Morwenna Hoeks


I'm a third-year PhD student in the Linguistics Department at UCSC. Broadly, my research interests lie in semantics and its interfaces. I approach this both from a formal theoretical perspective, as well as a processing perspective.

On the theoretical side, 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 this 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.

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.

Currently, I'm the organizer of SPLAP!, the department's semantics and pragmatics reading group.


mhoeks (at) ucsc (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
University of Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
95064 Santa Cruz CA