About

My name is Anastasia Tsilia and I am a third year PhD student at MIT Linguistics. Before that, I did a M.Sc. in Cognitive Science (Cogmaster), co-hosted by École Normale Supérieure and École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. There, I double-majored in linguistics and philosophy and my M.Sc. thesis, entitled Embedded Tense: Insights from Modern Greek, was co-supervised by Philippe Schlenker and Amir Anvari. Even before that, I did my B.A. in Philosophy & Logic at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

My broad research interests are semantics, computational complexity, the syntax-semantic interface, pragmatics, iconicity and gestures. 

More narrowly, I am interested in tense semantics,  and specifically in the typology and the cross-linguistic aspect of sequence of tense, shiftable tense, future markers, and temporal pronouns. I also work on the syntax-semantic interface, investigating the semantics of proleptic constructions, and definiteness. Finally, I am interested in the compositionality of co-speech gestures, as well as their interaction with negation. My latest project relates to the computational complexity of semantic representations. 

Outside of linguistics, I like watching movies, visiting exhibitions, and traveling.