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My work focuses on the semantics of tense and aspect in dialects of American English, with a particular emphasis
on African American English. Though difficult to define tense and aspect are, roughly speaking, natural language’s
primary mechanisms for expressing temporal relations – i.e. notions such as past and present, progressive and completed.
Among the current research projects I am involved in are studies of the formal semantic properties of African American
English perfect constructions, and of the possible effects of dialectal differences on the results of tests of mathematical
reasoning in early education.


Among the courses that I teach regularly are Formal Perspectives on African-American English (Ling 310),
Semantic Theory I (Ling 537), and The Language of Time (Ling 539).

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