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Carla Bombi

carla.bombi.ferrer [at] gmail.com

About

I am a research associate in semantics at the University of Potsdam (PhD position). My main research project is on demonstratives in Spanish and Italian — in particular, on how "defective" demonstratives in these languages can inform a more general theory of indexical expressions.

Other interests include definiteness in general (in languages such as Akan), and embedded interrogatives, which I investigated experimentally as a member of the project Exhaustiveness in embedded questions (ExQ).


Education & Positions

2024 – now
2017 – 2019
Research associate (PhD position), University of Potsdam (Germany)
2014 – 2017MSc Linguistics, University of Potsdam (Germany)
2011 – 2014BA Linguistics, University of Cambridge (UK)

Publications

Bombi, Carla, Mira Grubic, Agata Renans & Reginald A. Duah. 2019. The semantics of the (so-called) clausal determiner in Akan (Kwa). In M. T. Espinal, E. Castroviejo, M. Leonetti, L. McNally & C. Real-Puigdollers (eds.), Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 23, vol. 1, 181–199

Bombi, Carla. 2018. Definiteness in Akan: Familiarity and uniqueness revisited. In S. Maspong, B. Stefánsdóttir, K. Blake and F. Davis (eds.), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 28, 120–140.

Benz, Anton, Carla Bombi and Nicole Gotzner. 2018. Scalar diversity and negative strengthening. In U. Sauerland and S. Solt (eds.), Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 22, 191–203.


Master's thesis

Bombi, C. 2017. Definiteness in Akan. Master's thesis, University of Potsdam.


Talks

Bombi, Carla. Decomposing demonstratives: Pre- and postnominal that in Spanish. Talk held at the Workshop Issues in the syntax and semantics of definiteness, December 8 – 9, 2023, Bucharest (University of Bucharest)

Bombi, Carla. Before and after the noun: Semantics for Spanish possessives and demonstratives. Talk held at Going Romance 37, November 30 – December 1, 2023, Nijmegen (Radboud Universiteit)

Bombi, Carla. Semantics of el … este: Leaner demonstratives in Spanish. Talk held at the 30th Colloquium on Generative Grammar (CGG), June 30 – July 2, 2021, Barcelona (UAB)

Fricke, Lea, Carla Bombi, Dominique Blok and Malte Zimmermann. The pragmatic status of strong exhaustive readings of embedded questions. Talk held at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), March 4–6, 2020, Hamburg

Fricke, Lea, Carla Bombi, Malte Zimmermann and Edgar Onea. New evidence for intermediate exhaustive readings of wh-questions. Talk held at XPRAG.it 2019, September 19 – 20, 2019, Cagliari

Bombi, Carla, Mira Grubic, Agata Renans and Reggie Duah. The semantics of the clausal determiner in Akan (Kwa). Talk held at Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 23, September 5 – 8, 2018, Barcelona

Bombi, Carla, Mira Grubic, Agata Renans and Reggie Duah. Clausal determiners in Akan (Kwa). Talk held at The Semantics of African, Asian, and Austronesian Languages (TripleA) 5, June 27 – 29, 2018, Konstanz

Bombi, Carla. Definiteness in Akan (Kwa): Familiarity and uniqueness revisited. Poster presentation at Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 28, May 18 – 20, 2018, MIT

Fricke, Lea, Carla Bombi, Edgar Onea, and Malte Zimmermann. Exhaustivity of wh-interrogatives embedded under German wissen 'know'. Talk held at the 19th Szklarska Poreba Workshop, February 23 – 26, 2018, Szklarska Poreba (Poland)

Bombi, Carla and Joseph P. De Veaugh-Geiss, Quantitative data in the field: A case study on Akan. Poster presented at Linguistic Evidence 2018, February 15 – 17, 2018, Tübingen

Benz, Anton, Carla Bombi and Nicole Gotzner. Scalar diversity and negative strengthening. Talk held at Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB) 22, September 7 – 10, 2017, Potsdam


Other

2019 – 2023Editor (with Radek Šimík) of the special collection Definiteness and referentiality at Glossa
2019Co-organizer (with Radek Šimík) of the workshop Sorting out the concepts behind definiteness (41st Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society/DGfS, Bremen, 2019)