Hi, my name is Masha (Maria) Esipova. I am a 5th year PhD student at the NYU Department of Linguistics.
I work on natural language semantics and its interfaces with syntax, pragmatics, and prosody. That is I study how we interpret the meaning of sentences and how that is affected by the structure of those sentences, the context in which they are uttered, and the intonation with which they are uttered. Apart from meaning in spoken language, I am interested in how content-bearing gestures contribute to the meaning of utterances.
I am currently working on my dissertation, which is about not-at-issue content (presuppositions, appositives, non-restricting modifiers, expressives). My committee members are Lucas Champollion (Chair), Ailís Cournane, Kathryn Davidson, Stephanie Harves, and Philippe Schlenker.
Some other topics that I am interested in include focus, questions and responses, indexicals, event semantics.
Most of my current work is primarily on English, but I often explore cross-linguistic data in my research. I have also worked a lot on my native language, Russian.
In my undergraduate years I did some research on Russian Sign Language (all my publications on RSL are in Russian). I am still very much interested in sign language linguistics, especially in how the semantics of sign language compares to that of spoken language combined with gesture.