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Rachel Szekely

Director, ESL Program Co-director, The Poetry CenterAssistant Professor of English

B.A., Smith CollegePh.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY

Description

Dr. Szekely received a Ph.D. in linguistics from The Graduate Center, CUNY, in 2008. Her research is in the area of natural language syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and philosophy of language. Topics of interest include existential sentences, noun-phrase interpretation, (in)definiteness, pronouns, the stage-level/individual-level distinction, context, event semantics, negation and negative polarity items, and romance syntax and the syntax of nominal expressions.

Specialties

Pragmatics, Semantics, Philosophy of Language

Publications

  • Author, “Existential Dependencies: Holes, problems and other flaws in the argument,” published in the Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society Conference (2009)
  • Author, “On the non-unified interpretation of bare plurals in existential sentences,” published in Snippets (2007)
  • Author, “The significance of localizability in defining states and properties, with specific reference to the coda in there-insertion sentences,” published in the Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung (2005)
  • Co-author, “Annotating Noun Argument Structure for NomBank” published in the Proceedings of LREC 2004 (2004)
  • Co-author, “A Dependency Treebank for English,” published in the Proceedings of LREC 2002 (Vol. III, 2002)

Honors/Awards

  • Recipient, Mario Capelloni Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2005–2006)
  • Recipient, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2004–2005)
  • Recipient, CUNY Writing Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2005–2007)
  • Instructional Technology Fellow, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2007–2008)
  • Recipient, University Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2001–2004)

Affiliations

  • Member, Linguistic Society of America
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member, Modern Language Association

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