Mary Moroney

Mary Moroney


  • Adjunct Professor

511 Lattimore Hall

Office Hours: By appointment



Professor Mary Moroney joined the Department of Linguistics in January 2022. She graduated with his PhD from Cornell University in 2021. Her dissertation, Definiteness and Quantification: Evidence from Shan, was advised by Sarah Murray (Co-Chair), Miloje Despic (Co-Chair), John Whitman, and Keir Moulton. Her research addresses questions about nominal structure and interpretation using data from fieldwork on Shan, an understudied Kra-Dai language.

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • Semantics
  • Syntax
  • Definiteness
  • Quantification
  • Comparatives
  • Southeast Asian Languages
  • Fieldwork

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • LING 110:  Intro to Linguistic Analysis
  • LING 225 / 425:  Intro to Semantic Analysis
  • LING 265 / 465:  Formal Semantics
  • LING 389:  Senior Seminar
  • LING 267 / 467:  Semantics Seminar

Selected Publications

  • To appear. More exceedingly comparative: Adverbial & attributive Exceed comparatives. In Juhyae Kim and Burak Oney(eds.) Semantics and Linguistic Theory 33. 
  • 2022. Classifiers can be for numerals or nouns: Two strategies for numeral modification. Glossa: A journal of general linguistics 7(1), 1-35. With Carol-Rose Little and Justin Royer.  
  • 2021. Updating the typology of definiteness: Evidence from bare nouns in Shan. Glossa: A journal of general linguistics 6(1), 1–28.