about

I’m a postdoc & lecturer in the linguistics department at Yale. My recently completed dissertation — At the Intersection of Temporal + Modal interpretation (essays on irreality) — examines a number of semantic phenomena at this (porous) boundary, exhibited in a number of Australian Languages (particularly Australian Kriol and Djambarrpuyŋu.)

Update (May ’21): The circulation copy (current/penult version) can be downloaded here (final version forthcoming; hmu at josh.phillips@yale.edu before citing this one)

At Ubirr (Gaagudju land)

Ubirr (Gaagudju land) + sunburn

I’m primarily interested in semantics of verbal inflectional categories,  in addition to theories of language change and the relationship between these two domains of inquiry (“meaning change”, if you will). I mostly study creole languages and Australian languages (in particular those spoken in Arnhem Land) in view of getting at these questions. I work with, and am primarily advised by, Claire Bowern and am a member of her comparative/historical Pama-Nyungan lab.

This academic year (2021/22), i’m teaching a course on intensional semantics and seminar on meaning change in the fall. In the spring, I’m teaching an introduction to linguistic pragmatics and a course on linguistic diversity & language endangerment.

You can find manuscripts, abstracts, handouts, syllabi etc. here as well as my CV. This website is perpetually under construction…