Professional interests and current projects

My main interests are in the areas of meaning (semantics and pragmatics), and its relation to form (morphology and syntax). I am particularly interested in variation in meaning and variation across languages (crosslinguistic semantics). In semantics, I study the concepts of truth and (non)veridicality, epistemic commitment, and context sensitivity, and recently I have also been intrigued by expressive content. I have studied extensively a number of phenomena in the Greek syntax-semantics interface, and have moved on to experimental linguistics (processing of indefinites, negative polarity items, ERP studies), sign languages, linguistic properties of home sign, and bilingualism. 

            I would group the phenomena I have studied in four main subject areas: (a) polarity, (b) quantification, quantifier structure and indefinites, (c) tense/modality, and (d) focus particles (in particular EVEN) . In earlier papers, I have also studied Greek ellipsis, and clitics. Newer interests include metalinguistic comparatives, ability modals, the future, bilingualism, home-sign, and historical study of Greek negation and mood. Specific topics include the following.

1.      Negation, polarity (negative polarity, negative concord, free choice);

2.     Narrow scope indefinites, referential vagueness;

3.     Quantification and noun phrase structure, specificity, clitics;

4.     Tense, aspect, temporal connectives, the perfect, genericity;

5.     Dependent tense and mood; mood selection

6.     Focus and topicalization, focus particles, focus and scalarity;

7.     Ellipsis (DP internal ellipsis, sluicing);

8.     Wh-structures (questions, free relative clauses, pseudoclefts)

9.     Metalinguistic comparatives in Greek and Korean

10.  Context sensitivity of quantifiers; domain dependence versus specificity

Languages I have worked on: Modern Greek (my main focus), Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Basque. I have published in English, Greek, and Dutch.