Robert Frank

Courses

Term: Fall 2021

LING 224/624 - Mathematics of Language

Study of formal systems that play an important role in the scientific study of language. Exploration of a range of mathematical structures and techniques; demonstrations of their application in theories of grammatical competence and performance including set theory, graphs and discrete structures, algebras, formal language, and automata theory. Evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of existing formal theories of linguistic knowledge.

1 credit for Yale College students

Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday 2:30pm - 3:45pm

LING 380/780 - Neural Networks and Language

An introduction to the computational methods associated with “deep learning” (neural network architectures, learning algorithms, network analysis). The application of such methods to the learning of linguistic patterns in the domains of syntax, phonology, and semantics. Exploration of hybrid architectures that incorporate linguistic representation into neural network learning.

Prerequisites: Python programming, basic calculus and linear algebra, introduction to linguistic theory (LING 106, 110, 116, 217 or equivalent).

1 credit for Yale College students

Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 - 10:15a
Term: Spring 2022

LING 116/516 - Cognitive Science of Language

The study of language from the perspective of cognitive science. Exploration of mental structures that underlie the human ability to learn and process language, drawing on studies of normal and atypical language development and processing, brain imaging, neuropsychology, and computational modeling. Innate linguistic structure vs. determination by experience and culture; the relation between linguistic and nonlinguistic cognition in the domains of decision making, social cognition, and musical cognition; the degree to which language shapes perceptions of color, number, space, and gender.

1 credit for Yale College students

Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:15p