About

I am a post-doctoral researcher at Florian Schwarz's Lab at UPenn.

My research investigates the notion of non-bivalence in natural languages, both from a theoretical and an experimental point of view. My work has focused on the phenomena of vagueness and presupposition. I am also interested in phenomena of scalarity in natural languages, and more particularly in the typology of gradable adjectives.

As of recently, I have developed research interests in how the extent to which meaning is lexically encoded affects both pragmatic interpretation and semantic change. I am interested in the role of underspecification and coercion, in presuppositional adverbs (e.g. French encore is ambiguous between still and again) and in scalar expressions (e.g. children's use of warmer to mean less hot vs 'warm up' of same meaning in Thai vs plus tiède 'more lukewarm' in French).

I completed a PhD in Linguistics at the Institut Jean Nicod (ENS) in 2014 under the joint supervision of Paul Égré and Orin Percus. My dissertation, entitled "Vagueness, Presupposition and Truth Value Judgments", proposes and experimentally tests a 4- and a 5-valued logical system designed to jointly address vagueness and presupposition.

As part of my work as an experimentalist in Florian Schwarz's Lab, I have been implementing experiments using the online software Ibex, developed by Alex Drummond. In January 2018, we received a research grant from the University of Pennsylvania to consolidate them into a user-friendly library, PennController.