I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut
Jean Nicod at the Ecole Normale Supérieure
in Paris. I study formal semantics, with a particular interest in what sign
languages can tell us about semantic composition in natural language.
I received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from New York University in September 2015,
under the direction of
My dissertation investigates the unique ways that sign languages are able to express
semantic concepts through the use of space and iconicity.
Topics include anaphora, plurality, dependency, telicity, and pluractionality.
A ten page summary is available here.
I have also been involved in projects on primate communication (more information
and have done work on phonology, with interests in the mathematical properties
(including typology and learnability) of constraint-based frameworks.
My current CV is available here.
PAPERS (PUBLISHED OR TO APPEAR)
- On the -oo suffix of Campbell's monkeys [paper][preprint draft]
Kuhn, Keenan, Arnold, and Lemasson. (2018). On the -oo suffix of Campbell's monkeys. Linguistic Inquiry, 49(1):169-181.
- Dependent indefinites: the view from sign language [paper][preprint draft]
Kuhn. (2017). Dependent indefinites: the view from sign language. Journal of Semantics, 34(3):407- 446.
- Pluractionality, iconicity, and scope in French Sign Language [paper]
Kuhn and Aristodemo. (2017). Pluractionality, iconicity, and scope in French Sign Language. Semantics and Pragmatics, 10(6).
- The categorical role of structurally iconic signs [paper] [preprint draft]
Strickland, Aristodemo, Kuhn, and Geraci. (2017). The categorical role of structurally iconic signs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, E72.
- Discourse anaphora – theoretical perspectives [draft]
Kuhn. (to appear). Discourse anaphora – theoretical perspectives. In Quer, Pfau, and Herrmann (eds.), Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research. Routledge.
- Formal monkey linguistics [paper][preprint draft]
- Formal monkey linguistics: the debate [paper][preprint draft]
Schlenker, Chemla, Schel, Gautier, Fuller, Kuhn, Veselinović, Arnold, Cäsar, Papworth, Murphy, Lemasson, Ouattara, Keenan, Ryder, and Zuberbühler. (2016). Formal monkey linguistics. Theoretical Linguistics, 42(1-2), 1-90.
- Classification and automatic transcription of primate calls [paper]
Versteegh, Kuhn, Synnaeve, Ravaux, Chemla, Cäsar, Fuller, Murphy, Schel, and Dunbar. (2016). Classification and automatic transcription of primate calls. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(1), EL26-EL30.
- ASL Loci: Variables or Features? [paper][preprint draft]
Kuhn. (2016). ASL Loci: Variables or Features?
Journal of Semantics, 33(3), 449-491.
- Harmony via Positive Agreement: Evidence from trigger-based count effects [paper]
Kuhn. (2012). Harmony via Positive Agreement: Evidence from trigger-based count effects. In Huang, Poole, and Rysling (eds.), Proceedings of the 43th conference of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS 43), Vol. 1, 253-264.