About Me

About Me

Research interests

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.

Academic history

I am currently associate professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley. 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'').

Contact information

Dwinelle 1223, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720

My name

If we're on a first-name basis, please call me "Amy Rose." Relatedly, my name is alphabetized like this:

Deal, Amy Rose

With the Berkeley crew (Hannah Sande, Virginia Dawson, Emily Clem, and Peter Jenks) at NELS 47, Amherst, October 2016

My cat Calvin

The view from Lewiston Hill, Nez Perce County, Idaho

My cat Malloy (/'mæ.lɔɪ/)