I investigate the underlying denotations of expressions that result in the patterns we see on the surface within and across languages.
To do so, I make use of both formal theoretic and experimental approaches to natural language semantics.

Updated: June, 2020

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University 2020-
PhD in Linguistics , Harvard University 2019
BA in Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania 2012

Dorothy at TEAL10 [2015.06]

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PhD thesis

Ahn, Dorothy. 2019. THAT thesis: A competition-based mechanism for anaphoric expressions. PhD thesis, Harvard University.

Journal articles

Ahn, Dorothy. 2019. ASL IX to locus as a modifier. In Snippets.

Ahn, Dorothy & Van der Wal, Jenneke. 2019. What does that Lugwere demonstratives refer to? A semantic analysis of proximity and exteriority. In Studies in African Linguistics Vol 48.

Ahn, Dorothy. & Sauerland, Uli. 2017. Measure constructions with relative measures: Towards a syntax of non-conservative construals. The Linguistic Review. doi:10.1515/tlr-2017-0001 [DRAFT


Ahn, Dorothy, Ankana Saha, & Uli Sauerland. 2020. Positively Polar Plurals. Poster at SALT 30, Cornell. August 17-20, 2020 [OSF Page]

Ahn, Dorothy. 2020. ASL IX to locus as a modifier. Proceedings of NELS 50, MIT. [DRAFT[SLIDES]

Ahn, Dorothy & Sudha Arunachalam. 2020. Anaphoric that: Difference between adults and children. Proceedings of BUCLD 44. October 25-27. [PREPRINT]

Ahn, Dorothy, Annemarie Kocab & Kathryn Davidson. 2019. The role of contrast in anaphoric expressions in ASL. Proceedings of GLOW in Asia 2019, Seoul, Korea. August 6-9, 2019. [DRAFT]

Kocab, Annemarie, Dorothy Ahn, Gunnar Lund & Kathryn Davidson. 2019. Reconsidering agreement in sign languages. Poster at GLOW 42, Oslo, Norway. May 7-10. [POSTER]

Ahn, Dorothy & Kathryn Davidson. 2017. Where pointing matters: English and Korean demonstratives. Proceedings of NELS 2017, Iceland. October 27-20. [DRAFT]

Ahn, Dorothy. 2017. Semantics of definite descriptions: A micro-typology. Proceedings of GLOW in Asia 2017, Singapore. February 20-22.

Ahn, Dorothy. & Charnavel, Isabelle. 2017. Perspective on Korean Anaphors: Comparing Inanimate cachey vs. Animate caki-casin. Proceedings of WCCFL34 

Ahn, Dorothy. 2016. NPI intervention of too. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20

Ahn, Dorothy. & Sauerland, Uli. (2015). The grammar of relative measurement. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 25, 125-142. doi:10.3765/salt.v25i0.3062 

Ahn, Dorothy. & Sauerland, Uli. (2015). Reverse Quantification with Proportional Quantifiers. NELS 45: Proceedings of the Forty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, MIT. [DRAFT]

Ahn, Dorothy. 2015. The semantics of additive either. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19


Ahn, Dorothy. In Prep. Bare Noun Blocking.

Ahn, Dorothy. In Prep. It's not just that: A unified theory of pronouns and demonstratives.

Ahn, Dorothy. In Prep. Unified theory of anaphoric expressions.

Ahn, Dorothy. 2019. Anaphoric expressions in ASL. MS, Lingbuzz.

Ahn, Dorothy & Snedeker, Jesse. Submitted. Early acquisition of plural morphology in a classifier language: Data from Korean 2-4 year olds.

Ahn, Dorothy. 2015. Condition A, Exemption, and Logophoricity in Korean. MS (Generals paper), Harvard.