Associate Professor of Semantics in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics; Tutorial Fellow at Jesus College


BA in Philosophy (UCLA)
PhD in Linguistics (Rutgers University)

Academic Background

Professor Altshuler was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Hampshire College from 2010-2011 and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College from 2011-2012. For three years thereafter, he was an Assistant Professor of Semantics at Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf before coming back to Hampshire College, where he was promoted to an Associate Professor of Linguistics in the School of Cognitive Science.

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Linguistics; semantics & pragmatics

Graduate Teaching Areas

I teach both the Foundation and the Advance Course in semantics & pragmatics. I am keen to supervise projects that relate to my research interests, broadly configured.

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the areas of semantics and pragmatics. The theme of my research is context dependence with the aim of better understanding how compositional semantics interacts with discourse structure and discourse coherence. My research also explores how literary discourse motivates extensions of dynamic-semanticframeworks.

Recent Publications

A Course in Semantics (with Terence Parsons and Roger Schwarzschild). MIT Press. (2019).

The Semantics of Plurals, Focus, Degrees, and Times. Essays in Honor of Roger Schwarzschild. (co-edited with Jessica Rett). Springer. (2019).

Events, States and Times. An essay on narrative discourse in English. de Gruyter. (2016).

“(Non)culmination by abduction” (with Zsófia Gyarmathy), Linguistics. (2020).

“By now: Change of State, Epistemic Modality and Evidential Inference” (with Laura Michaelis), Journal of Linguistics 56(3): 515-539. (2020).

“A typology of partitive aspectual operators”, Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 32:735-775. (2014).

“Discourse transparency and the meaning of temporal locating adverbs”, Natural Language Semantics 22:55-88. (2014).

“Death on the freeway: Imaginative resistance as narrator accommodation” (with Emar Maier), in Making Worlds Accessible: Festschrift for Angelika Kratzer, I. Frana, P. Menéndez-Benito and R. Bhatt (eds.). (2020)

“Tense and temporal adverbs: I learned last week that there would now be an earthquake”, in The Blackwell Companion to Semantics, D. Gutzmann, L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullmann, E. Zimmermann (eds). Blackwell. (2020).

Coordination and the syntax-discourse interface (with Robert Truswell). Oxford University Press. (2022).

Linguistics meets Philosophy (ed.). Cambridge University Press. (2022).







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