I am a linguist working on the formal semantics and pragmatics of informal language. Since 2014, I have been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania linguistics department. I work with Florian Schwarz's Experimental Study of Meaning lab. My main interest is in elucidating, through web-based experiments, the effects of contextual factors on the rate of relevance implicature interpretation. Factors I am investigating include special instructions for interpreting targets, the mode and timing of the targets’ presentation, and the perceived conversational relationship among participants.
I am also an emerita member of the Temple University English department. From fall 1977 through spring 2017, I taught Introduction to Linguistics and Semantics there regularly, along with occasional classes in writing, traditional grammar, and language and race.
I have played the cello and done ventriloquism since I was in the fourth grade. I play monthly with a reading string quartet and weekly with the Ambler Symphony Orchestra. More about my ventriloquial partner, Gregory Grackle, is available on the Ventriloquism page.