JORDAN KODNER

PhD CANDIDATE IN COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

email: jkodner at-sign sas upenn edu

I am a PhD candidate (entered 2015) in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics and the Language and Communication Sciences program advised by Charles Yang and Mitch Marcus. My primary research revolves around computational approaches to child language acquisition. In particular,

My ongoing dissertation work, tentatively titled "Language Acquisition in the Past," focuses on the first two.

My other academic interests include (alphabetically): formal language theory, Indo-European historical linguistics, Latin language, general NLP, paleontology and cladistics, Roman history and culture, Shona language, Singaporean English/Singlish, software engineering, and writing systems.

I received a master's degree from the Department of Computer and Information Science in 2018. From 2013 through 2015, I was an Associate Scientist in the Speech, Language, and Multimedia group at Raytheon BBN Technologies.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS

Note: Proceedings published in the ACL conference and workshop anthologies (ACL, EMNLP, ComputEL, SCiL) are refereed and archival.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Contact for 2016-2019 DARPA LORELEI presentation materials

2020

2016

FUNDING AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017-2021
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
2016-2017
DARPA LORELEI (summers; PI: Mitch Marcus)
2015-2017
Benjamin Franklin Fellowship

TEACHING AND MENTORING

Teaching Assistantships

2017
LING 230 Sound Structure of Language (instructor: Rolf Noyer)
2016
LING 001 Introduction to Linguistics (instructor: Mark Liberman)
2012-2013
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Programming (instructor: Benedict Brown)

Volunteering

2016-
5/7/8/11th grade tutor (West Philadelphia Tutoring Project)
2018-2019
Coding volunteer section head TA at Hamilton Middle School (Moelis Access Science)
2016-2018
Coding volunteer TA at Comegys Middle School (Moelis Access Science)
2014-2015
Middle school tutor at Cambridge Housing Authority (Tutoring Plus)

Mentoring

In summer 2017, I advised computer and cognitive science undergraduate Deniz Beser on his project "Part of Speech Tagging for Low-Resource Languages." He won first place in the CIS department's Undergraduate Summer UnPoster Competition.

Beginning in fall 2017 I worked with computer and cognitive science undergraduate Sun Jae Jasmine Lee on a project seeking to relate observed causitive errors in Korean chiid speech to their linguistic input via the Tolerance Principle. She presented the project at CLS55 in May 2019.

DEPARTMENT SERVICE

Linguistics

2019
ECIEC XXXVIII Session chair
2019
PLC43 Reviewer and volunteer
2017-2018
Penn Working Papers in Linguistics (PWPL) Selected Papers from NWAV 46 Co-Editor
2016-2017
PLC41 Finance Committee Chairperson and Postermaker
2016,2017
Prospective Student Liaison
2015-2016
PLC40 Finance Committee Member and Postermaker

CIS

2016-2017
Computational Linguistics and Lunch (CLunch) Organizer
2016
MASC-SLL Volunteer

Places I've been: Canada, USA, World.

There is one other person who shares my name. He is a photojournalist.

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