Patrick D. Elliott

I’m currently a visiting faculty member in the linguistics & philosophy department at MIT.

I’m a theoretical linguist, which means that my work involves developing formal models of what we know when we know a language. Mostly, I work on semantics and pragmatics; I’m also interested in computational approaches to meaning and the syntax-semantics interface.

When I’m not doing linguistics, I code, run, and scale vertical walls. Reach me at pdell(at)mit.edu.

Recent and upcoming

  • February, 2021. I’ll be giving an invited talk entitled Objects of attitude ascriptions at the workshop On the nouniness of propositional arguments at DGfS 43, Freiburg.
  • December 8, 2020: I gave a talk at MIT CompLang entitled What linguists can learn from functional programmers: A study in opacity and environment sensitivity.
  • November 2020: I have a new ms. on lingbuzz entitled Towards a principled logic of anaphora, which can be found here.
  • November, 2020: I gave an invited talk at Logic and Engineering of Natural Language Semantics 17, entitled Classical negation in a dynamic alternative semantics. Slides.
  • October 27, 2020: I gave a talk at the Rutgers SURGE meeting, entitled Coreference, negation, and modal subordination.
  • October 9, 2020: I gave a talk at the NYU semantics group, entitled Crossover and the dynamics of negation.
  • September, 2020: I have a commentary in a special issue of Theoretical Linguistics, entitled A plea for equality: remarks on Moltmann’s semantics for clausal embedding, which can be found here.
  • July 2020: I have a new ms. (in prep) entitled Coreference, negation, and modal subordination. Contact me directly for a draft.