Theory of Movement, inverse scope is no more ‘costly’ than surface scope in that it does not involve additional movement steps. I argue that this is problematic if we want to be able to constrain QR (e.g. Scope Economy) and account for well-known processing data that show that inverse scope readings are more difficult to process than surface scope readings (see this handout)
  • Directional numeral modifiers: I show that directional prepositions that can be used to modify numerals, such as up to in English, have certain characteristics that make them different from other numeral modifiers. I argue that these facts can be explained if we assume that their lower bound is asserted while their upper bound is merely implicated (see this handoutthis paper, and this paper)

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Teaching

I have taught several general linguistics courses in the French department at Utrecht University:

  • 2014: Linguistique Française A (TK1) (teacher, with Janine Berns)
  • 2013: Analyse Linguistique (TK2) (teacher, with Bert Le Bruyn)
  • 2011: Analyse Linguistique (TK2) (TA, for Frank Drijkoningen)

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