Undergrad Students

Jackson Petty and Bob Frank present at the BU Conference on Language Development

At the recent (virtual) BU conference on Language Development (November 4-7, 2021), Jackson Petty and Bob Frank presented their work on “Learning structure-role alignments without linguistic bias: A computational exploration”. This paper studied the degree to which modern neural network-based language models come to acquire facts about argument-structure alternations from vast amounts of linguistic experience, but without any innate language-specific constraints.

How to find and work with a linguist

The Fieldwork Working Group has published the first in a series of videos aimed at connecting language communities with pertinent information about working with linguistics. The first video features information about how to find and work with a linguist as well as a list of the types of projects and tasks linguists can support language communities with. The Fieldwork Working Group is also taking suggestions for topics to discuss in future videos to be added to the series. The Fieldwork Working Group is headed by Natalie Weber. A link to the first video in the series is available below.

Josephine Holubkov wins Babel Young Writers' Competition

Linguistics major Josephine Holubkov ‘24 has won Babel magazine’s Young Writers’ Competition. Josephine is a member of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project and has served as NACLO chair of the Yale Undergraduate Linguistics Society. As described on its website, “Babel is the quarterly language magazine that brings you cutting-edge linguistic research in an accessible and colourful format”.

Sign of the times

Noah Macey (Linguistics ‘09) reports on a new pilot American Sign Language (ASL) program at Yale, with courses taught by Jessica Tanner. The pilot program begins in the spring, when the university will offer two ASL classes through the Linguistics Department, which petitioned the Language Study Committee last spring for the course’s approval.

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