I am a Lecturer in Formal Semantics in the Linguistics department at Queen Mary University of London. My research focuses on formal semantics and its interfaces, and draws on both English and cross-linguistic data. I also work in experimental semantics and pragmatics. Before coming to London, I obtained my PhD at Harvard, and then moved to Berlin to take up a research position at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS).

Much of my research has focused on attitude reports, perspective, and the de se. My PhD thesis, titled The Sense of Self: Topics in the Semantics of De Se Expressions, is available at the semantics archive. I have also worked on topics related to plurality, the cross-linguistic semantics of comparatives, presupposition and implicature. More about these projects can be found under the Publications tab, and I welcome comments at h.pearson@qmul.ac.uk.

I'm an Associate Editor of Semantics and Pragmatics, and a Co-Editor of Linguistic Inquiry Squibs and Discussion. I am also currently Convenor of the MA in Linguistics at Queen Mary. Please drop me an email to find out more about our programme!

Recent manuscripts
  • 'Attitude verbs', handbook chapter available at the semantics archive. (To appear in Semantics Companion).
  • 'Three puzzles about de se', available at the semantics archive. (To appear in Making Worlds Accessible, a Festschrift for Angelika Kratzer).

Recent publications

Recent and upcoming talks, conferences, workshops and summer schools.
  • I will be teaching a course on Perspective at the DGfS Summer School on Experimental Pragmatics: Theory, Methods, Interfaces in Berlin, August 2019!
  • Constraints on Counteridenticals. Institut Jean-Nicod Linguistics Seminar Series, January 2019.
  • On De Se Binding. Invited talk, Semantics and Philosophy in Europe, December 2018.
  • Logophoricity and anaphora in counteridentical sentences. Invited talk, Logophoricity and Perspectivization in Wackershofen, October 2018.

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