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Ph.D. in Linguistics (2016, UCLA)

I am a post-doctoral researcher associated with the Time in Translation project at Utrecht University.

I'm a semanticist, working on topics such as focus, conditionals, intonation, tense, and mathematical linguistics.

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Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS)
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3512 JK Utrecht


## 'Still' as an additive particle in conditionals

This paper analyzes the behavior of still in subjunctive conditionals. It presents a novel three-way empirical distinction that shows that in certain counterfactual contexts, still behaves like an additive particle. I provide a unified analysis for aspectual still, still in semifactuals, and a third use newly introduced here. I propose a revision of the standard event-based semantics of aspectual still (Ippolito 2007) in order to make it embeddable under modal operators.

## Words and numbers: how linguistics and mathematics interact

Talk at the Cognitive Science Student Association at UCLA.

## Dissertation

My dissertation "Counterfactuality in discourse" (UCLA, June 2016) investigates the effect of discourse on counterfactual inferences in conditionals. I provide novel data that illustrate the focus-sensitivity of counterfactual inferences: in combination with certain focus particles, and when pronounced with certain intonation contours, counterfactual conditionals do not trigger some counterfactual inferences that would otherwise arise. In the analysis I propose, the link between the topic-focus structure of conditionals and the generation of counterfactual inferences lies in the pragmatic phenomenon of conditional perfection (the strengthening of conditionals into biconditionals).