Assistant Professor of Linguistics, USC

I work on semantics, pragmatics, context update, and how they all talk to each other. A perennial obsession: how variation in context update effects can fall out of a uniform treatment of how update potentials are derived from the semantic interpretation of a sentence. Empirical areas where the rubber hits the road: intonational tunes, epistemic modals, imperatives, subjective predicates, and evidentials.

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Castillo-Gamboa, Jaime, Alexis Wellwood & Deniz Rudin. to appear. Being tall compared to compared to being tall and being taller. In Proceedings of ELM. [PDF]

Shih, Stephanie & Deniz Rudin. 2020. On sound symbolism in baseball player names. Names. [PDF]

Kaiser, Elsi & Deniz Rudin. 2020. When faultless disagreement is not so faultless: What widely-held opinions can tell us about subjective adjectives. In Proceedings of the LSA 5. [PDF]

Pancheva, Roumyana & Deniz Rudin. 2019. Speaker discourse roles and the discourse profile of reportative evidentials. In Proceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium. [PDF]

Rudin, Deniz. 2019. Embedded Rising Declaratives and Embedded Quotation. In Proceedings of SALT 29. [PDF]

Rudin, Deniz & Andrea Beltrama. 2019. Default Agreement with Subjective Assertions. In Proceedings of SALT 29. [PDF]

Rudin, Deniz. 2019. Head-Based Syntactic Identity in Sluicing. Linguistic Inquiry 50(2): 253-283. [PDF] [Penultimate draft]

Rudin, Deniz. 2018. Rising Imperatives. In Proceedings of SALT 28. [PDF]

Merchant, Jason, Line Mikkelsen, Deniz Rudin & Kelsey Sasaki (eds.). 2018. A Reasonable Way to Proceed: Essays in Honor of Jim McCloskey [PDF]

Rudin, Deniz. 2018. Uncertainty and Persistence: A Bayesian Update Semantics for Probabilistic Expressions. Journal of Philosophical Logic 47(3): 365-405. [online PDF] [downloadable PDF]

Kroll, Margaret & Deniz Rudin. 2017. Identity and Interpretation: Syntactic and Pragmatic Constraints on the Acceptability of Sluicing. In Proceedings of NELS 47. [Preprint]

Rudin, Deniz. 2016. Deriving a Variable-Strength Might. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20 [PDF]

Rudin, Deniz, Karl DeVries, Karen Duek, Kelsey Kraus & Adrian Brasoveanu. 2016. The Semantics of Corrections. In Logic, Language, Information, and Computation: 23rd International Workshop: 358-374. [Penultimate draft] [Springer volume]


Intonational Commitments [Draft of September 2020]

Asserting Epistemic Modals [Draft of January 2021]


Assessor-Relativizable Predicates (with Phil Crone). Talk given at Subjectivity in Language and Thought, U Chicago, May 2017. [Handout]

Scalar and Non-Scalar Implicatures of Might and Some. Talk given at CUSP 8, Stanford, November 2015. [Handout]


Rising Above Commitment [PDF]