Morgan Moyer

Department of Linguistics
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
18 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08904


I am a PhD candidate in Linguistics at Rutgers University. My research interests include psycho-linguistics, language acquisition and learnability, semantics/pragmatics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and epistemology.

My research intersects linguistics, psychology and philosophy, in particular, I'm interested in the interaction between linguistic representations and other areas of cognition. I am a member of the Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies, directed by Kristen Syrett. I am also pursuing a Certificate in Cognitive Science through the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, under the supervision of Paul Pietroski. Previously, I was a research assistant at the Project on Children's Language Learning at the University of Maryland. I worked there on several projects with Valentine Hacquard and Jeff Lidz on the acquisition of the semantics/pragmatics of attitude verbs.

In semantics/pragmatics, I work with Kristen Syrett exploring the distribution of mention-some readings of embedded questions. I'm interested in how their distribution is licensed by contextual/discourse goals, and yet constrained by the linguistic representation of the embedded clause.

I am also working with Bruce Tesar on the learnability of prosodic systems. I explore the challenge of maintaining restrictiveness in the face of paradigmatic subsets, and propose an inductive solution using Tesar (2014)'s Output-Driven Learning Algorithm which solves this problem by exploiting neutralizations evident from a language's phonotactic distribution.

In my free time I hang out with my cat, Cezi, practice yoga, cycle, write sestinas and play guitar. I also enjoy hiking, camping and foraging.