I am a syntactician and a semanticist. I am also a fieldworker. The big questions that interest me concern cross-linguistic variation: How much variation is there in syntax? How much is there in semantics? How can we tell syntactic and semantic variation apart?
My research on these questions largely draws from findings in the syntax and semantics of Nez Perce, a Sahaptian language of the Columbia River Plateau. Some of the particular topics I have worked on recently are
You can find papers on these and other topics over on the papers page.
I am currently associate professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley, and affiliated faculty in the philosophy department. Before coming to Berkeley in 2015, I held tenure-track positions at UC Santa Cruz and at Harvard; before that, I was a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My dissertation was co-advised by Angelika Kratzer and Rajesh Bhatt. You can read about the Kratzer side of the academic genealogy here and here, thanks to Kai von Fintel. My academic ancestors on the Bhatt side can be found here.
Before that, I was an undergrad at Brandeis University, where I majored in linguistics and in philosophy. And still further back, I grew up in Fairfax County, VA, where I attended TJHSST (motto "today is tomorrow'').
Dwinelle 1223, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720
If we're on a first-name basis, please call me "Amy Rose." Relatedly, my name is alphabetized like this:
Deal, Amy Rose
This site is based on a free CSS template called "Box" by Ahmed Eissa. Most of the photos were taken by me, at sites including the SF Botanical Garden, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Red Fire Farm (Granby, MA), and the inner depths of Widener Library.