Principal Investigators

Timothy O'Donnell

I am an assistant professor of linguistics at McGill University.

In my research, I develop mathematical models of language generalization, learning, and processing. My research draws on experimental methods from psychology, formal modeling techniques from natural language processing, theoretical tools from linguistics, and problems from all three.

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Morgan Sonderegger

I am an assistant professor of linguistics at McGill University.

I specialize in phonology, phonetics, computational linguistics, language variation and change, and quantitative methods.

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Post-doctoral Fellows

Michael McAuliffe

I'm involved primarily with developing software tools to help enable research of acoustic phonetics and intonation in large speech corpora.

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Graduate Students

Amelia Bruno

I am interested in computational and formal approaches to syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. My current work is primarily on parsing, grammar induction, and Minimalist Grammars. I am especially interested in how we can use formal grammars and computational tools to better understand syntactic theories.

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Emily Kellison-Linn

I work on Bayesian models of lexicon discovery in spoken audio and statistical modeling of phonetic effects in large corpora.

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Wilfred TF Yau

My interest in linguistics is unorthodox, coming from a background of economics, mathematics, and statistics. I am interested in computational pragmatics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in general, hoping to contribute to the advancement of language technologies by approaching linguistics from a quantitative perspective.

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Undergraduates

Arlie Coles

I am a fourth-year undergraduate at McGill University, majoring in Honours Cognitive Science with focus on the intersection of computer science and linguistics. I am particularly interested in the application of computational and machine learning techniques to linguistic and perceptual problems. Currently, I am working on the integration of deep neural networks into software for forced phonetic alignment of speech audio.

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Emily Mulhall

Emily is in the last year of her Bachelors of Arts and Science degree. She is a cognitive science major and linguistics minor. Her main research interests include computational semantics and pragmatics, logic and computation, and mathematical linguistics. Her current work focuses on the Rational Speech Acts model and epistemic logic.

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Elias Stengel-Eskin

I am currently an undergraduate Honours Cognitive Science major at McGill University, focusing in computer science and linguistics. I work as a research assistant at the Montreal Language Modeling Lab (MLML). I am interested in natural language processing and computation linguistics. My personal research interests lie in unsupervised models of language; specifically, I want to take advantage of the successes of deep learning to make better unsupervised algorithms for natural language processing. I am currently working on a variational inference algorithm for a model of language acquisition, which I describe in my thesis.

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External Collaborators