- Ph.D. Student
- Email: robert [dot] pasternak [at] stonybrook [dot] edu
Personal Website (includes CV)
(Note: I am on leave for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please reach me at my personal email address, pasternakrs [AT] gmail [DOT] com.)
I’m a third-year graduate student specializing in semantics and its interfaces with pragmatics and syntax. More specifically, my work is primarily in modality, gradability, tense, event semantics, and co-speech gesture.
I came to linguistics via philosophy of language, which I studied as an undergraduate at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. I’d been dabbling in mathematical logic and set theory since I was in high school, but I didn’t fall in love with the study of meaning in language until I had the chance to take a course on Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations in my junior year of college. After a couple of years in the “real world”, I decided that I wanted to study language for a living, and here I am!
In addition to my academic work, I am also an avid amateur (formerly professional) pianist, composer, and singer/songwriter, as well as a diehard fan of Baltimore sports.
Pasternak, Robert. 2016. A conservative theory of gradable modality.Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 26, 371-390.
Tieu, Lyn, Robert Pasternak, Philippe Schlenker and Emmanuel Chemla. In prep. Experimental investigation of the projection properties of inferences triggered by co-speech gestures.
Pasternak, Robert. In prep. Comparing desires.
Wanting what's important to us. UMass Semantics Workshop, 2016.
Co-speech music and co-speech gesture. Workshop on Music and Movement, NYU, 2016.
A conservative theory of gradable modality. SALT 26, UT Austin, 2016.
The illusory scope of French epistemics. Penn Linguistics Colloquium 40, UPenn, 2016.