My research combines traditional philological study of Biblical Hebrew and modern linguistic methodology.  I am interested in linguistic pragmatics, a discipline in which utterances are understood as speech acts which communicate meaning and accomplish actions, and conversation analysis, a methodology which analyzes spoken dialogue as a kind of social interaction.  Current projects include the interactional analysis of question-response pairs in biblical dialogue, the historical development of Biblical Hebrew negative polarity items, and the syntax of numerical expressions in First and Second Temple Hebrew.