A picture of me, a linguistics graduate student with glasses and a beard, smiling, in Santa Cruz in December 2018.

I'm a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz.

My research interests lie in the nature and time-course of semantic and pragmatic interpretation, and the peculiarities of narrative and conversation. I study these topics as both a psycholinguist and a semanticist. I also work on the structure and processing of Santiago Laxopa Zapotec and Udi.

I am a co-organizer of S-Circle, UCSC's informal forum for research in syntax and semantics, with Maziar Toosarvandani. I also contribute to the Zapotec Language Project and Nido de Lenguas, and formerly co-organized s/lab, the UC Santa Cruz Syntax, Semantics, and Language Processing Lab.

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Contact: jduff@ucsc.edu