|Nationality||German, resident of the United States since 1985|
|Education||University of Konstanz, MA (1973) |
University of Konstanz, PhD (1979)
|Semantics in Generative Grammar (with Irene Heim)|
"What 'must' and 'can' must and can mean"
She was born in Germany, and received her PhD from the University of Konstanz in 1979, with a dissertation entitled Semantik der Rede. She is an influential and widely cited semanticist whose expertise includes modals, conditionals, situation semantics, and a range of topics relating to the syntax–semantics interface.
Among her most influential ideas are: a unified analysis of modality of different flavors (building on the work of Jaakko Hintikka); a modal analysis of conditionals; and the hypothesis ("the little v hypothesis") that the agent argument of a transitive verb is introduced syntactically whereas the theme argument is selected for lexically.