Some research papers
(2018) A user's guide to the
Tolerance Principle. For public consumption.
(2018) A formalist perspective on
language acquisition. Target article with peer commentaries
and reply. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.
(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 in POP
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 Science.
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
linguistic origin of the next number. Ms. (Slides from
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.
(2015) For and 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,
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.
afraid of George Kingsley Zipf?
Significance: The Magazine of the Royal
Statistical Society and the American
Statistical Soceity. Dec. 29-34.
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 meeting
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
and paradigmatic gaps. Slides from
NELS2012 at CUNY. Joint work with Kyle
Gorman, Jennifer Preys, and Margaret
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 writings.
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 the talk
Computational models of syntactic
acquisition.. (In 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
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.
productivity. Yearbook of
Language Variation, 5, 333-370.
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
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
and cognitive science (RIP)
scholarly activities (invited talks)
Dec. Workshop in the memory of
Carol Chomsky. MIT.
Oct. Center for Language &
Speech Processing (CLSP),
Sept. Input & syntactic
acquisition workshop. UC
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
Dec. CUNY Graduate Center.
Ikerbasque lecture. The
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao,
the Basque Country.
July. Workshop on linguistic
congress of linguistics.
June. Workshop on artificial
language learning and
computational models. Utrecht,
June. Workshop on frequency
effects in language
May. Workshop on productivity
and grammar. Tufts.
April. Workshop on
April Bard College.
Dec. Origin of man and
language Workshop. European
Science Foundation. Rome.
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
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