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Background and Family

I was born in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1966, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is a medium-sized city on the Mississippi river known for Blues music, pork barbeque, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and - of course - Elvis.

I studied philosophy and linguistics at Princeton University, and then received my Ph.D. in linguistics in 1992 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I studied under Barbara Partee, writing a dissertation entitled Situation Theory and the Semantics of Propositional Expressions.

After working for a year in a now-defunct NLP project at MCC in Austin, Texas, I came to Georgetown. I am married to Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou. We live in Arlington, VA and have two children, Noah Weihan and Benjamin Weiming.