I am a tenured senior researcher (directrice de recherche) at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), working at Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (LLING UMR 6310)
I received my PhD from the University of Nantes in 2009, with a dissertation on polarity and epistemic indefinites in Romanian. Between 2011 and 2014, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz (UPV/EHU) and a member of the Basque Research Group of Theoretical Linguistics (HiTT). In 2019, I obtained my habilitation in linguistics (Logic and inference in natural language : the view from Romanian).
My research focuses on the semantics of natural language and its interface with pragmatics and syntax, from a cross-linguistic perspective. I have worked on negative and positive polarity, as well as free choice phenomena, dealing primarily with epistemic and free choice indefinites in Romance. In recent work, I have focused on wh-words in free relatives and other wh-constructions, as well as the role of wh-words in polarity systems across languages. Other topics investigated include neg-words and negative concord, epistemic future and modality, implicatures and alternative semantics. For details and downloadable papers, check my Publications page.
Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes Chemin de la Censive du Tertre BP 81227 44312 Nantes Cedex 3, France Office: Building Censive, nº 232 Email: anamaria.falaus(at)cnrs.fr