I’m a 5th year PhD student at New York University working in neuro-/pyscho-linguistics and first language acquisition on topics related to the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface. My research investigates how people express and process information at the discourse level, and how this ability develops throughout childhood. Topics of interest include discourse structures and elements that vary in the type of information that they contribute to the discourse: modality (expressing possibilities and certainty), counterfactuality (expressing information counter to reality), negation, discourse particles and rhetorical questions (marking attitude, intention and certainty).
I am part of the Neuroscience of Language Lab working with Liina Pylkkänen and the Child Language Lab working with Ailís Cournane. Currently I’m working on the neural correlates of modality and belief updating, naturalistic discourse processing in adults and children and on the development of counterfactual interpretations in children. My dissertation is on (non-actual) discourse updating and the representation of possibilities in children and adults. I’m also involved in several collaborative projects looking at the acquisition of linguistic modality, production and perception of rhetorical question intonation and structure of the left periphery.