This is the website of a logician, working at the interface of mathematics, linguistics and philosophy. My job is to find patterns in natural language, model these patterns mathematically, and thereby inform questions in the philosophy of language. In short, I care about how we can use logic to explain our language and explain our logic by examining our language. My basic contention is the primacy of dialogue: that if we are looking to language for answers, we should look to language in interaction, in context—in dialogue.
My main research interest is the study of the speech act of rejection and what it means for both philosophy and linguistics, particularly regarding inferentialist bilateral semantics. Aside from this, I am interested in the foundations of speech act theory (such as norms of assertion or the notion of commitment) and intonation in dialogue (what it means for our appreciation of written examples, and how we can formally model its interpretation). I used to work in pure mathematics and made some minor contributions to Set Theory and Formal Mathematics. See my research or my papers for details.
A full CV can be downloaded (PDF) here.
Visiting address: Room F1.13 / Building F / Science Park 107 / 1098 XG Amsterdam.
Mailing address: ILLC / Universiteit van Amsterdam / P.O. Box 94242 / 1090 GE Amsterdam.
Winter 2017: Formal Pragmatics (Lecturer) course schedule
Winter 2017: Meaning, Reference and Modality (Assistant to Paul Dekker)