name

The legal variant of "Natasha" is "Natalia". The former is my name, and the latter is reserved for paperwork.

contact

Linguistics Department, PO D-191
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Germany

about

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Linguistics Department at the University of Konstanz, where I am part of the project Universal preferences for natural concepts. Until recently, I was also an associate member of the SFB 833 "Construction of meaning" (University of Tübingen), a group that brings together linguists and psychologists.

My pronouns are she/her. I am a vegetarian and I've been commuting by bike since 2010, including in Los Angeles.

My work is mostly on formal semantics and formal pragmatics. I also have additional interests in formal syntax and analytic philosophy, especially philosophy of language and epistemology. My research program in broad strokes is on the nature of cross-linguistic variation, on the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics, and on the synthesis between linguistics and philosophy.

My major interests are epistemic commitments and first-person content, as well as everything in between. The specific topics I have worked on include evidentiality, modality, predicates of personal taste, attitude reports, clausal complementation, parentheticals, speech acts, and non-canonical questions. My research program is described in greater detail here, and most current projects revolve around one of the following issues: (i) the universals and variation in the evidential domain, (ii) the semantics and metasemantics of taste, and (iii) non-canonical interrogatives across Slavic. The full CV is here.

recent and upcoming

  • June 2022. TBA. Invited talk at the workshop Subjectivity in semantic interpretation at NASSLLI, University of Southern California. (w/ Pranav Anand)
  • June 2022. "Futurity, evidentiality and modality: Cross-disciplinary perspectives". Class at NASSLLI, University of Southern California. (w/ Fabrizio Cariani)
  • February 2022. "Hearsay and (non-)commitment". Talk at the workshop Commitments in Grammar and Discourse at the 44th Meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS), University of Tübingen.
  • September 2021. Published in Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 25. "Find, must and conflicting evidence". (w/ Pranav Anand) [paper]
  • August 2021. Published in Linguistics and Philosophy. "How to theorize about subjective language: a lesson from de re". (w/ Pranav Anand) [paper]
  • July 2021. "An opinionated guide to the language of opinion". Class at the 32nd European Summer School in Language, Logic and Information (ESSLLI), organzied by Utrecht University. (w/ Pranav Anand)
  • June 2021. "Hearsay and (non-)commitment". Keynote talk at the Triple A workshop, organized by the National University of Singapore. [video]
  • June 2021. "Find, must and conflicting evidence". Invited talk at Colloquium of the English Department, University of Stuttgart, Germany. (based on joint work w/ Pranav Anand)
  • April 2021. "Find, must and conflicting evidence". Invited talk at Linguistics Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. (based on joint work w/ Pranav Anand)