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 I am a part of a lively Lakeside Semantics community. Until recently, I was also an associate member of the SFB 833 "Construction of meaning" (University of Tübingen), a group that brings together linguists and psychologists.

My pronouns are she/her. I am a vegetarian and I've been commuting by bike since 2010, including in Los Angeles.

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 and first-person content, as well as everything in between. The specific topics I have worked on include evidentiality, modality, predicates of personal taste, attitude reports, clausal complementation, parentheticals, speech acts, and non-canonical questions. My research program is described in greater detail here, and most current projects revolve around one of the following issues: (i) the universals and variation in the evidential domain, (ii) the semantics and metasemantics of taste, and (iii) non-canonical interrogatives across Slavic. The full CV is here.

recent and upcoming

  • Summer 2021. "An opinionated guide to predicates of personal taste". Class at the 32nd European Summer School in Language, Logic and Information (ESSLLI), Utrecht University. (w/ P.Anand) [Moved from 2020 to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic]
  • October 2020. "Find, must and conflicting evidence". Talk at the workshop "Modal inferences", University of Enna "Kore", Italy. (w/ P.Anand)
  • September 2020. "Find, must and conflicting evidence". Talk at Sinn und Bedeutung 25, hosted virtually by University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). (w/ P.Anand)
  • July 2020. "The notional category of evidentiality". Invited class at the Web Summer School for Logic, Language, and Information (WESSLLI), a virtual school organized by the Brandeis University; in lieu of NASSLLI, moved to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [class page]
  • April 2020. "The subjective heart of evidentiality". Talk at the workshop "Semantic Universals in the Modal and Attitudinal Domain", GLOW 43, organized by ZAS and the Humboldt University of Berlin, and held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [video & handout]
  • April 2020. Published in Semantics & Pragmatics. "Evidential meaning and (not-)at-issueness". [paper]
  • March 2020. "Subjective attitudes and direct experience". Invited talk at Colloquium of the Formal Linguistics Research Group (GLiF), University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
  • January 2020. "Must, find, and conflicting evidence". Invited talk at the Colloquium of the General and Theoretical Linguistics, University of Tübingen.
  • December 2019. "Evidentiality and (not-)at-issue content". Invited talk at the Oberseminar English Linguistics, University of Tübingen.
  • September 2019. Published in Linguistic Inquiry (online first). "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 co-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.