sfb 833 "bedeutungskonstitution"
The legal variant of "Natasha" is "Natalia". However, only the former is my name. The latter is reserved for paperwork.
I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 833 "Construction of Meaning" at the University of Tübingen.
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 interface between linguistics and philosophy. My work is mostly on formal semantics and pragmatics, branching out to formal syntax and philosophy of language. My narrow interests include the language of subjectivity, 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 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, I explore semantic and syntactic micro-variation in clusters of geographically and/or genetically related languages. The empirical scope includes two projects: (i) wh-scope marking and wh-parentheticals across Slavic and (ii) evidential perfects in the Anatolia-Balkans-Caucasus region.
The third strand explores perspectival properties of predicates of personal taste (e.g. delicious) and aims at a less heavy-handed semantics for such expressions.