I studied for my undergraduate degree, a BA in Cognitive Science, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I then attended the University of Edinburgh on a Commonwealth Scholarship. I completed an MPhil there, in the Centre for Cognitive Science, which is now part of the School of Informatics. I obtained a PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 2004. I lectured for two years at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, before joining the Institute of Cognitive Science and the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University in 2006. In 2010, I won the Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation of the Province of Ontario. I joined the University of Oxford and Jesus College in 2011. My publications include The Logic of Pronominal Resumption, published by Oxford University Press (2012), and Lexical-Functional Syntax (2nd ed.), published by Wiley-Blackwell (2016).
Semantics, pragmatics, general linguistics (prelims).
Formal foundations of linguistics, semantics, pragmatics.
Semantics, pragmatics, syntax, cognitive science, language and logic, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics
The tradition of linguistics that I work in seeks to properly characterize knowledge of language. Language is viewed as a complex mental capacity that can be profitably studied as a formal system. Given the complexity of language, a promising approach is to break the overall system down into smaller sub-systems and to study properties of these systems and interactions between systems.