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

College Fellow, Harvard University 2019-2020
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. 2020. ASL IX to locus as a modifier. NELS 50, MIT. October 25-27, 2019 [DRAFT[SLIDES]

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

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

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

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

Ahn, Dorothy. 2017. Semantics of definite descriptions: A micro-typologyGLOW 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. The point of pointing.

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.