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/.