About me

cropped-photo-on-2-27-14-at-3-04-pm-4.jpgCurrently I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where I am teaching formal linguistics (formal syntax and formal semantics) and psycholinguistics (language acquisition and experimental semantics) as well as advising graduate and undergraduate students.

My work integrates theoretical and experimental research. I am specialized in language documentation, formal semantics and psycholinguistics, with an emphasis on language acquisition. Currently, I have been involved in a number of experimental studies that investigate the semantics of reference and quantification in Brazilian Portuguese and in Brazilian indigenous languages.

I am the director of the SEPE-Lab (Experimental Semantics Lab) and co-diretor  with Andrew Nevins (UCL/UFRJ) of the research group NESCLI (Research group on complex structures in Brazilian Indigenous Languages). I am also the co-PI of a bi-national Brazilian and German project research project funded by  the Foundation for the Development of Science of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ). The project will explore issues in the syntax and semantics of embedded constructions in five Brazilian indigenous languages, from a theoretical and experimental perspective. The German co-PI of this project is Uli Sauerland (ZAS), who received a sister grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). 


  • Upcoming

    March 2016: I will be teaching the course "Experimenting semantics, number and language" at the Putting Fieldwork on Indigenous Languages to New Uses (Unicamp). __________________________________ May 2016: I will present the talk "On the interpretation of object denoting nouns" at SULA (UCSC, Santa Cruz). __________________________________ May 2016: I will present the poster "On object denoting nouns: defining atoms" at SALT (University of Texas, Austin) __________________________________ June 2016: I will give an invited talk at the Countability workshop (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany)