I investigate what looks like a proleptic construction in Modern Greek, where an attitude verb takes an accusative object, followed by a complement clause. The latter has an obligatorily co-referring with the accusative object pronoun. This ressembles prolepsis in many ways, except that the accusative object can be read opaquely. The puzzle is that the accusative object, which syntactically is not part of the embedded clause, can nonetheless be read in the scope of the attitude verb. I outline two different proposals, one solving the puzzle with the machinery of semantic lowering, and one arguing for a covert CAUSE verb in between the attitude verb and the complement clause. I show that the accusative object is the subject of the covert causative, and that under this analysis the semantic interpretations are completely expected given syntactic scope.
Hidden causality in Modern Greek, talk at at MIT's Logical Form Reading Group (LFRG). 2023
poster at Sinn und Bedeutung 27, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. 2022
poster at the 4th Creteling Summer School of Linguistics, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece. 2022
talk at MIT's Logical Form Reading Group (LFRG). 2022
Tense semantics & Fieldwork
My M.Sc. thesis, Embedded Tense: Insights from Modern Greek, was co-supervised by Philippe Schlenker and Amir Anvari. It was conducted at the Institut Jean Nicod (IJN) laboratory of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and funded by the ERC grant Sources of Meaning (PI: Philippe Shclenker). You can find the abstract below:
The future in desire: the case of Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian [slides]
Invited talk at the Syntax and Semantics Babble at UC San Diego. 2023
Talk at MIT's Logical Form Reading Group (LFRG). 2023
Dispositional 'will' is 'want' in Colloquial Jakarta Indonesian [slides]
Proceedings of the 30th AFLA, Lund University, Sweden. 2024+
Talk at 30th annual meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA), Lund University (Sweden). 2023
Anaphora & Co-speech gestures
As part of the Meaning & Modality Lab at Harvard, Kathryn Davidson and I experimentally investigate whether co-speech gestures can license complement anaphora (e.g. Few students came to class. They stayed home) with upward monotone quantifiers (e.g. most, some). This project is motivated by the behaviour of non-default loci in ASL, which license complement anaphora with upward monotone quantifiers (Schlenker 2012). We find that iconic co-speech gestures can have the same effect, suggesting that the ASL facts are modality-independent and that there is a common cognitive mechanism interpreting iconicity both in loci and in gesture. We suggest that iconic co-speech gestures trigger iconic inferences of existence, just like iconic loci in sign language (Kuhn 2020).
Effects of iconicity and monotonicity on licensing complement anaphora (with Kathryn Davidson) [slides]
Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 28, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. 2024+
Invited talk at the NYU Meaning after the Multimodal Revolution Seminar, NYU. 2023
Talk at Sinn und Bedeutung 28. 2023
Invited talk at UC Berkeley Syntax & Semantics Circle. 2023
Talk at Meaning & Modality Lab at Harvard. 2023
Definiteness in clausal subjects
Katya Morgunova and I show that, at least for some speakers, the D-layer (definite article to) in clausal subjects in Greek is optional, and can only be preferred/dis-preferred in certain environments. We argue that its distribution is governed by semantic and pragmatic considerations rather than syntactic ones, contrary to previous claims in the literature. We propose that the D-layer in clausal subjects introduces a presupposition that the proposition it modifies is consistent with the beliefs of the speaker.
Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society 59 (CLS 59), University of Chicago. 2024+
Poster at the Chicago Linguistics Society 59. 2023
Poster at the 47th Penn Linguistics Conference. 2023
Exclusivity of disjunction
I participated as a research assistant at the Logic across languages: expressing and interpreting connectives cross-linguistically (CrossConn) project of Andreea Cristina Nicolae at the Leibniz-Centre of General Linguistics (ZAS). The aim of the project is to compare natural language connectives cross-linguistically with boolean/logical ones. We designed and run an experiment to test the extent to which various disjunctive particles give rise to exclusive interpretations. The experiment was translated and ran in English, French, Modern Greek, Russian, Romanian and Turkish.
Exclusivity of Disjunction(s): A Cross-Linguistic Study. With Andreea Nicolae (first author), Aliona Petrenco, and Paul Marty. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 28, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. 2024+ [slides]