Most of my current research is in metasemantics, a domain of inquiry sitting at the crossroads of the philosophy of language and natural language semantics, and concerned with fundamental questions about the nature of meaning and semantic properties. I regularly think about these topics in connection with relevant work in other branches of theoretical linguistics (esp. syntax and phonology), metaphysics, philosophy of science, and cognitive science at large. I also have interests, and have published work, in the history of philosophy, Eastern philosophy, and classical studies.
I did a PhD in philosophy and cognitive science with Andrea Moro at San Raffaele University & NeTS, IUSS Pavia, and a PhD in philosophy and social science with François Recanati at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales & Institut Jean Nicod. Before that, I got a BA in ancient philosophy and an MA in the history of philosophy, both from San Raffaele. Along the way, I’ve been a visiting student at MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a visiting fellow at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. I completed my graduate work in 2017.
Before coming to UZH, I was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of Freie Universität Berlin. In Zürich, I’m part of the NCCR Evolving Language, a nation-wide SNF research consortium fostering cross-disciplinary work on language evolution and language change.
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