Mark Liberman


Linguistic Data Consortium


Faculty Master
Ware College House



Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics


Faculty Director
College Houses and Academic Services
Department of Computer
and Information Science
Office hours: (by appointment)

Fall 2011   Linguistics 001: Introduction to Linguistics
COGS 501:
Mathematical Foundations of Language and Communication Sciences
Other recent courses:   

Linguistics 520: Phonetics I (with Jiahong Yuan)

Computer Analysis and Modeling of Biological Signals and Systems
    Cognitive Science 001: Introduction to Cognitive Science
(with Lyle Ungar)
    College 002: Biology, Language and Culture
(with Alan Mann and Greg Urban)
    Humanities 100: Human Nature
(with Wendy Steiner)
    Linguistics 620: Prosody
    Linguistics 502/202: Field Linguistics

Recent research areas:
  • the phonology and phonetics of lexical tone, and its relationship to intonation;
  • gestural, prosodic, morphological and syntactic ways of marking focus, and their use in discourse;
  • formal models for linguistic annotation;
  • information retrieval and information extraction from text.

A few recent papers:

Akinlabi, A. and M. Liberman, "Tonal Complexes and Tonal Alignment". NELS 31.
Akinlabi, A. and M. Liberman, "The Tonal Phonology of Yoruba Clitics". In B. Gerlach and J. Grijzenhout, eds., Clitics in Phonology, Morphology and Syntax. John Benjamins (2000).
Bird, S. and M. Liberman, "A Formal Framework for Linguistic Annotation".Speech Communica- tion 33.1-2 (pp. 23-60).
Schultz, M. and M. Liberman, "Towards a 'Universal Dictionary' for Multi-Language Information Retrieval Applications". in J. Allan, J. Carbonell and J. Yamron, Eds., Topic Detection and Tracking: Event-based Information Organization, Kluwer Academic Press. (forthcoming)
Bamba, M. and M. Liberman, "Focus in Manding". LSA annual meeting (1999).

Some current work:
  • the organization of spoken communication in the human brain, especially in relation to the evolutionary substrates for speech and language, and to analogous systems in other animals;
  • agent-based models of language evolution and learning (notes from an older presentation and slides from a more recent talk).
  • information extraction from biomedical text ("Mining the Bibliome")

Erdös number: 3

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