I'm a graduate student in the Linguistics Department at the University of Chicago. I'm also a graduate of the Law School.

My research primarily addresses questions in semantics and pragmatics. In particular, I'm interested in phenomena at the border of standard truth-conditional semantics. My dissertation uses social choice theory, the branch of economics concerning collective decision-making, to explain linguistic vagueness. I'm also interested in what linguistic theory has to tell us about legal interpretation.

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Semantic indecision. (draft)

Grinsell, Timothy W. 2014. Unlikey imperfectives. In Proceedings of SALT 24. 395-413. (preprint)

Grinsell, Timothy W. 2014. Linguistics and legislative intent. Online at SSRN.

Grinsell, Timothy W. 2012. Avoiding predicate whiplash: social choice theory and linguistic vagueness. In Proceedings of SALT 22. 424-40. (preprint)

Grinsell, Timothy W. 2012. Russian imperfective imperatives. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 16. 279-92. (preprint)

Grinsell, Timothy W. 2010. Lithuanian modal comparatives: implication for the syntax and semantics of comparison. In Proceedings of FASL 19. (preprint)

Bochnak, M. Ryan, Timothy W. Grinsell, and Alan Yu. 2011. Copula agreement and the stage-level/individual-level distinction in Washo. In Alexis Black and Meagan Louie (eds.) Proceedings of Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas 16, 1-10.

Proceedings of the 46th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. 2014. Eds. Rebekah Baglini, Timothy Grinsell, Jonathan Keane, Adam Singerman, and Julia Thomas Swan.


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