Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, Philosophy
  • Professor, Linguistics
  • Interim Chair, Linguistics


Research Statement

My current research is focused on philosophy of language and linguistics, with special attention to the theoretical foundations of linguistic research as laid out by Noam Chomsky.  I just finished a paper arguing that the bio-linguistic approach to semantics as specified by in Chomskyan linguistics cannot address the central questions of meaning: viz., assertoric content and reference.  If correct, this entails that the concept of language as a social phenomenon must be given a central place into language as the object of linguistic inquiry.

Research Keywords

  • Wittgenstein, Interest Level: 5
  • Theoretical Linguistics, Interest Level: 4
  • Semantics, Interest Level: 4
  • Philosophy of Mind, Interest Level: 4
  • Philosophy of Language, Interest Level: 5
  • Metaphysics, Interest Level: 4