Ezra Keshet

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Ezra Keshet

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office Location(s): 466 Lorch
Phone: 734-763-9177
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Linguistics, Philosophy (faculty affiliate)
  • Fields of Study
    • Formal semantics & pragmatics, syntax, discourse structure
  • About

    Ezra Keshet, an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Linguistics, chiefly works on theoretical semantics, the formal study of meaning in language. His PhD dissertation work at MIT addressed intensionality, or how language encodes ideas about times and situations different from the here and now. Much of his current work is on linguistic focus, or how emphasizing different parts of an utterance can alter its structure and meaning. Other areas of interest include conditional conjunctions (e.g., Take another step and I'll shoot!) and the meanings of pronouns.

    Professor Keshet regularly teaches the undergraduate and graduate introductions to semantics, as well as LING 111: Introduction to Language.  He has officially supervised over 35 students on project topics such as tense, discourse structure, prosody, and classifiers in Mandarin Chinese.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., MIT, 2008
    • A.B.-A.M., Harvard University, 1999
  • Selected Publications:
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