Andrea
Ceolin

University of Pennsylvania

About me

I'm a 4th year PhD student at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Pennsylvania. I work on computational modeling of Language Change and Language Acquisition. I'm interested in phonological and syntactic change, acquisition of syntactic rules and parallels between linguistic and genetic change at the population level.

I have been lucky to be advised by wonderful people in the last years. Present and past advisers include Don Ringe, Charles Yang, Giuseppe Longobardi, Luca Bortolussi and Andrea Sgarro.

I have been part of the LanGeLin team from January 2014 to August 2015. This project has the ambition of rewriting the genealogical tree of the world languages by looking at syntactic structures rather than etymologies and phonological data.

I love Python, Machine Learning and NLP. One of my current projects involves studying phonological variation in the dialects of Veneto by means of Machine Learning techniques and trying to build a classifier. Thanks to the help of Hong Zhang and Nari Rhee, a small project also won the Penn CIS Project Demo Day 2017/2018.

Journal Articles

  • Guardiano, C., Michelioudakis, D., Ceolin, A., Irimia, M., Longobardi, G., Radkevich, N., Sitaridou, I. & Silvestri, G. (2016). South by Southeast. A Syntactic Approach to Greek and Romance Microvariation. L'Italia Dialettale, 77, 95-166. [PDF]

  • Longobardi, G., Ghirotto, S., Guardiano, C., Tassi, F., Benazzo, A., Ceolin, A., & Barbujani, G. (2015). Across Language Families: Genome diversity mirrors linguistic variation within Europe. American journal of physical anthropology, 157(4), 630-640. [PDF]

  • Longobardi, G., Guardiano, C., Silvestri, G., Boattini, A., & Ceolin, A. (2013). Toward a syntactic phylogeny of modern Indo-European languages. Journal of Historical Linguistics, 3(1), 122-152.

Conference Proceedings

  • Ceolin, A. (2018). Explaining Cross-linguistic Differences in Article Omission through an Acquisition Model. In Bertolini, A. B. & Kaplan, M. G. (eds.) Proceedings of the 42nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press. 100-113. [PDF]

  • Kazakov, D., Cordoni, G., Algathani, E., Ceolin, A., Irimia, M. A., Kim, S. S., Michelioudakis, D., Radkevich, N., Guardiano, C. & Longobardi, G. (2017). Learning implicational models of Universal Grammar parameters. In: Cuskley, C., Flaherty, M., Little, H., McCrohon, L., Ravignani, A. & Verhoef, T. (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (EVOLANGXII) [PDF]

  • Kazakov, D., Cordoni, G., Ceolin, A., Irimia, M. A., Kim, S. S., Michelioudakis, D., Radkevich, N., Guardiano, C. & Longobardi, G. (2017). Machine Learning Models of Universal Grammar Parameter Dependencies. RANLP 2017 Workshop on Knowledge Resources for the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (KnowRSH). Varna, Bulgaria. [PDF]

  • Longobardi, G., Michelioudakis, D., Irimia, M. A., Radkevich, N., Guardiano, C., & Ceolin, A. (2016). Formal linguistics as a cue to demographic history. Journal of anthropological sciences, 147-155. [PDF]

  • Longobardi, G., Buch A., Ceolin A., Ecay A., Guardiano C., Irimia M., Michelioudakis D., Radkevich N. and Jaeger G. (2016). Correlated Evolution Or Not? Phylogenetic Linguistics With Syntactic, Cognacy, And Phonetic Data. In Roberts, S.G., Cuskley, C., McCrohon, L., Barceló-Coblijn, L., Fehér, O. & Verhoef, T. (eds.) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANGXI) [PDF]

  • Longobardi, G., Ceolin, A., Bortolussi, L., Guardiano, C., Irimia, M. A., Michelioudakis, D., Radkevich N. & Sgarro, A. (2016). Mathematical modeling of grammatical diversity supports the historical reality of formal syntax. Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen. [PDF]

Conference Talks

  • The Mathematics of Parametric Comparison (with the LANGELIN team) - Workshop 'Phylogenetic Linguistics and Linguistic Theory' - York (UK) (2018) [link]

  • Markedness is an epiphenomenon of random phonetically grounded sound change (with Ollie Sayeed) - 6th Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP) - San Diego (US) (2018) [link]

  • How time-bound is your grammar? Pushing the limits of comparative methods through syntax (with the LANGELIN team) - DIGS 20 - York (UK) (2018) [link]

  • Constraints on Old English genitive variation - DIGS 20 - York (UK) (Poster presentation) (2018) [link]

  • Article omission across languages and the syntax of possessives - BUCLD 42 - Boston (Poster presentation) (2017) [link]

  • Language History and parametric setting (with the LANGELIN team) - GURT - Washington DC (2017) [link]

  • Constraints on Old English genitive variation - GURT - Washington DC (2017) [link]

  • Parametric history and population diversity (with the LANGELIN team) - DIGS18 - Ghent (2016) [link]

  • Mathematical model of grammatical diversity supports the historical reality of formal syntax (with the LANGELIN team) - FWAV3 - New York (2016) [link]

  • Across language families: genome diversity mirrors linguistic variation within Europe (with the LANGELIN team)- Workshop on Language Variation and Change and Cultural Evolution - York (2015) [link]

  • Algorithmic generation of random languages argues for syntax as a source of phylogenetic information (with the LANGELIN team) - Workshop on Language Variation and Change and Cultural Evolution - York (2015) [link]

  • Across language families: genome diversiy mirrors linguistic variation within Europe (with the LANGELIN team) - Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty - Pavia (2015) [link]

  • Algorithmic generation of random languages argues for syntax as a source of phylogenetic information (with the LANGELIN team) - Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty - Pavia (2015) [link]

  • Modeling Language Change in Southern Italy - Scuola Estiva di Glottologia e Linguistica - Lignano (UD) (2014) [link]

  • Syntactic Trees and Parsimony Analysis - Advances in Phylogenetic Linguistics - Ragusa Ibla (Poster presentation) (2013) [link]

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