I teach at Rutgers University in philosophy and cognitive science.
My primary research
interests lie at the intersection of these fields.
For a while now, I have been thinking about how grammatical structure
is related to linguistic meaning, and how words are related to concepts. Events and Semantic Architecture (OUP, 2005) was an initial progress report. In various
papers, often collaborative, I have defended a
nativist approach to the study of human language and an internalist
conception of meaning. A new book--Conjoining Meanings: Semantics without Truth Values, in production with OUP--will appear later this year.
When not teaching, I spend a lot of time here, sometimes doing other things.
Some Recent Talks
(If you find the slides useful, feel free to use them, and likewise for these older talks)
Meaning Internalism and Natural History
Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science, Univ. of Michigan (April 1, 2017 .pptx, .pdf)
Meanings, Concepts, and Natural Kinds: What Were People Thinking?
Rutgers Anniversary (Nov. 10, 1766+250, .pptx .pdf)
Locating Human Meanings: Less Typology, More Constraint
Rutgers Workshop (October 2015, .pptx .pdf)
Univ. of Arizona (October 2015, .pptx .pdf)
Also in Panopto form, thanks to the Arizona linguistics department.
(Check out their other talks.)
Form and Composition
Higginbotham Lecture at USC (2014).
For this talk, in honor of Jim, a handout.
Semantic Framing: the meaning of 'most'
Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Simon Frasier University (2014).
(If you'd like the slides, let me know. But SFU produced a video.)