I'm a second-year PhD student in the Linguistics Department at UCSC. Broadly, my research interests lie in semantics and its interfaces. More narrowly, I'm interested in the question of what role the effect of prosody should play within a general theory of meaning. A large proportion of my work revolves around the notion of alternatives as semantic/pragmatic objects and their connection to the formation of questions, the interpretation of (free choice) disjunction, focus structure, intonation and the organization of discourse more generally.
Although my research mostly lies in formal semantics, I'm also interested in the way interpretations are built up and processed incrementally. Some of my more psycholinguistically-oriented projects involve the role of linguistic focus in sentence comprehension, and pronoun resolution in discourse.
I'm a co-organizer of our semantics and pragmatics reading group SPLAP!, and I'm the coordinator of S-Circle, the department's informal syntax/semantics speaker series.
mhoeks (at) ucsc (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
University of Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
95064 Santa Cruz CA