Farrell Ackerman is a Professor in the Linguistics Department and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Human Development at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. Over the past few years his focus of interest has shifted from syntactic phenomena viewed from the perspective of lexical theories of grammar to word-based and construction-theoretic morphological models as applied to the morphological systems of various Uralic languages. He is presently completing a 3 year Hans Rausing Language Documentation Project on the morphosyntax of Tundra Nenets.
Artemis Alexiadou received her Ph.D. in 1994 and her habilitation in 1999 from Potsdam University. From 1995 to 2000 she was first research associate and then managing director at the Research Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals (ZAS) in Berlin. From 2000 to 2002 she was a Heisenberg scholarship holder, affiliated with the University of Potsdam. Since November 2002 she has been the chair of the Institute of English Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart. Her research interests include comparative syntax and the syntax-morphology interface. She has worked on adverbs, noun phrases, Case and the EPP, and unaccusativity.
Arto Anttila is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1998, and taught linguistics at Boston University and New York University before returning to Stanford. He is also affiliated with the University of Helsinki (Finland) where he is Docent in General Linguistics. Anttila's research focuses on phonology, morphology and language variation.
LSA.365 Variation in Optimality Theory
Jennifer Arnold is an Assistant Professor (UNC Chapel Hill, psychology), with graduate training in linguistics (Stanford, Ph.D. 1998), and postdoctoral research in psychology / cognitive science (University of Pennsylvania; Rochester). Her research investigates the cognitive processes of language comprehension and production, with a focus on how people produce and understand referring expressions rapidly, on-line. A central question of this research is the degree to which psycholinguistic processes are impacted by considerations of the mental state of one's interlocutor. Recent eyetracking studies established that disfluency affects comprehension by creating biases toward unmentioned or novel objects, which are both relatively difficult to describe.
Nicholas Asher is Senior Scientist at CNRS, laboratoire IRIT, and Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas. He works on issues in semantics and pragmatics. He has developed a formal theory of discourse interpretation known as Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT). SDRT uses dynamic semantics and a formal theory of rhetorical function and discourse structure to investigate the interactions between discourse structure and a variety of phenomena, including pronominal and temporal anaphora, presupposition, ellpisis, and contextual effects on word meaning. Asher has written two books on this subject as well as a number of articles. Currently, Asher is participating in a NSF project to implement SDRT in a probabilistic parser and to test some of its predictions.
Ash Asudeh is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science (SLALS/ICS) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has previously taught courses at the University of Canterbury and at ESSLLI and has co-taught courses at Stanford University and NASSLLI. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University (2004). His primary research interests are syntax, semantics, the intersection of logic and linguistics, and linguistic theory and grammatical architectures.
Philip Baldi (Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1973) is Professor of Linguistics and Classics at Penn State University, where he teaches courses in general, historical and classical linguistics. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii (1980), University of Amsterdam (1987), the University de la Laguna, Tenerife (1996), and Stanford (2002); he was the Fulbright Chair in Historical Linguistics at the University of Naples (1996), and taught at the LSA Summer Institute at Stanford in 1987. His research interests center around historical linguistics, including methodology, Indo-European linguistics, and historical syntax.
Marlyse Baptista is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Georgia and a member of the CNRS (UMR 7023-Structures Formelles du Langage-). She received her Ph.D. from Harvard (Linguistics) in 1997, was a visiting scholar at MIT for a year and was part of Jacqueline Guéron's syntax team in Spring 2000 (Université de Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle). She investigates the morpho-syntactic properties of creole languages combining corpus data (based on fieldwork) with the use of generative, typological, descriptive and technological (Wordsmith) tools. She is also interested in theories of language change, language creation and creole formation, and focuses particularly on the precise identification and account of the cognitive processes at work in contact situations. In her work, she promotes the officialization and use of creoles as languages of instruction.
David Beaver is an Associate Professor at the Stanford University Department of Linguistics, and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Philosophy at UT Austin. After gaining his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh, he spent six years in the Philosophy Department at the University of Amsterdam, and then nine at Stanford University before moving to UT Austin in 2006. His work centers around information structure, particularly presupposition and focus, with further interests in computational semantics, and cognitive science more generally.
Emily Bender is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington, and the faculty director of UW's Professional Master's Program in Computational Linguistics. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford (Linguistics) in 2001, and she has taught at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Her research interests include multilingual grammar engineering, digital tools for linguistics, computational typology, syntax and sociolinguistics.
LSA.118P Using TOOLBOX
Steven Bird's research activities concern computational models for linguistic structures and processes, with application to language technologies and to the documentation of endangered languages. His current focus is on efficient query for databases of hierarchically annotated data. After completing a Ph.D. on computational phonology at the University of Edinburgh in 1990, he worked on a series of European research projects and conducted linguistic fieldwork in Cameroon with SIL. In 1998 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, becoming Associate Director of the LDC, and working on models and tools for linguistic annotation. In 2002 he returned home to Australia and established the Melbourne University Language Technology Group. His key activities are leading the Language Technology Group; developing the Natural Language Toolkit; writing a textbook on computational linguistics; working on an NSF project on Querying Linguistic Databases; and editing Cambridge Studies in Natural Language Processing and the ACL Anthology.
Betty Birner received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1992 and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, at the University of Pennsylvania, from 1993 to 1995. She is currently an Associate Professor and member of the Cognitive Studies Group at Northern Illinois University. Her primary research interests include discourse, pragmatics, the syntax/pragmatics and semantics/pragmatics interfaces, reference, and cognitive science. She has served as a linguistics expert witness in legal cases, and is currently Chair of the LSA's Undergraduate Program Advisory Committee.
Patrick Blackburn is a Directeur de Recherche at INRIA, France's national organization for research in computer science. His research focuses on logic and its applications, and in particular, applications in natural language and knowledge representation.
Jim Blevins is an Assistant Director of Research in the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics in the University of Cambridge. He received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the UMass - Amherst in 1990. Before coming to Cambridge in 1997, he worked at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, taught at the University of Western Australia and held a number of visiting positions. His research interests fall mainly in the areas of syntax and morphology and focus particularly on the organization of inflectional systems. His current language interests include Germanic, Estonian and Georgian.
Juliette Blevins is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. She received her doctorate in Linguistics from MIT in 1985, and the same year, took a position at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests in phonology range from historical, descriptive and typological studies, to theoretical analysis with a synthesis in her recent book Evolutionary Phonology. Her areal interests include Oceanic languages, Australian Aboriginal languages, and Native American languages. She is currently working on a database of regular sound change, and preparing a grammar of Yurok, an endangered language of northwestern California.
LSA.316 Evolutionary Phonology
MarÍa Blume (Ph.D. Cornell University) is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at UTEP. Her research focuses on the acquisition of syntax, morphology and pragmatics by monolingual and bilingual children, with a special interest in Spanish. Most recently she has focused on second language acquisition by children, and her new projects involve adult second language acquisition and Quechua. She has also worked in collaboration with Virtual Center for Language Acquisition (VCLA) members on the creation of databases and manuals for establishing sound research procedures on language acquisition.
Jürgen Bohnemeyer is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo. He received his Ph.D. from Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 1998. From 1998 till 2003, he was first a postdoctoral fellow and then a senior research staff member at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. His research focuses on semantic typology, the comparative study of linguistic categorization. He is in particular interested in the representation of space and time. He works on Mesoamerican languages and has conducted field research on Yukatek Maya since 1991.
Lera Boroditsky is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. She received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University, to which she returned after initially taking a faculty position at MIT in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Her work centers on the nature of mental representation (what thoughts are made of), and on how knowledge emerges out of the interactions of mind, world and language. She has done much work looking at the ways that languages and cultures shape human thinking, and has collected data around the world, from Indonesia to Chile to Turkey to Aboriginal Australia. Her work combines approaches from cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics, cognitive development, and cognitive neuroscience.
LSA.335 Language and Thought
Johan Bos is an Associate Professor at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza,' Italy. He obtained his Ph.D. from Saarland University, Germany, and had a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in computational linguistics and natural language processing, in particular focusing on the role of semantic theory in practical applications such as spoken dialogue systems and automatic question answering.
Claire Bowern is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Rice University. Her Ph.D. dissertation (Harvard University, 2004) was a reconstruction of the history of the Nyulnyulan language family, spoken in the Kimberley region of Northern Australia, concentrating on one language, Bardi. She specializes in historical linguistics and the description of endangered languages. In addition to her work on Kimberley languages, she has done field research in Arnhem Land and Western Queensland. She is currently working on further reconstruction work in Nyulnyulan, and preliminary historical work on Yolngu and Pama-Nyungan.
Joan Bresnan is currently a professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford, having previously taught at MIT and UMass - Amherst, as well as at a number of domestic and international summer institutes and winterschools. She is the Edward Sapir Professor at the 2007 Linguistic Institute. Her current interests include the empirical foundations of syntax, typology, and using corpus and experimental methods with modern statistical models to investigate cognitive architectures for language. She also has longstanding interests in English, Bantu, and Australian Aboriginal languages and varieties. She has recently started the Spoken Syntax Lab at CSLI and a new sequence of courses in "Laboratory syntax" at Stanford.
LSA.347 Rethinking Linguistic Competence
Mary Bucholtz is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1997. She has previously taught at Texas A&M University, Stanford University, and the 2003 LSA Linguistic Institute at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, with an emphasis on language and race, gender, and youth identities in the United States. Her current research projects include a study of white teenagers' language and a study of Mexican migrant youth language. She has conducted research on African American Vernacular English, California English, and American Spanish.
LSA.333 Language and Identity
Kathryn Campbell-Kibler is currently a lecturer in sociolinguistics at the University of Michigan. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University examining the influence of the English variable (ING) on listener reactions to speakers varied by gender and regional origin. Her current research interests include experimental approaches to sociolinguistics, language and gender, language and sexuality and the intersection of sociolinguistics with other social and cognitive approaches to language use.
LSA.318 Experimental Sociolinguistics
Daniel Casasanto has been an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Psychology Department at Stanford University since 2005, when he received his Ph.D. from MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. His dissertation research on how people conceptualize space and time provided the some of first non-linguistic evidence for Conceptual Metaphor Theory, and for Whorfian effects of language on thought. His work integrates linguistic and behavioral methods to explore cultural influences on cognition, the nature of abstract concepts, and how talking and thinking relate to perceiving and acting.
Anne H. Charity is Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at the College of William and Mary. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She is currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics and has served as a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow the Thurgood Marshall Fellow-in-Residence at Dartmouth College. Her research centers on the speech patterns of African-American children in the Southeastern United States and the attitudes that teachers and others that provide services to children have towards children's dialect variation. She is also interested in the relationship between language variation and social mobility in the United States and Canada.
Yuchin Chien (Ph.D. Cornell University) is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research focuses on experimental study of language acquisition from a cross-linguistic perspective and interaction between language-specific features and cognition.
Alexander Clark is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Royal Holloway University of London. He obtained his D.Phil. from the University of Sussex, with a dissertation entitled "Unsupervised Language Acquisition: Theory and Practice". His research interests are primarily in the field of unsupervised learning applied to natural language, and in grammatical inference.
Eve Clark (Ph.D., Edinburgh) is the Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University. She has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, at University College London, and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She has worked extensively on first language acquisition - on syntax, word-formation, and children's acquisition of meaning. She is currently concerned with the relations between the content of child-directed speech and language acquisition for (a) negative feedback when young children make errors, and (b) the licensing of inferences about possible meanings. She also works on the pragmatics of adult word-formation and lexical usage more generally.
LSA.355 The Acquisition of Meaning
Herbert H. Clark (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and a James McKeen Cattell Fellow and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is best known for his work on pragmatic issues. These include, for example, how we manage disfluencies in spontaneous speech (e.g., uh and um, repetitions, and the pronounced as "thee"); how referring to things in conversation is a collaborative process; and how we establish and make use of common ground in coordinating with each other in joint activities.
Clifton has been doing psycholinguistics since the early 1960's. He was trained at the University of Minnesota as a cognitive psychologist, but enjoys keeping one eye on linguistics and linguists. His early work was inspiring by reading Chomsky and the early generative grammarians, and his interest in psycholinguistics has been kept alive by collaborations with colleagues Lyn Frazier and Keith Rayner and with students at the University of Massachusetts.. He has enjoyed being part of an active and collaborative group in the UMass Psychology and Linguistics Departments. His own research has involved various topics in syntactic parsing (long distance dependencies, modularity, lexical factors, reanalysis, etc.) and has of late expanded to include prosody and various topics in semantic influences on language comprehension.
LSA.101P Experimental Design for Linguists
Cleo Condoravdi (Ph.D. Yale University) is a member of the research staff at the Palo Alto Research Center and Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University. Her main areas of research are in formal and computational semantics and in knowledge representation and reasoning for automated natural language understanding. The focus of some of her recent work is on modality and temporality and on the interactions between components of meaning that underlie complex inferential properties of linguistic expressions.
Mary Dalrymple is currently Professor of Linguistics at Oxford University. She completed her PhD in linguistics at Stanford University in 1990, and spent the next thirteen years as a researcher at Xerox PARC, now the Palo Alto Research Center. She left PARC in 2003 to take up a position in the computer science department at King's College London, and moved from King's to the Centre for Linguistics and Philology at Oxford in 2004. Her main interests are in syntax, semantics, and the interface between them.
LSA.105P Introduction to LFG
Rory DePaolis is Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Acoustics at Pennsylvania State University in 1991. From 1996 through 1997 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Wales Bangor. His recent research has explored the link between speech production and perception in the first year of life. This work has led to a model of early language development based on Dynamic Systems theory. He has also analyzed cross-linguistic infant data to understand the contributions of physiology, perception, and word use to prosodic development.
Hubert Devonish is Professor of Linguistics at the University of the West Indies where he has taught since 1979. He is currently Head of the Dept. of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, as well as Coordinator of the Jamaican Language Unit, set up to carry out language planning activities involving the Jamaican Language, i.e. Jamaican Creole. He has published in the area of language policy and language politics, notably the book 'Language and Liberation: Creole Language Politics in the Caribbean' (Karia Press, London, 1986) a revised and expanded edition of which is due to appear in 2007. He has published widely in the area of Creole Linguistics, particularly the suprasegmental systems of these languages, the most recent work being 'Talking Rhythm, Stessing Tone: Prominence in Anglo-West African Creole Languages', (Arawak Press, Kingston, Jamaica, 2002). His most recent research activity has been in the area of Bilingual Education in Jamaica, with the focus on full Bilingual Education in English and Jamaican (Creole) in Primary Schools.
Ken Drozd (Ph.D. University of Arizona, Tucson) is an Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. His research covers topics in the acquisition of negation and quantification, focusing on children's comprehension of the interaction between discourse pragmatics and semantics in the interpretation of quantificational operators.
Cristina Dye (Ph.D. Cornell University, 2005) is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Brain and Language Lab at Georgetown University. Her research interests span linguistic theory, typical and atypical language acquisition, and neurobiological substrates of language. Her main work has been on the first language acquisition of grammatical categories, especially auxiliaries, and has been informed by cross-linguistic comparisons involving English and Romance languages. Additionally, she has been involved in exploring and developing new methodologies for studying the language of young children.
Penelope Eckert (Ph.D. Columbia University 1978) is Professor of Linguistics and, by courtesy, of Cultural and Social Anthropology, at Stanford University. Her earliest work was on phonological variation and change in Gascon, based on fieldwork in a village in the Pyrenees. Her focus then moved to the social motivations for the adoption of sound changes, and more generally to meaning in variation. She has done extensive work on variation among US adolescents and preadolescents, locating the quantitative study of phonological variation in extensive ethnographic fieldwork. In recent years, she has concentrated a good deal on the role of gender in variation, and has also returned to work in the Pyrenees with the last speakers on Gascon.
LSA.348 Social Theory and Variation
Robert Englebretson is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Rice University, where he has taught courses on discourse, morphosyntax, field methods, research methodologies, and grammar in social interaction. His research focuses on discourse and grammar, interactional linguistics, and functional linguistic theory. He has done fieldwork in Indonesia, and has authored a recent book on Colloquial Indonesian clause combining (published 2003 by John Benjamins Publishing): Searching for Structure: the Problem of Complementation in Colloquial Indonesian Conversation. He has additionally worked extensively on grammar and interaction in conversational English, and is co-editor (with John W. Du Bois) of volumes III-IV of the Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English.
LSA.114P Transcribing Spoken Interaction
Evelina Fedorenko is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She is interested in the question of the extent of domain-specificity in the mind and brain with regard to language and other cognitive systems. Her primary research focuses on the nature of the working memory system underlying language processing and on the effects of working memory constraints on our ability to utilize the information sources available to us in the course of sentence comprehension (e.g., syntactic information, lexico-semantic information, context, plausibility). She is also pursuing research aimed at understanding the interaction of different information sources, and several projects investigating the relationship between language and music at various levels of analyses (e.g., auditory processing, structural representations), using behavioral methods, corpus analyses and functional MRI.
Hana Filip (Ph.D. UC Berkeley) is an assistant professor at the University of Florida. Her main area of specialization is semantics. Other areas of research interest include pragmatics, syntax-semantics interface, typology, morphology, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics. She previously held positions at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Rochester, Northwestern University, and Stanford University.
Charles Fillmore is a Professor of Linguistics Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley and a Senior Research Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute. His research activities include computational lexicography (framenet.icsi.berkeley.edu) and constructional approaches to grammar.
LSA.102P Introduction to Construction Grammar
Ed Finegan (Ph.D. Ohio University) is Professor of Linguistics and Law at the University of Southern California. His interest in register variation encompasses legal and scientific registers and the relationship between sociolinguistic style and social dialect variation. His books include Language in the USA (2004, co-edited with John R. Rickford) and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Register (1994, co-edited with Douglas Biber). He has written on synchronic variation in sociolinguistic style and its historical development. He was founding editor of Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of English Language and Linguistics and Advances in Corpus Linguistics. He serves as a linguistics consultant in forensic linguistics and as a member of the LSA's Advisory to Programs Committee. He is the recipient of USC's Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching and taught at the 2001 LSA Summer Institute at UC Santa Barbara.
Dan Flickinger is a Senior Research Engineer at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University, and was recently a visiting Senior Researcher at the University of Oslo. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford (Linguistics) in 1987, and worked for eleven years in the Natural Language Project at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, and later for two years as Chief Technical Officer at YY Technologies, an NLP startup. He has taught courses at Stanford, Saarland University, the University of Oslo, and several European summer schools. His research interests include large-scale grammar engineering, syntax, parsing and generation, compositional semantics, the use of stochastic models in parse selection, and the use of deep linguistic processing in NLP applications.
Suzanne Flynn (Ph.D. Cornell University) is a Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at MIT. Her research focuses on the acquisition of various aspects of syntax by both children and adults in bilingual, second and third language acquisition contexts. This research is linked to current cognitive and linguistic theories. More recently, her work has also focused on the neural representation of the multilingual brain, as well as on the phonological and acoustic underpinnings of accent. She also focuses on understanding and developing research methodologies that most precisely evaluate developing linguistic competence.
Claire Foley is a Lecturer in the Program in Linguistics at Boston College. After completing her Ph.D. in Linguistics at Cornell University in 1996, she served on the faculty at Morehead State University until 2002. She has collaborated on research at MIT and American Institutes for Research. Her interests include the first language acquisition of subordinate structures across languages and the theoretical foundations for empirical methodology in language acquisition.
James Fox is Associate Professor of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University (Ph.D. 1978, University of Chicago). He is Former Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford. His research interests include historical linguistics, language phylogeny and reconstruction, Mesoamerican languages, settlement of the Americas, Maya hieroglyphic writing, field linguistics on moribund languages, and pidgins and creoles.
LSA.334 Language and Prehistory
Susanne Gahl is a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. From 1999 to 2001, she was a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Harvard University. She has also held postdoctoral research appointments at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. Her research combines experimental and corpus linguistic approaches to linguistic analysis and psycholinguistics. Her interests include exemplar-based and probabilistic models of language production and comprehension at the levels of phonology, morphology, and syntax, and language disorders.
Richard Gerrig is a Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1984. Before joining the faculty at Stony Brook, he taught at Yale University where he was awarded the the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences. Gerrig's primary research focuses on readers' experiences of narrative worlds. He considers both the basic cognitive psychological processes that enable readers to understand discourse and the broader consequences of readers' experiences of being transported to narrative worlds. In addition, he studies issues of common ground and audience design. He explores how memory processes allow speakers and addressees to adapt to each other.
Edward Gibson is a professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He has a Ph.D. (1991) from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) in computational linguistics. His research is in sentence and discourse comprehension and production. Some major research avenues that he has pursued in recent years include: (1) word order, working memory and sentence complexity; (2) the interaction of information sources in on-line language comprehension; (3) syntactic representational and discourse coherence representation issues (e.g., are tree structures appropriate?); (4) the relationship between intonational boundary information and syntactic structure; and (5) language learning. He uses two kinds of methods in order to investigate these issues: behavioral methods like reading and listening paradigms in order to gather reaction time and response accuracy data, and corpus analyses.
Adele Goldberg is Professor of Linguistics at Princeton University. After getting her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1992, she taught at UCSD and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign before moving to Princeton in 2004. She has also taught at several previous LSA Linguistic Institutes (1999, 2001, 2005) and at the LOT winter school in Amsterdam (1995, 2006). She was honored to be a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and won the Gustave O. Arlt award in the Humanities for her book, Constructions. Her research interest is on the psychology of language, particularly the way form and meaning are related, and the way these pairings are learned and represented.
LSA.310 Constructing Constructions
Shelome Gooden (Ph.D., 2003) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. She recieved her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the Ohio State University examining phonological and phonetic properties of reduplicated words in Jamaican Creole. Her research focuses on prosodic properties of Caribbean English Creoles and sociolinguistics (language and identity). Her current research projects include a prosodic typology of Caribbean Creoles and a study of sociolinguistic variation and local identity among African Americans in Pittsburgh. She has also conducted research on morphosyntactic variation of tense morphology in Belizean Creole. She has conducted field work in Jamaica and Belize.
Stefan Th. Gries earned his Ph.D. in English Linguistics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Since then he held positions as Assistant and then Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Denmark and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are corpus (and computational) linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and construction grammar.
Jeanette Gundel (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1974) is Professor and Chair of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, where she also holds appointments in Philosophy, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, and the Center for Cognitive Sciences. She has also taught at Ohio State University, the University of Hawaii, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the 2003 LSA Linguistic Institute at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the grammar-pragmatics interface, specifically on topics related to information structure and reference. A central question of this research is the relation between knowledge of language and other cognitive structures/processes involved in language use.
Gregory Guy (Ph.D. Pennsylvania) is Professor of Linguistics at NYU, and has been on the faculty at Sydney, Temple, Cornell, Stanford, and York, and Linguistic Institutes of the LSA (1993, 1997, 2003) and the Associação Brasileira de Lingüística (1999, 2005). He specializes in the study of sociolinguistic diversity and language variation and change. He has conducted research on English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. His current research centers on the treatment of variation in linguistic theory, including such problems as: functional constraints on variation, locating variation in the grammar, and relating individual and community grammars.
LSA.337 Language Change in Progress
Kira Hall received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley in 1995 and is currently Associate Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at the University of Colorado. She has held teaching positions at Rutgers University, Yale University Stanford University, and the 1997 LSA Linguistic Institute at Cornell University. Situated between the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, Hall's research focuses on issues of language and identity in India and the United States, with special attention to gender and sexuality. She is currently writing a book on the sociolinguistic practices of groups associated with sexual alterity in northern India.
LSA.333 Language and Identity
LSA.326 Introduction to Metrics
Alice Harris, Professor of Linguistics at SUNY Stony Brook, received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976. She taught at Vanderbilt University from 1979 to 2002, where she chaired the Department of Germanic and Slavic Language for her last ten years there. In the past she has done work on diachronic syntax and on languages of the Caucasus. Her current research interests involve the nature of the word cross-linguistically, extended exponence, morpheme order, explanation of typological rarity, and diachronic problems in morphology.
K. David Harrison, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College, USA and Director of Research, Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. He is a phonologist, documentary linguist and specialist in Siberian Turkic languages, including several that are severely endangered. He has lived and worked extensively with nomadic groups in Tuva and Mongolia since 1996, co-authoring a grammar and dictionary of Tuvan. He has also conducted collaborative, community-based fieldwork in India, the Philippines, and Native America, and has been awarded major funding for his projects. He has developed and taught training courses for graduate and professional linguists and undergraduate majors.
Julia Hirschberg is Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1985-2003 she worked at Bell Labs and AT&T Labs, working on intonation assignment in text-to-speech synthesis and then as Head of the Human Computer Interaction Research Department. Her research focuses on prosody in speech generation and understanding. She currently works on speech summarization, recognizing and understanding varieties of speaker state (emotional, charismatic, deceptive), and dialogue prosody. Hirschberg is President of the International Speech Communication Association and co-editor-in-chief of Speech Communication. She was editor-in-chief of Computational Linguistics and on the board of the Association for Computational Linguistics from 1993-2003. She has been a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence since 1994.
LSA.353 Spoken Dialogue Systems
Miyako Inoue received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1996. She is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University, where she teaches linguistic anthropology and Japan studies. Her first book, Vicarious Language: Gender and Linguistic Modernity in Japan traces the history of the idea of "Japanese women's language," its emergence to the opening of the twentieth century in the context of Japanese modernization, and also presents an ethnographic analysis of the centrality of women's language in contemporary gender politics. Her current research concerns the social history of Japanese stenography and its linkage with the concept of modern Japanese language, gender and colonialism.
LSA.348 Social Theory and Variation
Keith Johnson joined UC Berkeley in 2004, before which he had teaching and research positions at Ohio State University, UCLA, University of Alabama (Birmingham), and Indiana University. He has published widely on phonetics and phonology.
LSA.317 Experimental Phonology
Dan Jurafsky is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department, Symbolic Systems Program, and, by courtesy, Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He received a BA in linguistics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, did postdoctoral work at ICSI/Berkeley, and then taught for 8 years at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a MacArthur Fellow, and is also the drummer for the Stanford Linguistics department band "Dead Tongues". Dan studies speech and language processing by both humans and machines, focusing on integrating rich sources of linguistic knowledge with statistical models. He is also currently working on the second edition of his computational linguistics textbook with Jim Martin.
Elsi Kaiser is an assistant professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rochester before moving to USC. Her primary area of interest is psycholinguistics, and her current research focuses on the use of eye-tracking and reaction-time measures to investigate adult sentence processing, including issues such as how different kinds of linguistic information are interpreted and integrated during real-time language comprehension. Dr. Kaiser is especially interested in cross-linguistic work and has conducted research on Finnish, Estonian, Dutch and English.
Paul Kay is a Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus at U.C., Berkeley and a Senior Research Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley. His principal research interests include the relation of language to perception and cognition, especially in the domain of color, and constraint-based, constructional approaches to syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
LSA.102P Introduction to Construction Grammar
Paul Kiparsky, a native of Finland, is the Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His research interests include phonology, morphology, morphosyntax, historical linguistics and metrics. He received a Ph.D. from MIT in 1965.
Dan Klein is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. Stanford). His research focuses on statistical natural language processing, including unsupervised learning methods, grammar induction, syntactic parsing, information extraction, and machine translation. His academic honors include a British Marshall Fellowship, an inaugural Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship, and best paper awards at the ACL, NAACL, and EMNLP conferences.
LSA.322 Statistical Grammar Induction
Ewan Klein is Professor of Language Technology in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Doctorate from the University of Cambridge and a Masters from Reading University. He has served as President of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics and was founding Coordinator for the European Network in Excellence in Language and Speech (ELSNET). In addition to his position at Edinburgh, he also spent two years as Director of Natural Language Research at Edify Corporation. His current research topics include information extraction and other robust approachs to computational semantics, text mining of scientific documents, and service oriented architectures for NLP systems.
Robert Kluender (Ph.D. 1991, UCSD) is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, where he heads the Language and Brain Laboratory (an event-related brain potential or "ERP" facility) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for Research in Language. The underlying question addressed in his research is the extent to which the natural limitations of human cognition shape and constrain the human language system: How much of linguistic competence can be reduced to facts of performance, and how is language represented and processed in the brain? This question is addressed in experimental studies of language processing, especially of the interaction of working memory, semantics and pragmatics, and language structure in real time.
Kevin Knight is a Fellow at USC's Information Sciences Institute, a Research Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at USC, and a founder of Language Weaver, Inc. He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991. He is co-author (with Elaine Rich) of the textbook Artificial Intelligence. His main research interests are statistical natural language processing, automatic language translation, tree automata, and decipherment. He recently served as General Chair of the 2005 Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2005).
LSA.372 Statistical Machine Translation
Philipp Koehn is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Edinburgh. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where he was a research assistant at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) from 1997 to 2003. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004, and joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 2005. His research centers on statistical machine translation, but he has also work on speech in 1999 at AT&T Research Labs and text classification in 2000 at Whizbang Labs. Besides his research, his major contribution to the machine translation community are the preparation and release of the DE-News and Europarl corpora, as well as the Pharaoh and Moses decoder --- all of which are widely used. The statistical machine translation that was developed under his leadership over recent years is one of the top performers in recent DARPA and IWSLT competitions. He organised workshops at ACL-2005, NAACL-2006 and ACL-2007 with a shared task on the translation between European languages.
LSA.372 Statistical Machine Translation
William Labov is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Linguistics Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. His major work is on the study of linguistic change and social variation, and he has just published the Atlas of North American English, with co-authors S. Ash and C. Boberg). His research on African American Vernacular English in Harlem is reported in Language in the Inner City (1972). Two volumes of Principles of Linguistic Change appeared in 1994 and 2001. He is the director of the Urban Minorities Reading Project and co-author of the Individualized Reading Manual, designed to raise reading levels in low-income schools. He is co-editor of Language Variation and Change, served as president of the Linguistic Society of America (1979), and is a member the National Academy of Sciences.
Shalom Lappin is Professor of Computational Linguistics in the Department of Philosophy at King's College, London. He obtained his Ph.D. at Brandeis University in 1976. His primary research areas are computational semantics, formal properties of grammar, and the use of machine learning methods to develop computationally viable models of language acquisition.
Beth Levin is the William H. Bonsall Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in 1983 and then spent four years at the MIT Center for Cognitive Science, where she had major responsibility for the Lexicon Project. Before joining the Stanford Department of Linguistics, she taught in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University from 1987-1999 and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1999-2000. Her work investigates the semantic representation of events and the morphosyntactic devices English and other languages use to express events and their participants.
LSA.113P The Lexical Semantics of Verbs
Roger Levy received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2005 from Stanford University and is currently Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on theoretical and applied questions in the processing of natural language. Inherently, linguistic communication involves the resolution of uncertainty over a potentially unbounded set of possible signals and meanings. How can a fixed set of knowledge and resources be deployed to manage this uncertainty? Levy's research addresses these questions using a combination of computational modeling and psycholinguistic experimentation. This work furthers our understanding of the cognitive underpinning of language processing, and helps us design models and algorithms that will allow machines to process human language.
LSA.308 Computational Psycholinguistics
Edward Loper is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania, in the final year of his degree. His research interests include computational linguistics, machine learning, and lexical semantics. His current research examines the use of automatic methods to find output encoding transformations that facilitate semantic modelling for structured prediction tasks. Together with Steven Bird, he created the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), a suite of program modules, data sets and tutorials supporting research and teaching in computational linguistics and natural language processing. He is currently co-authoring a textbook on Computational Linguistics with Steven Bird and Ewan Klein.
Barbara Lust (Ph.D. Graduate Center of City University of New York, postdoctoral study MIT) is a Professor of Developmental Psychology, Linguistics, and Cognitive Science at Cornell University, where she directs the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab and a burgeoning Virtual Center for Language Acquisition. Her research focuses on language acquisition with an approach which is interdisciplinary, linking linguistic theory to experimental research methods, and cross-linguistic. Her current research projects include cross-linguistic studies of acquisition of syntax, the syntax-semantics interface, and development of multilingualism, including its cognitive advantages, in the young child.
Christopher Manning is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University. His recent work has concentrated on probabilistic approaches to NLP problems, particularly statistical parsing, robust textual inference, and grammar induction. His work emphasizes considering different languages and complementing leading machine learning methods with use of rich linguistic features. He coauthored the leading textbook on statistical approaches to NLP (Manning and Schuetze 1999) and has an in press book on Information Retrieval and Web Search (with Raghavan and Schuetze, CUP 2007). Together with Dan Klein, he received the best paper award at the Association for Computational Linguistics 2003 meeting for the paper "Accurate Unlexicalized Parsing". His Ph.D. is from Stanford in 1995, and he held faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Sydney before returning to Stanford.
Jim McCloskey is affiliated with the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has been since 1989 and where he is currently chair. Before moving to California, he worked in the Department of Modern Irish at University College Dublin, and held visiting appointments at MIT and at UC San Diego. He works on theoretical syntax and the syntax of Irish, as well as on a variety of issues at the syntax-semantics interface. He also has a strong interest in the theoretical investigation of non-standard varieties of English and in issues of language extinction and language revitalization.
LSA.106P Introduction to Minimalist Syntax
Gail McKoon is a Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1975. Her research in psycholinguistics is concerned with the interactions of memory, general knowledge, word meanings, and discourse that give rise to comprehension. She also investigates the lexical semantics of verbs as they are reflected in language comprehension experiments and in naturally produced sentences from large corpora. A central focus of her research is developing and using methodological tools that take into account current theoretical views in cognitive psychology about information processing and memory.
John McWhorter, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and weekly columnist for the New York Sun, earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and became Associate Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley after teaching at Cornell University. His academic specialty is language change and language contact. He is the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, on how the world's languages arise, change, and mix, and Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should, Like, Care. He has also written a book on dialects and Black English, The Word on the Street, and three books on creole languages. The Teaching Company released his 36-lecture audiovisual course The Story of Human Language in 2004. Beyond his work in linguistics, he is the author of Losing the Race, an anthology of race writings, Authentically Black, and Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America. He has written on race and cultural issues for The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Review, The Los Angeles Times, The American Enterprise, and City Journal. He has appeared on Dateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, Talk of the Nation, Today, Good Morning, America, The Jim Lehrer Newshour, Fresh Air, and Meet the Press, does commentaries for All Things Considered, and appears weekly on NPR's News and Notes. His academic linguistic book Language Interrupted: Signs of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars, will be published in 2007.
Norma Mendoza-Denton is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona (Ph.D. Stanford 1997). Her main interests are sociophonetic variation, probabilistic sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, language contact, gender and ethnicity, gesture analysis, and linguistic/ethnographic/videographic methods. She is author of Homegirls: Language and Symbolic Practices in the Making of Latina Youth Styles (forthcoming Blackwell) and a variety of book chapters and journal articles on language, identity and gender.
LSA.364 Variation in Interaction
Marianne Mithun is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the 2007 Kenneth Hale Professor at the Linguistic Institute. She received her doctorate from Yale University. Her interests include morphology, syntax, discourse, and their interactions; relations between prosody and syntactic/discourse structures; language contact and language change, particularly the evolution of grammar; typology and universals; and language documentation. Her own field work has been centered primarily on languages indigenous to North America and Austronesia.
LSA.319 Field Methods in Linguistics
Fermín Moscoso del Prado Martín has been a senior researcher at CNRS's Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive in Marseilles since October 2006, before which he was a Research Fellow in the Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge - UK. He received a Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics from the University of Nijmegen in 2003. His Ph.D. work was completed at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, under the supervision of Prof. H. Baayen and Prof. R. Schreuder. Following his Ph.D., he was a postdoctoral researcher at F. Pulvermüller's lab, investigating the the neural basis of language processing. This was followed by a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship working on the computational and neuroscientific aspects of morphological processing, in collaboration with W. Marslen-Wilson. His main research interest is the development of a mathematical model of language processing that can integrate the evidence coming from behavioral and neuroscientific methods.
Stefan Müller (Associate Professor of Theoretical/Computational Linguistics, University of Bremen) defended his dissertation on German syntax in 1997 at Saarland University. He has also worked at Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Jena, the University of Potsdam, and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken, where he developed the HPSG German grammar used in the machine translation project Verbmobil (as well as in private industry). He finished his Habilitation on Complex Predicates in German in 2001 and is the author of a forthcoming texbook on HPSG.
LSA.104P Introduction to HPSG
Catherine O'Connor is an Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Applied Linguistics, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, at Boston University. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987. Her principal research interests fall into three distinct strands: the interfaces of pragmatics, lexical semantics, and morphosyntax; the documentation of endangered languages, including 25 years of work on Northern Pomo, an indigenous language of Northern California; and discourse analysis, with special attention to language use in educational settings
LSA.341 Paraphrase and Usage
Stephan Oepen is a Professor in Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim), Research Professor at the University of Oslo, and Senior Research Engineer at Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). He received his Ph.D. from Saarland University, Germany in 2002 and has previously held positions in academia and industry, both in Europe and the US. His research interests include efficient parsing, generation, and constraint resolution algorithms for precision grammars; the integration of symbolic and stochastic approaches to NLP; quality-oriented machine translation; as well as diagnostics and progress evaluation of large-scale NLP systems.
John Ohala has taught at UC Berkeley since 1970, with brief teaching or research stints at Tokyo University, Bell Laboratories, UCLA, University of Alberta, Copenhagen University, Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Linguistic Summer Institutes at University of California, Santa Barbara and in Brasilia, Brazil, among others. He has published widely on phonetics and phonology.
LSA.317 Experimental Phonology
Martha Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics and Computer Science Departments of the University of Colorado, and a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Cognitive Science. She has been actively involved in research in Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Representation for thirty years, beginning with her graduate work at the University of Edinburgh on the use of Lexical Conceptual Structures as predicate argument structures for driving semantic interpretation. This lexically based semantic interpretation process formed the basis of the successful DARPA-funded text processing system, Pundit, built at Unisys. During her 3-year visit to the National University of Singapore she applied these techniques to the task of English to Chinese Machine Translation, and continued this research at the University of Pennsylvania from 1993 to 2005. She is a SENSEVAL organizer, helped found SIGHAN and organize the SIGHAN Chinese evaluations, a PI on projects to build Chinese and Korean TreeBanks and English, and Chinese and Korean Proposition Banks. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the DARPA TIDES program, Chair of SIGLEX, Chair of SIGHAN, and is now President Pro Tem of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
LSA.307 Computational Lexical Semantics
Asko Parpola has been invited to the Stanford Summer Linguistic Institute as the 2007 Hermann Collitz Professor. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Helsinki, where he chaired the Department of South Asian and Indo-European Studies 1982-2004. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (1987), Kyoto University (1999) and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto (2006). His research focuses on a philological and archaeological study of early South Asia, in particular the Vedic religion, the Indus script, and the prehistory of the Indo-Iranian languages.
Joe Pater is Associate Professor at the UMass - Amherst. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 1997 and taught at the University of Alberta from 1998-1999 before taking his current position. His research is in both segmental and prosodic phonology in Optimality Theory, as well as in phonological acquisition. His most recent work has focused on the nature of morpheme-specific constraints, and on the use of weighted constraints for the study of typology and acquisition.
Betty Phillips is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Indiana State University. Her research centers on the progress of sound change through the lexicon.
Maria Polinsky received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, in 1986. After leaving Russia in 1989, she taught at the University of Southern California from 1991 to 1997, and has been at the University of California at San Diego since 1997, where she has served as Chair of the Department of Linguistics and is now Director of the Center for Research in Language. She is currently Visiting Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. She has done research on the syntax of a wide variety of languages, especially Austronesian languages, languages of the Caucasus, and Korean. Her current research interests include cross-clausal dependencies under complementation, the interface between syntax and information structure, and incomplete acquisition (heritage languages). She is particularly interested in combining theoretical and experimental approaches to syntax.
Christopher Potts is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at UMass - Amherst. He earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2003. His research interests include semantics, pragmatics, and computational methods for linguistic research.
Marianne Pouplier is currently a research fellow in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. She received her Ph.D. from Yale Linguistics in 2003. She spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher with Maureen Stone at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and has also been affiliated with Haskins Laboratories for a number of years. Her research seeks to understand the combinatorial units of spoken language from an articulatory perspective and tests the empirical basis of traditional linguistic concepts like the segment or syllable. Much of her research has focused on the articulatory properties of speech errors and the implications speech error data have for models of speech production.
LSA.303 Articulatory Phonology
James Pustejovsky is Professor of Computer Science, Brandeis, Director of the Program in Language and Linguistics, and Director of the Laboratory for Computation and Linguistics. He works on issues in computational semantics, lexical semantics, and temporal reasoning. He has developed a theory of lexical semantics known as Generative Lexicon Theory (GL). GL enriches the conventional rules of composition in language with a constrained set of lexically driven type coercion and shifting operations, in order to explain phenomena of lexical and pragmatic polysemy. Pustejovsky has recently led the development of a rich specification markup language for event and temporal expressions, called TimeML. He has been developing temporal parsing algorithms to automatically analyze texts for their temporal and event semantic properties. He is author of two books on semantics, and editor of numerous books on temporal and lexical topics. He currently leads an NSF project on integrating linguistic annotation efforts, and a DTO-funded project to develop temporal understanding algorithms for texts and narratives.
Philip Resnik is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a joint appointment in Linguistics and at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). He earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania (Computer and Information Science, 1993). He specializes in the combination of statistical and knowledge-based techniques for natural language processing, with a recent emphasis on machine translation. He spent two years in the NLP group at Bolt Beranek and Newman, did a graduate summer internship at IBM's T.J. Watson research center, and spent three years as a researcher at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals Cognition, Computational Linguistics, Computers and the Humanities, and Cognitive Linguistics, and is listed as co-inventor on two patents related to natural language processing. He co-edited the book The Balancing Act: Combining Symbolic and Statistical Approaches to Language (MIT Press, 1996).
LSA.372 Statistical Machine Translation
John Rickford (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Linguistics and Pritzker University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. His research interests include sociolinguistic variation and change, especially with respect to ethnicity, social class and style; pidgins and creoles; AAVE and other American varieties; and educational linguistics. He taught at the 1987 LSA Institute at Stanford and at the 2003 LSA Institute at Michigan State, where he was Collitz Professor. At Stanford, he won a Dean's Award and a Bing Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. His books include Dimensions of a Creole Continuum (1987), African American Vernacular English (1999), Spoken Soul (2000, co-authored with Russell Rickford), Sociolinguistics and Pidgin-Creole Studies (1988, co-edited with Suzanne Romaine), and Language in the USA (2004, co-edited with Ed Finegan).
Doug Roland is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 2001, and was a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Research in Language at the University of California, San Diego. His research in computational psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics focuses on computational models of human language processing and learning, cross-corpus differences in the statistical properties of language, and on how the differences between the isolated contexts typically studied in psycholinguistics and the information rich contexts found in normal language use affect the outcome of psycholinguistic experiments.
LSA.115P UNIX for Linguists/Using Corpora
Suzanne Romaine has been Merton Professor of English Language at the University of Oxford since 1984. Her research interests lie primarily in historical linguistics and sociolinguistics, especially in problems of societal multilingualism, linguistic diversity, language change, language acquisition, and language contact in the broadest sense. Within the field of creole studies she is especially interested in the English lexifier varieties in the Pacific Islands, particularly Tok Pisin and Hawai'i Creole English.
Maribel Romero is Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. degree in Linguistics from UMass - Amherst in 1998. Her field of specialization is formal semantics and its interfaces, most importantly the syntax-semantics interface and the pragmatics-semantics interface. Her research topics include questions, sluicing, ellipsis, negation, disjunction, concealed question NPs, copular sentences, epistemic bias, etc. Furthermore, she has a strong interest in computational semantics, an area in which she has carried out research on Tree Adjoining Grammar (TAG).
LSA.328 Introduction to Semantics
Jeffrey Runner is an associate professor with a primary appointment in Linguistics and a secondary appointment in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, where he has taught since 1994. He received his Ph.D. from UMass - Amherst in 1995. His undergraduate and graduate training were in theoretical syntax, but for the past six years he has been exploring ways to use experimental techniques to answer questions central to theoretical syntax. His current research uses visual world eye-tracking to explore the interaction of syntactic and semantic constraints on pronouns and reflexives in language processing.
Ivan Sag (Ph.D. 1976, MIT) is Professor of Linguistics and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University and Senior Researcher at its Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). A member of the research teams that invented and developed Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar (GPSG) and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), his current research interests include grammatical theory broadly construed and language processing. He was made Professor Honoris Causa by the University of Bucharest, is a recipient of the Dean's Teaching Award (Stanford), and has held fellowships at Utrecht, Stanford, Chicago and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. A veteran of past linguistic institutes (Director, 1987; Associate Director 1991, 1999, 2005, 2007), he has also been awarded the LSA's Victoria Fromkin Prize, for distinguished contributions to the field of linguistics.
Gillian Sankoff (Ph.D. McGill, 1968) first taught at the Université de Montréal, arriving at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 (Professor since 1981; Chair 1988-93). She has held visiting positions at UC Berkeley; Stanford; UBC; PUC Rio de Janeiro, and two previous LSA Linguistic Institutes (1973 - Michigan; 1986 - CUNY, where she was Associate Director). Former President of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, she served on the LSA Executive Committee, 2002-05. Her central interest is sociolinguistics (language change and variation); her research includes creolization (New Guinea Tok Pisin) and language contact (Quebec; Papua New Guinea); her current project is longitudinal research on Montreal French.
Rebecca Scarborough is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, starting in Fall 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA in 2004. She has been a Humanities Fellow and Lecturer at Stanford University since, doing research and teaching courses in phonetics and phonology. Her primary research interests are experimental phonetics and laboratory phonology, with particular interest in the role of lexical factors in speech production and perception.
LSA.117P Using Praat
Chilin Shih received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCSD. She is an Associate Professor and Helen Corley Petit Scholar 2007-2008 in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Linguistics, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Beckman Institute. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature: It is situated at the intersection of linguistics, speech technologies and language teaching. Before joining UIUC in 2003, she worked on multilingual text-to-speech systems at Bell Laboratories with a focus on prosody modeling. Her current work extends corpus methods to the study of second language acquisition.
Jeff Siegel is an Adjunct Professor in Linguistics at the University of New England in Australia and an Associate Researcher at the University of Hawai'i, where he was the founding director of the Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies. Jeff's main areas of research are the processes involved in the emergence of pidgin and creole languages, and the use of these languages in formal education. He has worked on Melanesian Pidgin, Hawai'i Creole, Pidgin Fijian, and Pidgin Hindustani.
Hazel Simmons-McDonald is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados. At present, she is also serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, as Co-Chair of the Cultural Studies Initiative at the University, and she is the Pro-Vice Chancellor Designate with responsibility for Distance Education and the UWI-12 countries. Her research interests include second language acquisition, the development of literacy by Creole and Creole- Influenced Vernacular speakers, and vernacular literacy within the formal schooling context. She is also conducting research on language attitudes in St. Lucia. She recently completed a literacy survey of students in Grades K - VI in selected primary schools in the Windward Islands (St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada and Dominica) and Barbados, the results of which have been prepared as technical reports. She has also compiled the Harmonised Learning Outcomes in the Language Arts for Grades K - VI in primary schools in the OECS and written the Teachers' Guide, which is a companion text to the Outcomes documents. She served for several years as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, was Vice President of the Society from 2004-2006, and is now the President. Her publications include articles on language acquisition, language education policy, literacy development, attitudes to Creoles, and language and culture. She has published several English language texts for use at secondary and tertiary levels and as part of the research programme on Creole Education, is preparing curriculum materials in French Creole for students from K to Grade III. Her most recent publication Exploring the Boundaries of Caribbean Creole Languages (Co-authored by Ian Robertson) appeared in 2006. She writes poetry and fiction as a hobby and has published in both genres.
William Snyder earned a joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Linguistics at MIT in 1995. He then joined the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut, where he is now an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. His research interests include child language acquisition, comparative syntax, and the syntax-semantics interface.
Andrew Spencer is Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, UK. In the past he has worked on phonological theory, but his current interests are in morphological theory and aspects of morphosyntax. The problems he has worked on in recent years include argument structure and verb prefixation in Slavic, Slavic nominalizations, clitic systems, periphrastic constructions and the morphology-syntax interface, lexical representations and concepts of 'lexical relatedness', and the notion of 'case'. He is currently working on an introductory book on clitics, and is developing a model of Generalized Paradigm Function Morphology, a generalization of G. Stump's Paradigm Function Morphology.
LSA.373 Introduction to Morphology
Richard Sproat received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT in 1985. Since then he has worked at AT&T Bell Labs, at Lucent's Bell Labs and at AT&T Labs -- Research, before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois. He has worked in numerous areas relating to language and computational linguistics, including syntax, morphology, computational morphology, articulatory and acoustic phonetics, text processing, text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis, writing systems, and text-to-scene conversion, and has published widely in these areas. His most recent work includes work on the prediction of emotion from text for TTS, multilingual named entity transliteration, and the effects of script layout on readers' phonological awareness.
LSA.369 Writing Systems
Donca Steriade teaches phonology in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. Earlier she taught phonology at UCLA and historical-Indo European linguistics at Berkeley. Recent interests include phonetically-based phonology, understood as the hypothesis that learners infer phonological constraints from accessible information about speech perception and production; correspondence-based approaches to morphology; the phonology and morphology of Romanian, Romance and the classical languages.
LSA.302 Analytic Bias in Phonology
Peter Svenonius (Ph.D. Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz) is Professor and Senior Researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL) in Tromsø, Norway—200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. He is also the director of the Nordic Center of Excellence in Microcomparative Syntax (NORMS) and the recipient of an 'Excellent Young Researcher' grant (2004) from the Norwegian Research Council for work on cross-linguistic expressions of location and directed motion (a project entitled Moving Right Along). His research ranges over all aspects of syntax, from microcomparative to broadly typological, and from morphology to semantics.
Michael K. Tanenhaus received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University in 1978. He is currently Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics and Director of the Center for Language Sciences at the University of Rochester. He has co-edited three books and authored more than 150 articles and chapters on mechanisms underlying reading, real-time speech perception, and spoken language processing at the word, sentence and discourse levels. He has mentored more than thirty Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers; most now hold faculty positions at major research universities. He received the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Rochester in 2002.
Nick Thieberger, Ph.D. is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics, University of Melbourne, Australia. He established the Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in the late 1980s. He moved to AIATSIS and developed the Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive from 1991. He is now the project manager with the Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) and a co-convenor of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity. He is currently working with South Efate and Lelepa, two Oceanic languages of Central Vanuatu. He has developed software (called Audiamus) for working with digital field recordings. A DVD of media linked to example sentences and texts accompanies the published version of his Ph.D. thesis (UH Press, 2006).
Ida Toivonen is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science (SLALS/ICS) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She has previously taught at the University of Canterbury, Concordia University, Brandeis University, University of Rochester, and the 2001 LSA Linguistic Institute. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2001. Her primary area of research is syntax, but she also works on phonetics, morphosyntax, language acquisition, language description, and lexical semantics. She is particularly interested in Swedish and Inari Saami.
Michael Tomasello is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, and co-director of the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center. After graduating with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Georgia in 1980, he was Professor of Psychology at Emory University from 1980-1998. His major research interests are in processes of social cognition, social learning, and communication from developmental, comparative, and cultural perspectives - especially aspects related to language and its acquisition.
John C. Trueswell received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Rochester in 1993. He is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS) at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored numerous articles and chapters on sentence processing and sentence processing development. He is also currently the director of the Language and Communication Sciences Graduate Program at Penn, funded by a by an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation. This program brings together students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and expertise who share an interest in understanding the computational and neural underpinnings of linguistic and nonlinguistic communication.
Robert van Rooij is a senior staff member of the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), stationed at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam. His working area includes the formal semantics and pragmatics of natural language, philosophy of language, and the evolution of language. He has published on these themes in several journals. He received his Ph.D. at the Institute fuerr Machinale Sprachverarbeitung in Stuttgart. Currently, his research is funded by his NWO project 'The Economics of Language. Language Use and the Evolution of Linguistic Convention'. He is one of the editors of the book 'Game Theory and Pragmatics'.
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Jennifer Venditti received her Ph.D. in 2000 from the Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University, with specialization in phonetics and intonation. She has held postdoctoral research positions in Cognitive Science at Rutgers and University of Pennsylvania, where she used eye-tracking methodology to investigate the online processing of intonation cues in spoken discourse. She has also done research in Computational Linguistics, having worked at Bell Laboratories on intonation modeling and speech synthesis, and at Columbia University on using acoustic-prosodic cues to recognize student state for Intelligent Tutoring Systems. She is currently pursuing certification in Speech Language Pathology at San Jose State University. Her research interests include intonation theory and modeling, Japanese ToBI, spoken language processing in discourse, and childhood language impairments.
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Marilyn Vihman holds a Chair of Language and Linguistics at the University of York, UK. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley in 1971. She held a Chair of Developmental Psychology at the University of Wales Bangor from 1996 through 2006. Her primary interest is in the transition into language in infants acquiring a range of different languages (English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Welsh). She is also interested in broader cognitive aspects of development and has carried out studies of bilingual language development, including the transition into syntax and conversational code-switching.
Gregory Ward (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1985) is Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 1986 (and was Department Chair from 1999-2004). He has also taught at the 1993, 1997, and 2003 LSA Linguistic Institutes. His primary research area is discourse, with specific interests in pragmatic theory, information structure, intonational meaning, and reference/anaphora. In 2004-2005, he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, CA). He has served on the LSA Executive Committee (1997-1999) and is currently LSA Secretary-Treasurer.
Thomas Wasow is a Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at Stanford University and the Director of Stanford's Center for the Study of Language and Information. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT in 1972. Trained as a syntactician, he has worked in a variety of areas, collaborating with computational linguists, psycholinguists, and sociolinguists. In recent years, his research has been focused on the factors influencing the choices among alternative ways of expressing a thought. This has involved a combination of corpus work and experimental studies.
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Alicia Beckford Wassink is the Howard and Frances Nostrand Endowed Professor of Linguistic and Cultural Competence at the University of Washington. Her research interests include pidgin and creole linguistics (Jamaican Creole phonology and phonetic variation), sociolinguistics (language ideology and the role of ideology in phonological change, children's acquisition of sociolinguistic competence, sociophonetics), and acoustic phonetics (vowel systems, normalization, intra-speaker variability). She received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1999.
Andy Wedel started his academic life as a biologist, earning a PhD in Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley. Postdoctoral research followed in ribozyme evolution at the Max-Planck-Institute für Biochemie in Martinsried, Germany, and directed molecular evolution at UC Santa Cruz. About that time, he became obsessed with applying evolutionary models to language change, and began a second Ph.D. in linguistics (to the great consternation of his mother). He is currently an assistant professor in the linguistics department at the University of Arizona (to the great relief of you-know-who). His current work investigates the possibility that grammatical patterns may arise through gradual accretion of structure over cycles of language transmission and generalization, rather than through the one-step operation of an innate, or otherwise highly pre-specified grammar algorithm. His work includes models of contrast maintenance, development and extension of regular sound patterns, and selectional competition between phonological and morphological regularities.
Colin Wilson received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. Since then he has worked in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA, focusing primarily on experimental phonology. His other research interests include theoretical phonology, computational linguistics, and learning.
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Phillip Wolff received his PhD from Northwestern University. After holding a position at the University of Memphis, he moved to Emory University, where he is an assistant professor of psychology. His research concerns the relationship between language and cognition, computational models of causal meaning and reasoning, and cross-linguistic approaches to the study of word meaning. He has co-authored and edited two books and is currently co-editing a book with Barbara Malt entitled Words and the World, which examines the interface of language and thought across languages. Wolff is on the editorial board of the journal Cognitive Science.
Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of English Linguistics at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s, authoring or co-authoring more than 20 books and more than 250 articles on regional, social, and ethnic dialects of American English. He is also vitally concerned with the application of sociolinguistic information to social and educational problems and the dissemination of knowledge about dialects to the public, including TV documentaries, museum exhibits, and public school curricula. He is former President of the Linguistic Society of America as well as the American Dialect Society.
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Annie Zaenen (Ph.D. Harvard 1980) is Principal Scientist at PARC and Consulting Professor at Stanford. Her main work has been in structural syntax and she has made several contributions to the development of LFG as a linguistic framework. She also worked on implementations of LFG and of finite state systems for morphology and named entity recognition. More recently she has worked on factors that influence the choice between syntactic constructions
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Kie Zuraw is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. Her Ph.D. (2000) is from UCLA, and she has previously taught at the University of Southern California and MIT. She is interested in all aspects of phonology, and currently is working mainly on learnability, modeling of lexical variation, and phonology's interface with morphology and lexical access. She also has an interest in Western Austronesian languages, particularly Tagalog and Palauan.
Arnold M. Zwicky is a Visiting Professor of Linguistics at Stanford (since 1985). He earned an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton in 1962 and a Ph.D. in linguistics from MIT in 1965, and then taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1965-69 and Ohio State University, 1969-95 (named Distinguished University Professor, 1989), and has been in residence year-round at Stanford since 1998. Research topics: interrelationships of syntax, morphology, and phonology; style; mistakes in language; conceptual foundations of morphology; developing a construction-based framework for syntax and a "realizational" framework for morphology; syntactic variation; usage and prescriptivism, particularly with reference to the "advice literature" on English.