Maura O'Leary

Semanticist, Field Researcher, & Teacher

I am a graduate student and teaching assistant at UCLA. My dissertation provides a formal model of nominal evaluation times, including nominal lexical aspect, interaction with scopal tense, interactions with the evaluation times of nominal modifiers, and the dynamic effects of novelty on evaluation times. I additionally do both morphosyntactic and revitalization work with the critically endangered Alaskan Dene (Athabaskan) language Hän. Recently, I have also been working on effective pedagogical methods for teaching and evaluation in university-level linguistics courses.

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Latest News

  • Upcoming: I will be one of four invited speakers at the first Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) Workshop on Inclusive Teaching in Semantics (May 6, 2021).

  • March, 2021: The Hn Revitalization Project just celebrated our first printing! Check out our flashcards and phrasebook here.

  • March, 2021: My paper, "Skills-Based Grading: A novel approach to teaching formal semantics" (with Richard Stockwell), was published. Paper available on this page.

  • February, 2021: Invited talk at UCSD - "Three Facets of Nominal Temporal Information." Handout available on this page.

  • January, 2021: Talks presented at the LSA - "Skills-Based Grading: A novel approach to teaching formal semantics" & "Locality constraints in nominal evaluation times." Handouts, slides, and papers available on this page.

  • December, 2020: Invited talk at UC Berkeley - "Hn Pronominal Prefixes." Slides available on this page.

  • November, 2020: My pedagogy abstract on Skills-Based Grading (with Richard Stockwell) won the LSA's Student Abstract Award! Learn about our project here.

Nominal Evaluation Times

My dissertation, which provides a formal analysis that can predict the available nominal property times for any given noun in any given sentence.