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. A second project is about predicting sentiment and behavioral change on Wikipedia given the linguistic content of user interactions.

My dissertation research is about neutral models of sound change. Here is a link to the dissertation proposal document.

To cite it, use Ceolin, A. (2019). Neutral Models of Sound Change. University of Pennsylvania Dissertation Proposal

Journal Articles

  • Ceolin, A. (to appear, 2019). Significant testing of the Altaic Family. Diachronica 36.3.

  • 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. [PDF]

Conference Proceedings

  • Ceolin, A. & Sayeed, O. (2019) Modeling Markedness with a Split-and-Merger Model of Sound Change. In Tahmasebi, N., Borin, L., Jatowt, A. & Xu, Y. (eds) Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change. ACL 2019 [PDF]

  • Sayeed, O. & Ceolin, A. (2019). `Markedness' is an epiphenomenon of phonetically grounded sound change. In Hout, K., Mai, A., McCollum, A., Sharon, R. & Zaslansky, M. (eds), Supplementary Proceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2018, Washington DC: Linguistic Society of America. [PDF]

  • 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

  • On Functional Load and its relation to the actuation problem - NWAV48 - Eugene (US) (2019)

  • A null model of sound change - RUSE 2019 - Manchester (UK) (2019)

  • Modeling Markedness with a Split-and-Merger Model of Sound Change (with Ollie Sayeed) - 1st International Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change - Florence (IT) (Poster presentation) (2019) [PDF]

  • The actuation of sound change: confusion or functional considerations? - 11th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society - Urbana-Champaign (US) (2019) [PDF]

  • The mathematics of parametric comparison (with the LANGELIN team) - Workshop 'Phylogenetic Linguistics and Linguistic Theory' - York (UK) (2018) [PDF]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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) [PDF]

  • 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) [PDF]

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

  • 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) [PDF]

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

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

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