Thomas de Haven Roberts

I am a fourth-year PhD student in Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. My advisor is Pranav Anand. Before that, I got my S.B. in Linguistics and Philosophy from MIT and was a Baggett fellow at the University of Maryland, where I was advised by Valentine Hacquard and Philip Resnik.

My research interests lie primarily in pragmatics, semantics and computational linguistics, with a particular focus on Estonian. I'm especially interested in the relationship between conventional discourse effects and semantics, particularly with regards to special questions and discourse particles. Currently, I'm working on the semantics and pragmatics of Estonian negative questions, the cross-linguistic lexical semantics of attitude verbs, (anti-)mirative discourse particles (with Margaret Kroll), and memory for pragmatically meaningful prosody (with Jennifer Bellik).

I'm an active member of the Language, Logic, and Cognition Lab, coordinator of Semantics, Pragmatics, and LAnguage Philosophy reading group, and part of the program committee for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

Contact: the word "motor" backwards at ucsc dot edu