Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ezra Keshet, Associate Professor of Linguistics, chiefly works on theoretical semantics, the formal study of meaning in language. His earliest research addressed intensionality, or how language encodes ideas about times and situations different from the here and now. An area of current work is linguistic focus, or how emphasizing different parts of an utterance can alter its structure and meaning. Other areas of interest include conditional conjunctions (e.g., Take another step and I'll shoot!) and the meanings of pronouns, including work in dynamic semantics.
Professor Keshet regularly teaches the undergraduate and graduate introductions to semantics, as well as LING 111: Introduction to Language. He has officially supervised over 35 students on project topics such as tense, discourse structure, and prosody.
- Linguistics, Philosophy (faculty affiliate)
Field(s) of Study
- Formal semantics & pragmatics