My research focuses on how lexical, contextual, and pragmatic factors affect interpretation. I have a longstanding interest in studying types of meaning (e.g., presuppositions, conventional implicatures, conversational implicatures) and providing tests to identify them. I am also interested in how inferential mechanisms in interpretation play a role in semantic change. I currently have several collaborative projects that study syntactic and semantic change in Ibero-Romance, particularly in Portuguese and Spanish. 


  • Language, Linguistics, Portuguese, Spanish, Romance languages


  • Syntax-semantics interface
  • Historical linguistics (syntactic and semantic change)
  • Lexical semantics
  • Romance linguistics
  • Experimental pragmatics

Research interests:

  • Natural language semantics, Formal pragmatics, Experimental pragmatics, Historical linguistics



Research Interests:

  • syntax-semantics interface; language change; romance linguistics; experimental pragmatics language contact
European Studies, Portuguese, Spanish, Cognitive Science, Linguistics
PhD, Ohio State University, Hispanic Linguistics, 2007
MA, University of Coimbra, Linguistics, 1999
BA, University of Coimbra, Classical Languages, 1996
arts and humanities social sciences formal semantics pragmatics experimental pragmatics historical linguistics
English, European Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish
Linguistics Society of America