I am a Professor of Philosophy at California State University Long Beach. My areas of research include the philosophy of language, atypical agency, and the intersection of language and agency with social phenomena. This has included work on the authority of pornographers, context-sensitive language and pragmatic theory, theories of quotation and indirect reports, and work on the history of speech act theory. It has also included work on the obligations of parents, and on diminished and abnegated agency. Most recently, I have turned to linguistic phenomena inside of fictional contexts, as well as the use of the fictional in ordinary speech.