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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(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.
(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) ...
(Special Interest Group of the Association for Computational Linguistics on Web as Corpus (ACL SIGWAC), 2013-07-22)A vast and growing amount of recorded speech is freely available on the web, including podcasts, radio broadcasts, and posts on media-sharing sites. However, finding specific words or phrases in online speech data ...
(2012-12-15)This paper looks at co‐indexing in pictorial narratives such as comics. Using a formal‐semantic model of the content of pictures, it is argued that depicted objects are existentially quantified, and are identified post ...