Peter Alrenga

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Office address:

621 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 110
Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 353-6221

Research Interests

Semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. Particular topics include the structure and interpretation of comparative constructions; gradability, scalarity, and vagueness; (in)definiteness and anaphora; and negation. He teaches courses in formal semantics, pragmatics, and general linguistics.

Selected Publications

to appear. Types, tokens, and identity. In Proceedings of The 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 38).

to appear. Comparisons of similarity and difference. In Proceedings of Workshop on the Formal Analysis of Adjectives (JET Adjectifs).

2006. Scalar (non-)identity and similarity. In Proceedings of The 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 25).

2005. A sentential subject asymmetry in English and its implications for complement selection. Syntax 8(3): 175-207.

2004. (with Jennifer Arnold, Thomas Wasow, and Ash Asudeh) Avoiding attachment ambiguities: The role of constituent ordering. Journal of Memory and Language 51(1): 55-70.