Room 2.10, Dugald Stewart Building
- 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
- Post code
- EH8 9AD
Office hours: 10-11am Monday. Please feel free to drop by my office at any other time or contact me by email to schedule a meeting.
- 2019-: Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
- 2016-2019: Assistant Professor, Leiden University
- 2015-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Keio University (Tokyo) & Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS/ENS (Paris)
- 2015: Ph.D., MIT Linguistics
- 2010: M.A., University of Tokyo
- 2008: B.A., University of Tokyo
- Contributor to pre-honours "Linguistics and English Language 1B" (6 hours)
- Honours "Current Issues in Semantics and Pragmatics" (co-taught with Rob Truswell)
- MSc "Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics"
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
- Takanobu Nakamura
I am a researcher of formal semantics and pragmatics. That is, I study how humans draw various inferences from conversations in natural language, and I try to understand systems governing such human behaviors using theoretical tools made available by linguistics, logic and cognitive science.
Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between word meanings and grammatical rules. My MIT PhD dissertation "Interpreting questions under attitudes" addresses a family of puzzles concerning how the meanings of the so-called propositional attitude verbs (such as "believe", "know", "surprise" and "wonder") are related to the types of complement clauses they can combine with (for example, whether the verb can combine with a question or not).
Current research interestsI am interested in the distinction between ‘logical’ words (such as "every" and "or") and ‘non-logical’ words (such as "walk" and "bird"). Is there a fundamental distinction between how these two kinds of word meanings are represented in our mind? I try to address this question by investigating the manifestation of this distinction in syntax-semantics interface (i.e., the relationship between meaning and grammar) and cross-linguistic universals in word meanings (i.e., what kind of common properties hold for word meanings across languages).
The 'hope-wh' puzzle
Distributive ignorance inferences with wonder and believe
Question marker drop in Japanese and Generalized Factivity
The semantics of question-embedding predicates
Japanese alternative questions and a unified in-situ semantics for ka
The distributive ignorance puzzle
Do modals take propositions or sets of propositions? Evidence from Japanese `darou'
A unified semantics for the Japanese Q-particle `ka' in indefinites, questions and disjunctions
On the projection of the presupposition of embedded questions
Predicates of relevance and theories of question embedding
The anti-rogativity of non-veridical preferential predicates
Content nouns and the semantics of question-embedding
Cross-linguistic variation in the derivation of alternative questions
Japanese alternative questions are disjunctions of polar questions
Predicting the distribution of exhaustive inference in a QUD model