Linguistics (2016 cohort)
My MPhil research focuses on genericity at the syntax-semantics interface. I am interested in exploring the different morphosyntactic surface forms of generic subjects in more detail and see how they relate to conceptual expectations that we have about the properties over which they generalize. To explore this further, I will use psycholinguistic methods such as learning paradigms.
In broader terms, this research addresses questions about how we acquire knowledge about the world in general when we individually experience so little of it. Given the linguistic tools with which language provides us, how does the human conceptual make use of them?
Before my MPhil, I completed a BA in English/American Studies and Philosophy at the University of Hamburg in Germany. During my degree, I spent a year studying at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.