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Michael McCourt

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Graduate Student, Philosophy

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My research focuses on questions about meaning at the intersections of philosophy, linguistics, and psychology. I ask what the notion of modularity has to do with the distinction between semantics and pragmatics; how we can test hypotheses about covert linguistic material; and, more generally, how a theory of linguistic meaning relates to the psychology underlying language use. Before coming to Maryland, I earned Bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, followed by a Master's in philosophy at Northern Illinois University.