The legal variant of "Natasha" is "Natalia". However, only the former is my name. The latter is reserved for paperwork.
I am a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, affiliated with the Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz, where I am a part of the growing Lakeside Semantics community, and Tübingen's Collaborative Research Center 833 "Construction of meaning", a group that brings together linguists and psychologists.
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 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 narrow interests include subjective language, such as evidentials, modals and predicates of taste; attitude reports and embedding verbs; clausal complementation and parentheticals; and speech acts.
My research program has three main strands. The first strand is on various topics in the semantics of evidentiality, manifested by my UCLA dissertation on the cross-linguistic behavior of evidentials (e.g. allegedly) as opposed to other context-sensitive phenomena, with focus on their behavior in questions and in the complements of propositional attitude predicates (e.g. think).
In the second strand, which is the topic of my Humboldt grant, I explore micro-variation in a novel empirical domain: wh-scope marking and interrogative parentheticals in Slavic. The project has two main goals: (i) establish reasons for syntactic variation across Slavic, and (ii) examine the pragmatics of interrogative parentheticals.
The third 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.