Zhuosi Luo 罗卓思

I (she/her/hers) am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate (ABD status) in Theoretical Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Georgetown University.

As a theorist working on language, my research interests focus on syntax and semantics, and their interfaces with morphology, pragmatics, phonology and cognitive science. I believe interface study and interdisciplinary research could help deepen our understanding of language, which someday will help the theories meet the goal of ‘(beyond) explanatory adequacy’.

Theoretical Linguistics advisors: Paul Portner & Ruth Kramer

Cognitive Science advisors: David Lightfoot & Elissa Newport

I mainly work on verbs, adjectives and tones. The languages I study are mostly Asian languages including Teochew (Southern Min; ‘the living fossil of ancient Chinese’), Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai. I also enjoy insights from cross-linguistic comparisons with other language families. Currently, I am working on my dissertation proposal Causality and Argument Interpretation with a focus on contextual causee interpretations. See more details in Research.

How to pronounce my name: [ʈʂuosɹ̩ luo]

Photo credit to 王希孟 (1096–1119)