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My research focuses on the semantics of natural language, and its interface with syntax and pragmatics, typically from a cross-linguistic perspective. The topics I have worked on can be classified under four broad categories: Questions and relative clauses; Bare nominals and genericity; Free choice items; Syntactic structure of Hindi.

My current projects include:

  • A Hitchhiker’s Guide to (In)definiteness: Case Studies in Languages without Articles, an edited volume exploring the relationship between the morpho-syntax of noun phrases and their possible interpretations in seven languages.
  • L2 acquisition of the article system by L1 speakers of article-less languages, jointly with Gita Martohardjono, CUNY Second Language Acquisition Lab.
  • Bare Noun Phrases, Genericity and (In)definiteness: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective, a theoretical study of cross-linguistic variation in the nominal domain, in preparation for Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Wh Scope-taking in Questions, a study of different aspects of scope taking involved in the interpretation of questions, with particular attention to multiple wh constructions, in preperation for Linguistic Inquiry Monographs.
  • (Quasi-)subordination and speech acts, with special reference to how interrogative meanings are built up and how they are used as direct and indirect questions.
  • Differences between ever-free relatives and any with respect to epistemic modality, and the contribution of the Hindi-Urdu additive particle bhii to negative polarity and free choice readings.
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