Curt Anderson

DFG SFB 991: The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

About Me

Hi, I'm Curt Anderson. I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher with SFB 991 at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. In my project, I am investigating the mechanisms of composition involved with attributive adjectives and the nominals they modify (see the project page for more information).

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the representation of linguistic meaning, and how linguistic meaning interfaces with other linguistic systems, especially syntax, the lexicon, and conceptual structure. Currently, I'm involved in work examining interactions between the lexical semantics of adjectives and the nouns they modify. Recent work of mine on attributive adjectives has focused on the representation of relational adjectives, how they differ from property adjectives, and how some relational adjectives have meanings that are related to roles. I'm also involved in projects looking at what meaning intonation carries in exclamatives, how context influences the choice of referent in nominalizations, and how to use computational linguistic methods in theoretical linguistic (especially lexical semantic) research.

In some previous projects of mine, I have looked at the use of modifiers that allow approximate meanings to arise, non-canonical uses of some in exclamative constructions and approximation, and children's understanding of telicity.

I completed my PhD in Linguistics at Michigan State University in May 2016. In my dissertation I examined intensification and attenuation in English through the lens of exclamatives, approximation, and slack regulation.

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