Linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, mathematical linguistics, game and decision theory, language acquisition
Sophia Malamud's homepage: http://people.brandeis.edu/~smalamud
Sophia Malamud is a theoretical linguist, specialising in the study of language meaning.
This includes research in formal semantics, formal pragmatics, discourse functions of syntax, and semantics-pragmatics interface.
In her publications, Sophia has explored a wide variety of topics in semantics and pragmatics, such as the relationship between discourse coherence and word order in Russian, relationship between indexicality, context-dependence and reference de se, indexical-like readings of impersonal pronouns, influence of passives and impersonals on subsequent discourse, semantics of plurals, and pragmatics and semantics of speech acts in English, Russian, and Heritage Russian.
Her mathematics masters thesis explores several basic notions in statistical decision theory.
In her current research, Sophia is expanding into the area of language acquisition and attrition, in particular, the study of heritage language knowledge. (Heritage speakers are those who start learning their first language, before becoming dominant in another language before they finished acquiring the first - a frequent situation in immigrant communities). Current projects include a study of counterfactual marking in Ancient Greek, of rising-intonation declaratives and tag questions in American English, of requests and other pragmatic phenomena in Heritage Russian, and several studies of meaning and use of Standard Russian.
Before coming to Brandeis, she has also taught mathematics (elementary-school level through Calculus III) at various venues.
University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
|LING||100a||Introduction to Linguistics|
|LING||130a||Formal Semantics: Truth, Meaning, and Language|
|LING||140a||Architecture of Conversation: Discourse and Pragmatics|
|LING||160b||Mathematical Methods in Linguistics|
|LING||190b||Topics in Linguistics|
|LING||197a||Language Acquisition and Development|