Thomas de Haven Roberts

I am a fifth-year PhD student in Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz. Before that, I got my S.B. in Linguistics and Philosophy from MIT and was a Baggett fellow at the University of Maryland.

My research interests lie primarily in semantics and its interfaces with syntax and pragmatics, particularly in Estonian. My dissertation examines cases where selectional restrictions of clausal-embedding predicates are apparently violated, and argue that motivates a view of selection that is not strictly lexical. I'm especially interested in modeling expressions of belief, the syntax and semantics of attitude verbs, the pragmatic contribution of discourse particles, and the relationship between semantics and pragmatics in the interpretation of biased questions.

Office hours for Winter 2020:
Tuesday 1-2pm, Stevenson 238

Contact: the word "motor" backwards @ucsc.edu