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(p. xviii) (p. xix) List of Contributors

(p. xviii) (p. xix) List of Contributors

Rebekah Baglini is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at Stanford. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2015. Baglini’s work focuses on crosslinguistic variation in the lexicon and its implications for semantic ontology and model theory. She has written extensively on property concepts and the relationship between gradability and stativity, and is currently researching the understudied lexical category of ideophones: sound symbolic words which convey manner or intensity. She is also a fieldworker, specializing in the Senegambian language Wolof.

Neil Cohn is an assistant professor at the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication at Tilburg University. He is internationally recognized for his research on the overlap of the structure and cognition of sequential images and language. His books, The Visual Language of Comics (Bloomsbury, 2013) and The Visual Narrative Reader (Bloomsbury, 2016), introduce a broad framework for studying visual narratives in the linguistic and cognitive sciences. His work is online at

Bridget Copley is a Senior Researcher at the laboratory Structures Formelles du Langage, jointly affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Université Paris 8. Her research interests include causation, aspect, futures, and modality at the grammatical–conceptual and syntax–semantics interfaces. She received her PhD in 2002 from the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of The Semantics of the Future (Routledge, 2009) and the co-editor, with Fabienne Martin, of Causation in Grammatical Structures (Oxford University Press, 2014).

James Donaldson is a PhD student in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently working on anaphora and ellipsis.

Berit Gehrke is a staff member in the Slavistics department of Humboldt University, Berlin. She received her PhD in 2008 from Utrecht, with a dissertation on the semantics and syntax of prepositions and motion events. She has worked on topics including event semantics, event structure, argument structure, and modification. Her publications include the edited volumes Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P (Benjamins, 2006, with Anna Asbury, Jakub Dotlačil, and Rick Nouwen), Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event Predicates (Springer, 2013, with Boban Arsenijević and Rafael Marín), and The Syntax and Semantics of Pseudo-Incorporation (Brill, 2015, with Olga Borik).

(p. xx) Nikolas Gisborne is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD in Linguistics from University College London in 1996. His interests include event structure and lexical semantics, and the ways in which events and their participants are linguistically represented. He is the author of The Event Structure of Perception Verbs (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Ten Lectures on Event Structure in a Network Theory of Language (Brill, 2019).

Hans Kamp was Professor of Formal Logic and Philosophy of Language in the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Linguistics (IMS) until his retirement from the University in 2009. Currently Kamp is senior research fellow at Stuttgart University and visiting professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Philosophy of the University of Texas at Austin. The main foci in Kamp’s work have been: temporal logic (in particular Kamp’s Theorem), vagueness and the semantics of adjectives, presupposition, the semantics of free choice, temporal reference and discourse semantics, and the mental representation of content. Much of his work since 1980 has been carried out within the framework of Discourse Representation Theory.

Andrew Kehler is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. His primary research foci are discourse interpretation and pragmatics, studied from the perspectives of theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics. His publications include Coherence, Reference, and the Theory of Grammar (2002) and numerous articles on topics such as ellipsis, discourse anaphora, and discourse coherence.

Christopher Kennedy received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1997 and is currently the William H. Colvin Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. His research addresses topics in semantics and pragmatics, the syntax–semantics interface, and philosophy of language primarily through an exploration of the grammar and use of expressions that encode scalar meaning, and engages methodologically and theoretically with work in other areas of cognitive science.

Beth Levin is the William H. Bonsall Professor in the Humanities and Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. Her work investigates the lexical semantic representation of events and the ways in which English and other languages morphosyntactically express events and their participants. She is the author of English Verb Classes and Alternations: A Preliminary Investigation (University of Chicago Press, 1993) and she also coauthored with Malka Rappaport Hovav Unaccusativity: At the Syntax–Lexical Semantics Interface (MIT Press, 1995) and Argument Realization (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Lisa Levinson is an associate professor at Oakland University and received her PhD from NYU in 2007. She works on morphosemantics, trying to better understand what the atomic units of compositional semantics are, and the extent to which they can be mapped to atomic morphosyntactic constituents. She has published articles in multiple volumes and the journals Natural Language & Linguistic Theory and Syntax.

(p. xxi) Terje Lohndal is Professor of English linguistics at NTNU The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and holds a 20 percent Adjunct Professorship at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He works on the syntax–semantics interface from a comparative perspective, drawing on data from both monolingual and multilingual individuals. Lohndal has published articles in journals such as Linguistic Inquiry, Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Semantics, and in 2014 published the monograph Phrase Structure and Argument Structure: A Case Study of the Syntax–Semantics Interface with Oxford University Press.

Claudia Maienborn is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of German Language and Literature at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is the author of Situation und Lokation (1996) and Die logische Form von Kopula-Sätzen (2003), and is co-editor with Klaus von Heusinger and Paul Portner of Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning (de Gruyter, 2011/2012). Her research focuses on event semantics, modification, meaning adaptions at the semantics–pragmatics interface, and the cognitive foundation of semantic structures and operations.

Anita Mittwoch has a doctorate in linguistics from the London University of Oriental & African Studies. She is a retired member of the faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University, department of Linguistics.

Friederike Moltmann is research director at the French Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and in recent years has been visiting researcher at New York University. Her research focuses on the interface between natural language semantics and philosophy (metaphysics, but also philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics). She received a PhD in 1992 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught both linguistics and philosophy at various universities in the US, the UK, France, and Italy.

Martin Paczynski, until his untimely death in 2018, was a Cognitive Neuroscientist at Wright State Research Institute, affiliated with Wright State University. He received his PhD in Psychology from Tufts University in 2012, focusing on ERP studies of event structure, aspect, and animacy. He subsequently worked on the effects of low-intensity stress (and its amelioration) on perceptual and cognitive performance. Memorials can be found at

Gillian Ramchand is Professor of Linguistics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, where she has worked since 2004, after being University Lecturer in General Linguistics at Oxford University for ten years. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 1993, and holds BScs in Mathematics and in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988). Her research work lies at the interface of syntax and formal semantics, primarily in the domain of verbal meaning. Her language interests include English, Scottish Gaelic, Bengali, and the Scandinavian languages.

(p. xxii) Tova Rapoport is senior lecturer in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her current research deals with the interaction of lexical specification with secondary predicates and adverbials in Hebrew, Negev Bedouin, and Levantine Arabic. She has developed a theory of the lexicon–syntax interface, Atom Theory, together with Nomi Erteschik-Shir, and has co-edited with her a collection exploring the lexicon–syntax interface, The Syntax of Aspect (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Malka Rappaport Hovav holds the Henya Sharef Chair in Humanities and is Professor of Linguistics and the Director of the Language, Logic, and Cognition Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on the lexical semantic representation of argument-taking predicates, and its interface with conceptual structure and morphosyntax. She is the co-author with Beth Levin of Unaccusativity: At the Syntax–Lexical Semantics Interface (MIT Press, 1995) and Argument Realization (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Tal Siloni is a professor of Linguistics at Tel Aviv University. Her major areas of research are syntactic theory and comparative syntax with particular reference to Semitic and Romance languages, the lexicon–syntax interface, argument structure, idioms, and nominalizations.

Mark Steedman is Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, he taught as Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, which he joined as Associate Professor in 1988, after teaching at the Universities of Warwick and Edinburgh. His PhD is in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin in 1980/81, and a Visiting Professor at Penn in 1986/87. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Association for Computational Linguistics, and the Cognitive Science Society, and a Member of the European Academy. Much of his current NLP research is addressed to probabilistic parsing and robust semantics for question-answering using the CCG grammar formalism, including the acquisition of language from paired sentences and meanings by child and machine.

Richmond H. Thomason has taught at Yale University, the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a Professor of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He has written two logic textbooks, and edited several books in areas related to logic and linguistics.

Lisa deMena Travis completed her PhD at MIT in 1984 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. Her research focuses mainly on phrase structure, head movement, language typology, Austronesian languages (in particular, Malagasy and Tagalog), and the interface between syntax and phonology. Recent publications include Inner Aspect: The Articulation of VP (Springer, 2010), The (p. xxiii) Oxford Handbook of Ergativity (Oxford University Press, 2017: co-editor with Jessica Coon and Diane Massam), and The Structure of Words at the Interfaces (Oxford University Press, 2017: co-editor with Heather Newell, Máire Noonan, and Glyne Piggott).

Robert Truswell is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh, and Adjunct Professor in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, where he was Assistant Professor from 2011 to 2014. He works on many aspects of syntax, semantics, and their interface, as well as syntactic and semantic change, and topics related to the evolution of language. His previous publications include the monograph Events, Phrases, and Questions (Oxford University Press, 2011), and the edited volumes Syntax and its Limits (Oxford University Press, 2014, with Raffaella Folli and Christina Sevdali) and Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax (Oxford University Press, 2017, with Éric Mathieu).

Henk J. Verkuyl is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Utrecht University. His main research interest has been the semantics of tense and aspect, resulting in work including On the Compositional Nature of the Aspects (1972), A Theory of Aspectuality (1993), Aspectual Issues (1999), and Binary Tense (2008). He is one of the authors hiding behind the pseudonym L.T.F. Gamut in Logic, Language and Meaning (1992). He also hides behind the pseudonym Dr. Verschuyl (lit. Dr. Hyde; the Dutch verb verschuilen = hide in English) with his Cryptogrammatica, a booklet about the linguistic principles of the crossword; see the chapter ‘Word Puzzles’ in the Oxford University Press Handbook of the Word (ed. John R. Taylor). (p. xxiv)