Masoud Jasbi


I'm a linguist and a cognitive scientist. I use experimental and computational methods to study human language learning and understanding.

More specifically, I'm a developmental semanticist. I investigate crosslinguistic variation in the semantics of function words as well as the mechanisms that children use to discover their meanings.

Function words such as and, or, a, the, and too reveal the inner workings and logic of a language. They are ubiquitous, relatively small in number, highly abstract in meaning, and the main structural building blocks of sentences. Investigations on the types of meanings function words encode and children's acquisition of them provide an invaluable window into the nature of human language and thought.