Some research papers
Testing the Tolerance
Principle: Children form productive rules when it is
more computationally efficient. With Kathryn Schuler
and Elissa Newport. (Submitted)
distributional learning of recursive structures.
With Daoxin Li, Lydia Grohe, and Petra Schulz. Proceedings
of BUCLD 2021.
morphological productivity as meaning-form mappings.
With Sarah Payne and Jordan Kodner. Society for Computation
in Linguistics (2021)
Rhapsody: Systematicity and arbitrariness in language.
Forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of the Mental Lexicon.
threshold of productivity and the “irregularization”
of verbs in Early Modern English. With Don
Ringe. Forthcoming in an edited volume from the 20th
International Conference on English Historical
(2020) The abstractness of
determiners. (With Virginia Valian). Submitted.
monkey updated: Communicative efficiency and the statistics of
words in natural language. (With Spencer Caplan and Jordan
morphological typology for unsupervised learning of language
morphology. (With Hongzhi Xu, Jordan Kodner, and Mitch
(2019) Using the Tolerance Principle to
predict phonological change. (With Betsy Sneller and Josef
Fruehwald). Language Variation and Change.
(2018) A user's
guide to the Tolerance Principle. For public
(2018) Special issue of
Linguistic Approaches to
Bilingualism. My target article "A formalist
perspective on language acquisition", commentaries by Theresa
Biberauer, Cécile De Cat, Laura Domínguez and Jorge González
Alonso, Christine Dimroth, Adele E. Goldberg, Stefan Th. Gries,
Vsevolod Kapatsinski, Jeffrey Lidz and Laurel Perkins, Silvina A.
Montrul, Johanne Paradis, Tom Roeper, Jason Rothman and Noam
Chomsky, Caroline F. Rowland, Roumyana Slabakova, Peter Svenonius,
Eva Wittenberg and Ray Jackendoff, and Noriaki Yusa, and my reply.
(2018) How to
make the most out of very little. In honor of Lila
Gleitman. To appear in Topics in Cognitive Science.
setting is feasible. (With William Sakas and Bob
Berwick). Theoretical Linguistics.
(2017) The growth of language: Universal
grammar, experience, and principles of efficient computation.
(With Stephen Crain, Robert Berwick, Noam Chomsky, and Johan
Bolhuis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review (special issue on
the biology of language)
to wake up irregular (and speechless). In Bowern, Horn,
Zanuttini (eds.) On looking into words (and beyond). (Tribute
to Stephen R.
Anderson, who gave me my first linguistics job.)
(2017) When nobody wins
With Kyle Gorman.
To appear in Franz Rainer, Francesco Gardani, Hans Christian
Luschützky and Wolfgang U. Dressler (ed)., Competition in
inflection and word formation. Dordrecht: Springer. (This
paper refines and extends some analyses of paradigmatic gaps
and supercedes the earlier 2012 work below with Preys and
(2016) Learning datives: The
Tolerance Principle in L1 and L2 acquisition.
(With Silvina Montrul). Second Language Research.
(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
(2016) The pursuit of
word meanings. (With Jon Stevens, Lila
Gleitman, and John Trueswell). In press in Cognitive
against the machine: Evaluation Metrics in the
21st century. To appear in Language
evidence that a child can create a
combinatorial linguistic system without
linguistic input: Implications for language
evolution. (With Susan Goldin-Meadow)
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review (special
issue on the biology of language)
linguistic origin of the next number. Ms.
from the workshop
where the work was conceived.)
and its structural description.In 50
years later: Reflections on Chomsky's Aspects.
(With Julie Anne Legate and Allison Ellman)
knowledge from positive evidence.
against frequencies. Comments on
Ambridge et al. J. Child Language
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 Science.
(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
afraid of George Kingsley Zipf?
Significance: The Magazine of the
Royal Statistical Society and the
American Statistical Soceity. Dec.
and Phylogeny of Language. PNAS.
(2013) Modeling 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
pursuit of word meanings. (With
Jon Stevens, Lila Gleitman and John
Trueswell). Manuscript; comments
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
and paradigmatic gaps. Slides from
NELS2012 at CUNY. Joint work with Kyle
Gorman, Jennifer Preys, and Margaret
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
islands in adult and child language.
BUCLD Proceedings from the 2011 meeting.
(With Alix Kowalski). Prefinal version.
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
Computational models of syntactic
press) WIRE Interdiscriplinary Review:
factors in language variation. Lingua
special issue on language variation.
of Finite State Morphology. (With
Erwin Chan). Word Structure. 1:2, 245-254.
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
segmentation: Quick but not dirty
(with T. Gambell). Manuscript, Yale
More complete writeup of
the 2004 TICS paper part I: nobody seems
to care about part II.
origin of linguistic irregularity.
In Wang and Minett (Eds.) Language
acquisition, change, and evolution. Talk from 2001.
of Language Variation, 5,
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.
Grammar, statistics, or both. Trends in
Cognitive Sciences. 451-456.
reassessment of the poverty stimulus
argument. (With J.A.Legate). Linguistic
Review, 19, 151-162.
and external forces in language change.
Variation and Change. 12,
think-thunk. Review of Steven Pinker's
and Rules: The ingredients of
language. London Review of
Estimation of software reliability by
stratified sampling.. ACM
Transactions on Software Engineering
and Methodology. 8, 263-283.
Unordered merge and its linearization.
Partition test, stratified sampling,
and cluster analysis. ACM SIGSOFT
Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSOFT
symposium on Foundations of software
I did my graduate work with Bob
Berwick and Noam
Chomsky in the MIT
AI Lab, an incredibly fun place. I
then took up a faculty position in
linguistics and psychology at Yale. I
moved to Penn in 2006 to join a uniquely
interdisciplinary community for language
and cognitive science (RIP)
scholarly activities (invited talks)
Dec. Workshop in the memory of
Carol Chomsky. MIT.
Oct. Center for Language &
Speech Processing (CLSP), Johns
Sept. Input & syntactic
acquisition workshop. UC Irvine.
Aug. Plenary lecture. XIXth
International Conference on
Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
May. Workshop on recursion in
language and cognition. UMass
May. 20 hour lectures in
language acquisition. Graduate
school of linguistics. The
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 Netherlands.
Dec. CUNY Graduate Center.
Ikerbasque lecture. The
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the
July. Workshop on linguistic
congress of linguistics. Seoul.
June. Workshop on artificial
language learning and
computational models. Utrecht,
June. Workshop on frequency
effects in language acquisition.
May. Workshop on productivity
and grammar. Tufts.
April. Workshop on
morphosyntactic variation. UMass
April Bard College.
Dec. Origin of man and language
Workshop. European Science
Nov. Utrecht University, the
in language acquisition
Nov. Il Dono Infinito. Festival
della Scienza. Genoa.
Oct. Workshop on
statistics and syntax. MIT.
Oct. UMass, Amherst.
Aug. Workshop on models of
language acquisition. Cog Sci
Society Annual Meeting,
June. IRCS undergraduate
June. Workshop on language
May. Workshop on syntactic
Feb. Panel on models of language
change. Penn Linguistics
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