About me



I am Yi-Hsun Chen, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University (New Brunswick).

I am interested in formal semantics, formal pragmatics, semantics-pragmatics interface, semantics-syntax interface, universals/ cross-linguistic variation in semantics, and Chinese linguistics.

Specific topics include:  scalarity, gradability, measurement, vagueness, alternatives, scalar implicatures, questions, presuppositions, argument structure and phrase structure.


Currently, I am working on Superlative Modifiers.  The central goals of my dissertation are three-fold. One goal  is to provide a unified account of superlative modifiers, explaining why  they show the same ambiguity between speaker ignorance and speaker concession across natural languages. Another goal is to explain why the (un)availability of the two meanings is restricted by the syntactic distribution of superlative modifiers.

The other goal is to offer a decompositional analysis of superlative modifiers, explaining why their morphological makeup is cross-linguistically related to quantity adjectives and superlative morphemes  in general.

Dissertation Committee: Veneeta Dayal (Chair),  Simon CharlowJane GrimshawRoger Schwarzschild