Peter Alrenga

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Peter Alrenga
Office phone: 617-353-6221
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics 110
Office address: Linguistics Program, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2017: M 11-12:30; T 2:30-4; or by appointment

BS, Symbolic Systems (Natural Language Focus), Stanford University
MA and PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Prof. Alrenga joined the BU Linguistics program in September 2009, after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Semantics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago, where he worked with Prof. Chris Kennedy on an NSF-funded project on the "Parameters of Comparison."

Prof. Alrenga's research interests lie in semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. Particular topics include the structure and interpretation of comparative constructions; gradability, scalarity, and vagueness; (in)definiteness and anaphora; and negation. He teaches courses in formal semantics, pragmatics, and general linguistics.

Recent publications:

    2014. Peter Alrenga and Christopher Kennedy, No more shall we part: Quantifiers in English comparatives. In Natural Language Semantics 22: 1-53.

    2012. Peter Alrenga, Christopher Kennedy, and Jason Merchant, A New Standard of Comparison. In Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Nathan Arnett and Ryan Bennett (eds.), pp. 32-42.

    2010. Peter Alrenga, Comparisons of similarity and difference. In Adjectives: Formal Analyses in Syntax and Semantics, P. Cabredo Hofherr and Ora Matusansky (eds), pp. 155-186. Amsterdam, John Benjamins.

    2009. Peter Alrenga, Types, tokens, and identity. In Proceedings of The 38th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 38).

    2006. Peter Alrenga, Scalar (non-)identity and similarity. In Proceedings of The 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 25).

    2005. Peter Alrenga, A sentential subject asymmetry in English and its implications for complement selection. Syntax 8(3): 175-207.

    2004. Arnold, Jennifer, Thomas Wasow, Ash Asudeh, and Peter Alrenga, Avoiding attachment ambiguities: The role of constituent ordering. Journal of Memory and Language 51(1): 55-70.