Some research papers
(2016) The growth of language:
Universal grammar, experience, and principles of efficient computation.
(With Stephen Crain, Robert Berwick, Noam Chomsky, and Johan Bolhuis)
To appear in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review.
datives: The Tolerance Principle in first and second language
acquisition. (With Silvina Montrul). Second Language
(2016) Testing the Tolerance
Principle: Children form productive rules when it is more
computationally efficient to do so. (With Kathryn Schuler and
Elissa Newport). Cogsci society meeting.
The pursuit of word meanings.
(With Jon Stevens, Lila Gleitman, and John Trueswell). In press in
(2016) Parameter setting is
feasible. (With Bob Berwick and William Sakas.) Under review in
Theoretical Linguistics (special issue on parameters). Email me for a
(2016) Lignos, C. & Yang, C. Morphology
and language acquisition. In Stump, G. & Hippesley, A. The
Cambridge Handbook of Morphology. Cambridge University Press. Chapter
against the machine: Evaluation Metrics in the 21st century.
To appear in Language Acquisition.
evidence that a child can create a combinatorial linguistic
system without linguistic input: Implications for language
evolution. (With Susan Goldin-Meadow) To appear in
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review
and its structural description.In 50 years later:
Reflections on Chomsky's Aspects. (With Julie Anne Legate and
knowledge from positive evidence. Language
and against frequencies. Comments on Ambridge et al.
J. Child Language
(2014) Hauser, M.D.;
Yang, C.; Berwick, R.; Tattersall, I.; Ryan, M.; Watumull,
J.; Chomsky, N.; Lewontin, R. The
mystery of language evolution. Frontiers in Language
(2014). Richie, R, Yang, C. & Coppola, M. Modeling
the Emergence of Lexicons in Homesign Systems.
Topics in Cognitive Science: 6, 183-195.
misrepresentations: Reply to Levinson (2013, Language).
(With Julie Anne Legate & David
Pesetsky). To appear in Language.
(2013) Who's afraid of George
Kingsley Zipf? Significance: The Magazine of the
Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical
Soceity. Dec. 29-34.
(2013) Ontogeny and
Phylogeny of Language. PNAS.
the Emergence of Lexicons in Homesign Systems. (With
Russell Richie & Marie Coppola). Journal version to
appear in Topics in Cognitive Science. Winner of the best
computational modeling paper at 2013 Cognitive Science
Society meeting (Berlin)
(2013) The pursuit
of word meanings. (With Jon Stevens, Lila Gleitman
and John Trueswell). Manuscript; comments welcome.
child and adult grammar. In Berwick &
Piattelli-Palmarini (Eds.) Rich Languages from Poor
Inputs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (With Julie
Anne Legate) Longer version can be
(2012) Productivity and
paradigmatic gaps. Slides from NELS2012 at CUNY.
Joint work with Kyle Gorman, Jennifer Preys, and Margaret
(2012) Input and Universal
Grammar. Slides from an invited talk at the Second
Language Research Forum (SLRF) at CMU. A
tutorial that emphasizes how input effects in
language learning are compatible with, and in fact
favor, Universal Grammar based approaches to language
acquisition. Materials are drawn from my various previous
islands in adult and child language. BUCLD
Proceedings from the 2011 meeting. (With Alix Kowalski).
(2011) Usage unevenness in
child language supports grammar productivity. BU
Conference on Language Development.
A statistical test for grammar. ACL CMCL Portland
(condensed version of the 2009 ms). Slides
from the talk
models of syntactic acquisition.. WIRE Interdiscriplinary Review: Cognitive Science.
(2009) Population structure and
language change. Manuscript. (Comments welcome!) A
general model of phonemic changes applied to predict the
conditions which mergers take place.
(2009) Three factors in
language variation. Lingua
special issue on language variation. Reprinted at a few
(2009) Review of Finite
State Morphology. (With Erwin Chan). Word
(2008) The great number
crunch. Journal of
Linguistics. 44, 205-228.
learning and the development of tense. (With
J.A.Legate). A new approach to Root Infinitives. Language
(2006) Word segmentation: Quick
but not dirty (with T. Gambell). Manuscript, Yale
writeup of the 2004 TICS paper part I: nobody seems to
care about part II.
(2005) On productivity. Yearbook
of Language Variation, 5, 333-370.
(2005) The richness of
the poverty of the stimulus. (With J.A.Legate). On
the occasion of
Happy Golden Anniversary, Generative Syntax: 50
years since Logical
Structure of Linguistic Theory.
(2004) Universal Grammar,
statistics, or both. Trends
in Cognitive Sciences. 451-456.
reassessment of the poverty stimulus argument. (With
Review, 19, 151-162.
(2001) Internal and external
forces in language change. Language
Variation and Change. 12, 231-250.
think-thunk. Review of Steven Pinker's Words
and Rules: The ingredients of language. London
Review of Books.
(1999) Estimation of
software reliability by stratified sampling.. ACM
Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology.
(1999) Unordered merge and
its linearization. Syntax.
Dec. Workshop in honor of Carol Chomsky. MIT.
Oct. Center for Language & Speech Processing
(CLSP), Johns Hopkins.
Sept. Input & syntactic acquisition
workshop. UC Irvine.
Aug. Plenary lecture. XIXth International
Conference on Historical Linguistics. Nijmegen,
May. Workshop on recursion in language and
cognition. UMass Amherst.
May. 20 hour lectures in language acquisition.
Graduate school of linguistics. The Basque
Jan. The Schultink lecture. Holland Graduate
School of Linguistics. Groningen. The
Jan. 5 lectures on the mechanisms of language
acquisition. LOT Winter School. Groningen. The
Dec. CUNY Graduate Center.
lecture. The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the
July. Workshop on linguistic interface.
International congress of linguistics. Seoul.
June. Workshop on artificial language learning
and computational models. Utrecht, the
June. Workshop on frequency effects in language
acquisition. Wuppertal, Germany.
May. Workshop on productivity and grammar.
April. Workshop on morphosyntactic variation.
April Bard College.
Dec. Origin of man and language Workshop.
European Science Foundation. Rome.
Nov. Utrecht University, the Netherlands
in language acquisition research (EMLAR)
Nov. Il Dono Infinito. Festival della Scienza.
Oct. Workshop on statistics and syntax.
Oct. UMass, Amherst.
Aug. Workshop on models of language acquisition.
Cog Sci Society Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.
June. IRCS undergraduate workshop. Penn.
June. Workshop on language variation. Venice.
May. Workshop on syntactic variation. York.
Feb. Panel on models of language change. Penn
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