I’m a second year graduate student in linguistics at MIT. I’m interested in meaning. I focus on how relationships about time are encoded in natural language, how the grammatical devices used to encode such relationships are constructed, and how those devices do or do not vary cross-linguistically. Lately I’ve been particularly interested in aspect shift and coercion phenomena, as well as in temporal connectives and comparatives, like before and earlier. I’ve worked on questions related to attitude verbs in theoretical and experimental work, and in fieldwork I’ve investigated the semantics of aspect in Kaqchikel.

I completed a BA in linguistics and a BA in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I was advised by Seth Cable and Rajesh Bhatt. I then spent a year as a Baggett Fellow in the linguistics department at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I worked with Valentine Hacquard, Alexander Williams, Jeff Lidz, and Rachel Dudley.

I can be reached at cjbaron (at) mit (dot) edu.