Eli Sharf


I'm a third-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. Before graduate school, I studied both linguistics and computer science at Brown University, and then worked on NLU (Natural Language Understanding) at Google for five years.

My research lies within semantics, pragmatics, and their interface. It broadly aims to understand how conversation-level information is encoded in the grammar of various languages, with the goal of developing more substantive theories about this interface. In particular, I have worked extensively on the information structural notions of focus and topic in Q’anjob’al (Mayan), and on referring expressions and deixis in English.


ebsharf (at) ucsc (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064