Maura O'Leary

Semanticist, Field Researcher, & Teacher

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.

I study the semantics of time: how do humans communicate about when things happen? My dissertation provides a formal model of nominal evaluation times, including nominal lexical aspect, interaction with a sentential tense operator, interactions with the evaluation times of nominal modifiers, and the dynamic effects of novelty on evaluation times.

I additionally do both morphosyntactic and revitalization work with the critically endangered Alaskan Dene (Athabaskan) language Hän.

Recently, I have also been working on equitable and inclusive pedagogical methods for teaching and evaluation in university-level linguistics courses.

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Nominal Evaluation Times

My dissertation, which provides a formal analysis that can predict the available nominal property times for any given noun in any given sentence.