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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Jacob Louis Hoover

I am interested syntax, semantics, formal linguistics and logic. I want to understand the mathematical and logical structure of natural language and of the systems used in making linguistic theories.

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Bing'er Jiang

I’m interested in phonetics, phonology and computational linguistics. I previously worked on speech perception with a focus on individual variability. My current project is on using the bottleneck features extracted from deep neural network based speech recognition systems to explore linguistic representations for various phonological contrasts.

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Koustuv Sinha

I am a PhD student affiliated with Mila and Reasoning and Learning Lab at McGill University. My primary research interests are Generative Language Modeling (Dialog Systems) and Language Reasoning.

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James Tanner

I am interested in phonetics, phonology, and the use of quantitative methods to study language variation and change. My current research focuses on phonetic variability in spontaneous speech contexts.

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Vanna Willerton

I am interested in using Bayesian models to examine human cognition. I am currently working on a project to help understand how children learn the productive morphology of their language.

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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

Graham Adachi-Kriege

I am in my fourth year majoring in Cognitive Science with a focus in computer science and a minor in linguistics. I am most interested in semantics in natural language processing, including sentiment analysis, word sense disambiguation, and topic modeling.

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Emily Baylor

I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate at McGill University double majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. My research interests include computational morphology, computational phonology, and the application of machine learning techniques to linguistic problems.

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Yves Blain-Montesano

I am an Honours Cognitive Science student in my final year. I am interested in natural language processing and applying machine learning to semantics. My current work is on the predictive power of the fragment grammar model.

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Seara Chen

I am a fourth-year undergraduate at McGill University, majoring in Honours Computer Science. I am personally interested in computational linguistic with focus on language acquisition and disambiguation as well as quantitative approaches that is applicable across different languages.

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Emily Goodwin

I am an undergraduate in the McGill Linguistics department, interested in computational approaches to modeling natural language semantics, especially compositional representations.

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Benjamin Taubenblatt

I am currently in my last semester at McGill University, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Linguistics. I am most interested in using linguistic knowledge to improve natural language understanding (NLU) and natural language processing (NLP) techniques.

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Gregory Theos

I’m an undergraduate currently studying Linguistics and Computer Science at McGill University. My interests lie in computational approaches to modeling phonology and morphology, as well as in natural language processing. I have current work on predicting reaction time in lexical decision tasks for morphologically complex forms.

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External Collaborators