I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut
Jean Nicod at the Ecole Normale Supérieure
in Paris. I study formal semantics, with a particular interest in what sign
languages can tell us about semantic composition in natural language.
I received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from New York University in September 2015,
under the direction of
My dissertation investigates the unique ways that sign languages are able to express
semantic concepts through the use of space and iconicity.
Topics include anaphora, plurality, dependency, telicity, and pluractionality.
A ten page summary is available here.
I have also been involved in projects on primate communication (more information
and have done work on phonology, with interests in the mathematical properties
(including typology and learnability) of constraint-based frameworks.
My current CV is available here.
PAPERS (PUBLISHED OR TO APPEAR)
- Pluractionality, iconicity, and scope in French Sign Language [draft]
Kuhn and Aristodemo. Accepted pending minor revisions to Semantics and Pragmatics.
- Dependent indefinites: the view from sign language [draft]
Kuhn. (to appear). Journal of Semantics.
- The categorical role of structurally iconic signs [draft]
Strickland, Aristodemo, Kuhn, and Geraci. (to appear). Short commentary on Goldin-Meadow and Brentari (to appear), Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
- Discourse anaphora – theoretical perspectives [draft]
Kuhn. (to appear). Invited contribution to Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research, edited by J. Quer, R. Pfau, and A. Herrmann. Routledge.
- Formal monkey linguistics [paper][preprint draft]
Schlenker, Chemla, Schel, Gautier, Fuller, Kuhn, Veselinović, Arnold, Cäsar, Papworth, Murphy, Lemasson, Ouattara, Keenan, Ryder, and Zuberbühler. (2016). Invited target article to Theoretical Linguistics.
- Classification and automatic transcription of primate calls [paper]
Versteegh, Kuhn, Synnaeve, Ravaux, Chemla, Cäsar, Fuller, Murphy, Schel, and Dunbar. (2016). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
- ASL Loci: Variables or Features? [paper][preprint draft]
Journal of Semantics.
- Harmony via Positive Agreement: Evidence from trigger-based count effects [paper]
Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society 43.