Seven Yale linguists presented six posters and two invited talks, highlighting their own research as well as projects from CLAY.
Computational & Mathematical Linguistics
Bob Frank has been awarded a grant by the NSF on the topic of “Inductive Biases for the Acquisition of Syntactic Transformations in Neural Networks.” This work, in collaboration with Tal Linzen of Johns Hopkins, will explore the degree to which explicit innate biases are needed to learn linguistic mappings, whether between linguistic forms (e.g., active/passive or declarative/interrogative) or between forms and meanings.
Members of the Pama-Nyungan lab recently published a write-up of their results on forced alignment algorithms. Their paper on “A Robin Hood approach to forced alignment: English-trained algorithms and their use on Australian languages” was recently published in the proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. They show that for some purposes, English-trained models can be used without crucial loss of accuracy.
Many members of the Yale linguistics department made a mass exodus to the the recent LSA annual meeting in New York City, where they gave 19 oral and poster presentations at the main meeting, workshops, and sister society meetings. These included:
We are excited to work with Caitlyn Antal, Marisha Evans, Randi Martinez, and Jared Sharp as they pursue their graduate studies!
Results on syntax and phonology by Jim Wood, Matt Tyler, and Yiding Hao were showcased at the Penn Linguistics Conference in March.
Sixteen presentations and posters from current and former Yale faculty and students were showcased at the annual meeting of the LSA.
Graduate students from Stony Brook University, NYU, and CUNY came to Yale University’s main campus in New Haven, Connecticut.
The lecture is given each year by a Dartmouth alum who is currently engaged in linguistics research or related work.
Results on TAG parsing and finite-state Optimality Theory were presented at TAG+, FSMNLP, and EMNLP.
Two linguists were honored at this year’s Yale University Commencement.
Bob’s invited talk is ”Top-down, bottom-up or inside-out? Direction and grain size in syntactic derivation” and Raffaella’s talk is “The structure of presentatives.”
Matt’s talk is “In Choctaw, everyone’s a clitic.” Rikker’s is “Prosodic context in computational modeling of tone: citation tones vs. running speech.”
Rashad Ullah, Martín Fuchs, Josh Phillips, Andy Zhang, Dan Schwennicke, Yiding Hao, and Rikker Dockum presented their work at four different conferences and workshops.
Tomorrow, lecturer Hadas Kotek is giving a talk, undergraduate alumna Maria Kouneli is presenting a paper, and former faculty member Gaja Jarosz is delivering a plenary talk.
She is one of several authors on an article in Nature about the genomic history of Aboriginal Australia, and her contributions to that paper were profiled in Science.
Members of our department traveled all over the world for summer institutes, conferences, and fieldwork, and we hosted several visiting undergraduate researchers on campus.
One talk discussed computational modeling of Khamti tone, and the other examines how syntactic borrowing may explain similarities between Khmer and Thai numeral classifiers.
We are delighted to have Sarah Babinski (Swarthmore ’16), Yiding Hao (UChicago ’15), Dan Schwennicke (Oxford ’16), and Andy Zhang (Yale ’15) join our department.
Rikker will travel in May to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.
[Updated April 18, 2016]
On two Fridays, April 15 and April 22, Yale linguistics graduate students in their second and third years will give talks based on their qualifying papers. These papers, one of which is required in each of the second and third years and which cover two different areas of linguistics, represent significant original research culminating in a work of publishable quality.
Claire Bowern recently delivered the keynote address at Ohio State University’s 13th Annual Martin Luther King Day Linguistics Symposium. This annual event is organized around a different theme each year, with this year’s being ”Mathematical/Computational Tools in and for Historical Linguistics.”
Several members of the department will give talks, present posters, and receive awards.
The paper, titled “Learning General Phonological Rules From Distributional Information: A Computational Model,” appears in the journal Cognitive Science.
Welcome to Faruk Akkuʂ (Boğaziçi ’12, ’14), Parker Brody (Kentucky ’08, ’14), Martin Fuchs (Buenos Aires ’13), Chris Geissler (Swarthmore ’13), and Josh Phillips (UNSW ’11)!
Congratulations to our linguistics degree recipients!