Welcome to the lab!

Welcome to the Meaning and Modality (M&M) Laboratory at Harvard Linguistics! We are interested in understanding the uniquely human capacity for language, especially the ability to convey abstract, infinite, specific meanings across a variety of modes for natural language, including both speech and sign. Our work spans the subfields of formal semantics, pragmatics, syntax, bilingualism, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics in an effort to understand the relationship between linguistic meaning, language mode, language development, and human cognition.


Latest News

Dr. Chrissy Zlogar!

May 29, 2019
Congratulations to lab member Dr. Chrissy Zlogar, who defended her dissertation An experimental pragmatic investigation of depictive co-speech gestures

Taylor Joyce to UT Austin

May 20, 2019
Congratulations to our undergraduate researcher Taylor Joyce, who will be starting the PhD program in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin this fall! We are very proud of your accomplishments, including being awarded the Donald D. Harrington Fellowship at UT Austinand her Harvard honors thesis on A Unified Contrastive Analaysis of Lateral Shift in American Sign Language.

Our lab at GLOW 42

May 17, 2019
  • Dorothy Ahn (talk): The blocking of anaphoric bare nouns
  • Annemarie Kocab, Dorothy Ahn, Gunnar Lund, & Kathryn Davidson (poster): Reconsidering agreement in sign languages

Dr. Dora Mihoc!

May 8, 2019
Dora's defense
Congratulations to lab member Dr. Teodora (Dora) Mihoc, who defended her dissertation Decomposing logic: Modified numerals, polarity, and exhaustification

Dr. Dorothy Ahn!

April 17, 2019
Picture of Dorothy Ahn standing in front of title slide of her talk
Congratulations to lab member Dr. Dorothy Ahn, who defended her dissertation THAT Thesis: A competition mechanism for anaphoric expressions

Kate at Northeastern, Johns Hopkins

March 25, 2019
Kate Davidson gave two invited talks this month, one at our Boston neighbor Northeastern Univeristy's department of Psychology, and the other at Johns Hopkins department of Cognitive Science

Our lab at the LSA

January 5, 2019
Kate Henninger and Nancy Frishberg at the poster
Several members of our lab gave presentations at this year's LSA Annual Meeting in NYC Jan 4-6, including Kate Henninger, Taylor Joyce, Dorothy Ahn, Gunnar Lund, Becky Jarvis, Giuseppe Ricciardi, Chrissy Zlogar, and Kathryn Davidson.

Aurore, Kate H, and Kate D at NELS 49

October 6, 2018
Aurore stands at a podium in front of a screen giving our NELS talk
Aurore Gonzalez presented joint work with Kate Henninger, & Kathryn Davidson  at NELS, on Answering negative questions in American Sign Language. (Talk)

Chrissy, Anna, and Kate at XPrag in Italy!

June 1, 2018
Chrissy Zlogar presenting results slide (bars chart and troll images)
  • Christina Zlogar presented joint work with Anna Alsop, and Kathryn Davidson (talk) at XPrag in Italy, on "Description and depiction in a reference game"