Research

Some (but not all) questions I’m interested in:


Modal force and flavor

English modals can express different force: can means possible, must means necessary. They also express different flavors: epistemic, deontic, ability… When, and how, do children figure out these two dimensions?

Acquiring modal force: can vs. must, possible or necessary?

Joint work with Annemarie van Dooren, Ailís Cournane and Valentine Hacquard.

Novel-Word Learning Experiment: what makes it challenging to acquire force?

Joint work with Ailís Cournane and Valentine Hacquard.

Acquiring modal flavor: what kind of possibilities and necessities?

Joint work with Annemarie van Dooren, Ailís Cournane and Valentine Hacquard.

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Modality, Tense and Aspect

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Actuality Entailments of ability modals with perception verbs

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The Temporal Perspective of epistemic modals

Joint work with Annemarie van Dooren.

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Implicatures

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Primary and secondary implicatures

Joint work with Benjamin Spector and Emmanuel Chemla.