I am a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Harvard University. I study cognitive science through the lens of linguistics, investigating the ways that language informs our understanding of the mind. I am specifically interested in the mental representation of plurality and measurement (how do we represent a group of, say, boxes in our mind?), and the ways that the system of formal semantics (essentially meaning computation in language) handles these representations.

Gregory Scontras

Department of Linguistics

Harvard University

Boylston Hall, Third Floor

Cambridge, MA 02138

scontras

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Papers

Presentations

Sep 2013: CSSP 10

(with C.-Y. Edwin Tsai, Kenneth Mai & Maria Polinsky) “Prohibiting Inverse Scope: An Experimental Study of Chinese vs. English”


Sep 2013: SuB 18

(with C.-Y. Edwin Tsai, Kenneth Mai & Maria Polinsky) “Chinese Scope: an experimental investigation”


May 2013: SALT 23

“Accounting for Counting: A Unified Semantics for Measure Terms and Classifiers”


March 2013: CUNY 26

(with Edward Gibson) “Working memory and syntactic islands revisited”


Jan 2013: LSA Annual Meeting

(with Lauren Eby Clemens & Maria Polinsky) “Resumptive pronouns in English: Speaker oriented coreference tracking”


Jan 2013: LSA Annual Meeting

(with Peter Graff, Tami Forrester & Noah Goodman) “Context Sensitivity in Collective Predication”


Sep 2012: SuB 17

“A unified semantics for number marking, numerals, and nominal structure”


Dec 2011: MDF Workshop on Modification (CCHC-CSIC, Madrid)

(with Andreea Nicolae) “Saturating Syntax: Linkers and Modification in Tagalog”


Apr 2011: WCCFL 29

“Stubborn Distributivity and Groups”


Mar 2011: AFLA 18

(with Andreea Nicolae) “Simplifying Semantic Composition: Evidence from Tagalog”


Jan 2011: LSA Annual Meeting

(with Peter Graff & Noah Goodman) “Plural Comparison and Collective Predication”


May 2010: AFLA 17

(with Andreea Nicolae) “What Austronesian Tells Us about Who


Apr 2010: CLS 46

(with Peter Graff & Noah Goodman) “Comparing Pluralities”


Feb 2010: WCCFL 28

(with Peter Graff) “Metathesis as Asymmetric Perceptual Realignment”


Jan 2010: LSA Annual Meeting

(with Peter Graff) “Metathesis as Asymmetric Perceptual Realignment”


Dec 2009: ConSOLE 18

“Group Comparison: Evidence from Plural Superlatives”

Scontras, Gregory, William Badecker, Lisa Shank, Eunice Lim & Evelina Fedorenko. Syntactic Complexity Effects in Sentence Production. To appear in Cognitive Science.


Scontras, Gregory & Andreea Nicolae. Saturating Syntax: Linkers and Modification in Tagalog. To appear in Lingua SI: Modification at the Interfaces.


Scontras, Gregory. Accounting for counting: A unified semantics for measure terms and classifiers. To appear in Proceedings of SALT 23.


Scontras, Gregory. 2013. A unified semantics for number marking, numerals, and nominal structure. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, 545–562.


Scontras, Gregory, Peter Graff & Noah Goodman. 2012. Comparing Pluralities. Cognition 123, 190–197.


Nicolae, Andreea & Gregory Scontras. 2011. How does who compose? In Proceedings of AFLA 18, 125–139.


Scontras, Gregory & Edward Gibson. 2011. A quantitative investigation of the imperative–and–declarative construction in English. Language 87(4), 817–829.


Scontras, Gregory. 2008. The Semantics of Plural Superlatives. BA Thesis, Boston University.

Teaching

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013


Departmental Teaching Fellow in Linguistics, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning


Instructor for “Public Speaking for International TFs” (with Virginia Maurer)


Spring 2012


Instructor for “Experimental Methods in Linguistics” (Ling 97r, sophomore tutorial)


Instructor for “Number Marking” (Ling 97r, sophomore tutorial)


Fall 2011


Teaching fellow for “Psycholinguistics” (Ling 130); instructor: Maria Polinsky


Instructor for “Semantics of Plurality” (Ling 98a, junior tutorial)


Spring 2011


Teaching fellow for “Introduction to Linguistics” (Ling 110); instructor: Amy Rose Deal

Instructor for “Experimental Methods in Linguistics” (Ling 97r, sophomore tutorial)


Fall 2010


Teaching fellow for “Psychosemantics” (Ling 132); instructors: Gennaro Chierchia & Jesse Snedeker

Instructor for “Imperatives” (Ling 98a, junior tutorial)