Background and activities

I am a doctoral research fellow in linguistics at the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab (LALP) at the Department of Language and Literature. Additionally, I am affiliated with the Cognitive Semantics and Quantities project funded by the European Research Council and based out of the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation at the University of Amsterdam. I have an MA (2013) in Scandinavian linguistics from NTNU and an MSc (2015) in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. Moreover, I have studied Scandinavian language at Uppsala University and philosophy at the University of Oslo.

Research interests

  • Neurolinguistics
  • Formal semantics
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Philosophy of (cognitive) science
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of language

Doctoral project

Quantifiers are expressions that refer to quantities and in natural language, quantifiers include words like ‘all’, ‘some’, ‘five’ and ‘most’. As well as being important in natural language, quantifiers lie at the heart of logic and mathematics, and my project seeks to capitalize on this parallelism to explain how quantification is realized in the brain. Using EEG, I will investigate whether known mathematical properties of quantificational expressions affect how the brain computes different quantifiers while processing language.