about

I’m a fourth year graduate student in linguistics at MIT. I work on topics related to meaning. Broadly, I’m interested in things like aspect, aktionsart, degrees, states, and events. I’ve worked on various topics, including the morphosyntax and semantics of degree achievement verbs, comparatives, and adjectives, as well as the semantics and acquisition of attitude verbs.

I’m also a fieldworker. I work on Santiago Atitlán Tz’utujil (with collabortors Ted Levin, Paulina Lyskawa, and Rodrigo Ranero) funded by the Jacobs Research Funds and the Kenneth Hale Fellowship Fund. Currently, we’re working on a pattern of non-local, syntactically triggered, inwardly-sensitive allomorphy in aspect morphology. I’ve also worked on the semantics of aspect in Patzún Kaqchikel, and comparative constructions in Javanese.

I completed a BA in linguistics and a BA in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I then spent a year as a Baggett Fellow in the University of Maryland, where I worked with Rachel Dudley, Valentine HacquardJeff Lidz, and Alexander Williams.

I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago. I love card games, especially Russian Bank, biking, mountains, and trying to care for plants. I’m also a classically trained, though rusty, clarinetist.

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