Language is at the center of almost every human activity. Yet producing and understanding even the simplest of sentences is one of the most complicated tasks that humans perform. Linguistics, the general study of language, attempts to answer the following questions: How do we produce and understand sentences? How is language acquired by children? What are the ways in which the languages of the world are alike and different? How do languages change over time? How does our ability to speak language compare to our other cognitive abilities? How is language used in different social and cultural contexts?

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  • Possible worlds semantics for pictures 

    Abusch, Dorit (2015-12-06)
    Possible worlds semantics for pictures is reviewed. Pictures are mapped to propositional semantic values by a geometric method. On this basis, an account of the temporal interpretation of pictorial narratives is constructed. ...
  • Acoustic Classification of Focus: On the Web and in the Lab 

    Howell, Jonathan; Rooth, Mats; Wagner, Michael (2016-02-26)
    We present a new methodological approach which combines both naturally-occurring speech “harvested” on the web and speech data elicited in the laboratory. This proof-of-concept study examines the phenomenon of focus ...
  • Headed span theory in the finite state calculus 

    Rooth, Mats (2016-01-02)
    A development of headed span theory in the finite state calculus. Slides for colloquium presentation at University of Delaware, March 20, 2014.
  • Representing Focus Scoping over New 

    Rooth, Mats (GLSA, Amherst, MA, 2015)
  • Harvesting speech datasets for linguistic research on the web 

    Rooth, Mats; Howell, Jonathan; Wagner, Michael (2013-10-29)
    This is a white paper for a project that harvested audio and transcribed data from podcasts and news broadcasts on the web. Tools were developed to analyze the different uses of prosody (rhythm, stress and intonation) ...

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