Maura O'Leary

Semanticist, Field Researcher, & Teacher

I am a graduate student and teaching assistant at UCLA and a lecturer at SDSU. My dissertation (defended Dec. 9th, 2021) 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 equitable and inclusive pedagogical methods for teaching and evaluation in university-level linguistics courses.

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  • June 2022: I got a grant from the UCLA Center for the Advancement of Teaching for the Diverse Names Generator project (page coming soon).

  • June 2022: I graduated with my doctorate from UCLA!

  • May 2022: I have accepted a 3-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at Swarthmore College!

  • May 2022: I have filed my dissertation!

  • March 2022: My manuscript "Implementing Skills-Based Grading in a Linguistics Course" (with Richard Stockwell) was accepted for publication in this year's edition of Teaching American Speech.

  • March 2022: The UCLA Department of Linguistics has hired me to edit the materials for their course Ling 1: Introduction to the Study of Language for equitability and inclusivity.

  • March 2022: I presented a talk on Skills-Based Grading at the UCLA Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences' (CEILS) Journal Club for STEM Education Research

  • January 2022: I have accepted an offer to teach Semantics and Pragmatics at San Diego State University for the Spring 2022 term.



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.