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About me

I am a Senior Researcher in the laboratory Structures Formelles du Langage (CNRS/Université Paris 8). I study meaning.

I’m particularly interested in how we talk about what happens next. So I spend much of my time thinking about:

  • causation, force dynamics, and culmination
  • agency, volition, ability, and dispositions
  • aspect and eventuality type
  • future reference, conditionals, and metaphysical modality, especially within the verb phrase

I take the perspective that meaning is contributed both at a generative, syntax-visible, semantic level (i.e., logical form), as well as at a non-generative, conceptual level, and that the division of labor between these levels is testable using the methods of model-theoretic compositional semantics, syntactic theory, and cognitive psychology.

I get asked a lot how to pronounce my last name. It’s pronounced /koʊpli/. Though in Boston I answer to /kɑpli/ and in Paris to /kople/.