name

The legal variant of "Natasha" is "Natalia". The former is my name, and the latter is reserved for paperwork.

contact

Linguistics Department, PO D-191
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Germany

about

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz, where we have a lively Lakeside Semantics community. I am also an associate member of the Collaborative Research Center 833 "Construction of meaning", a group that brings together linguists and psychologists.

My work is mostly on formal semantics and formal pragmatics. I also have additional interests in formal syntax and analytic philosophy, especially philosophy of language and epistemology. My research program in broad strokes is on understanding how and why languages differ and what is universal in natural language, on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics, and on the synthesis between linguistics and philosophy.

My major interests are epistemic commitments, subjective language and everything in between, and my research program has three main strands. The first strand is on various topics in the semantics of evidentiality, linguistic marking of information source. Based on data from a range of languages, I argue that evidentials belong to the class of subjective expressions and attribute to them a unified semantics of first-person mental states. Drawing on philosophical research on self-knowledge, I further argue that the linguistic subjectivity of evidentials is rooted in the non-linguistic properties of the cognitive processes they describe.

The second strand (in joint work with Pranav Anand) is on semantics and metasemantics of taste. It explores linguistic and non-linguistic properties of Predicates of Personal Taste (PPTs), such as delicious. The overarching goal is to understand how natural language conceptualizes taste and what makes PPTs special: the semantics, the pragmatics, or the epistemology and psychology of taste.

In the third strand, I explore biased questions in a novel empirical domain: Slavic languages. Questions with espitemic bias, which are used to confirm or rejct an idea the speaker has, have attracted a lot of attention in the recent literature. However, with few exceptions, much of the work in this area has been conducted on the material of English, German and French. Cross-linguistic research is pivotal for semantics and pragmatics, and in this strand, I seek to redress this empirical gap by looking at discourse particles associated with question bias across Slavic.

Output of the projects above is described in greater detail here, and my full CV is here.

recent and upcoming

  • August 2020. "An opinionated guide to predicates of personal taste". Class at the 32nd European Summer School in Language, Logic and Information (ESSLLI), University of Utrecht. (w/ P.Anand)
  • July 2020. "The notional category of evidentiality". Weekend intensive class at the 9th North American Summer School for Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) , Brandeis University.
  • March 2020. "The subjective heart of evidentiality". Talk at the workshop "Semantic Universals in the Modal and Attitudinal Domain", GLOW 43, Berlin.
  • March 2020. Accepted for publication in Semantics & Pragmatics. "Evidential meaning and (not-)at-issueness".[paper]
  • March 2020. "Subjective attitudes and direct experience". Colloquium of the formal linguistics group, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
  • January 2020. "Must, find, and conflicting evidence". Colloquium of the General and Theoretical Linguistics, University of Tübingen.
  • September 2019. Accepted for publication in Linguistic Inquiry. "The embedding puzzle: Constraints on evidentials in complement clauses". [paper]
  • August 2019. "Speech reports". Class at the 31st European Summer School in Language, Logic and Information (ESSLLI), University of Latvia, Riga. (w/ P.Anand). Course materials available upon request.
  • June 2019. "Expressing evidence". Workshop organized with Todor Koev, Sven Lauer and Regine Eckardt, University of Konstanz.
  • May 2019. "Find". Talk at the workshop "Evaluative language", Ecole Normale Supriéure, Paris. (w/ P.Anand)
  • March 2019. "Hearsay and (non-)commitment". Invited talk at Semantics Babble, University of California, San Diego.
  • January 2019. "The subjective heart of evidentiality''. Invited talk at the Colloquium of the Formal Linguistics Research Group (GLiF), University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
  • November 2018. "The subjective heart of evidentiality''. Invited talk at the Oberseminar English Linguistics, University of Göttingen.
  • July 2018. "Acquaintance content and obviation". Uli Sauerland and Stephanie Solt (eds.), Proceedings Sinn und Bedeutung 22, ZAS, Berlin. (w/ P.Anand). [paper]
  • June 2018. "An opinionated guide to predicates of personal taste". Class at North American Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (NASSLLI) 2018, Carnegie Mellon University. (w/ P.Anand). Course materials available upon request.
  • June 2018. "Less is more: revisiting interrogative flip". Talk at the workshop "Meaning in non-canonical questions", University of Konstanz. [slides]
  • April 2018. "Preference for single events guides perception in Russian: A phoneme restoration study". Talk at the 54th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago. (w/ J.Harris).