Sarah Murray

Associate Professor

212 Morrill Hall
(607) 255-0714

I'm interested in what sorts of formal representations are needed to analyze a variety of linguistic structures across grammatically diverse languages. Currently, I am interested in different types of meaning, such as assertion, presupposition, at-issue, not-at-issue. I investigate how different languages (e.g., Cheyenne and English) distinguish these types of meaning and aim to develop a formally precise theory that can provide an explanatory crosslinguistic account.

More generally, I am interested in semantic parallels between typologically distant languages and to what extent they can be represented in a formally explicit, universal theory of discourse. This interest in crosslinguistic semantics goes hand in hand with the desire to bring data from understudied languages to bear on theoretical issues in semantics and pragmatics. I am strongly committed to collecting primary data in the field and have been doing fieldwork with the Cheyenne over the summers since 2006.

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, Certificate in Cognitive Science, Rutgers University, 2010
  • M.A. in Linguistics, Wayne State University, 2004
  • B.A. in Linguistics and Philosophy, Wayne State University, 2003