Welcome to new colleagues

Posted on September 14, 2018 by

Manchester is becoming quite a semantics hub, with no fewer than four new specialists in this field joining us this academic year. First to arrive are Vera Hohaus and Emily Hanink.

Vera is a lecturer in semantics and typology. She graduated from the University of Tübingen in 2015, where she continued to work until now, both as a researcher and lecturer. She’s also been affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In addition, she gets extra international adventure points for fieldwork in Samoan Islands.

Asked about her research interests, Vera says she wants to find out how meaning emerges from the interaction of syntactic structure, lexical information, composition principles and context. A joke that captures her current life situation is a Classified Ad saying: “ESTABLISHED STRING QUARTET looking for two violinists and a cellist.” (she really is).

Emily is a postdoctoral researcher, working with Andrew on his ERC-funded project.
She joins us after having completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. More importantly, she got her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, where she was taught by our very own Julio (he discovered her first).

Emily’s recent dissertation examines DP structure, the anaphoric modifier ‘same’, and the relationship between anaphora and clausal embedding. Her larger research program is concerned with syntax and its interfaces with semantics and morphology, and focuses particularly on data from German (dialects) and from her fieldwork on the Native American language Washo.

Emily is a descendent of William Brewster, a pilgrim who came to North America on the Mayflower, so her move to the UK is a little bit like coming home.



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