Numerous current and former Stanford linguists will be presenting at Frontiers in Comparative Metrics 2 at Tallin University this weekend.
- Tatiana Nikitina and Boris Maslov: Rich and Poor Rhymes in the Onegin stanza
- Boris Maslov and Tatiana Nikitina: Pragmatics of 19th Russian rhythmic verse types
- Paul Kiparsky: Kalevala and Mordvin meter
- Lev Blumenfeld: An investigation of prosodic typicality?
- Kristin Hanson: Individual and collective lyrical styles: a generative perspective on textsetting in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Two papers from the department will be presented at the International Conference on Learning Representations:
- Sam Bowman will present “Can recursive neural tensor networks learn logical reasoning?“
- Sida I. Wang, Roy Frostig, Percy Liang, and Christopher D. Manning will present “Relaxations for inference in restricted Boltzmann machines”
Penny Eckert presented at the University of Arizona on March 27 on “Looking for meaning in all the right places” as part of their School of Anthropology Distinguished Lecture Series.
Alum Rob Munro will be speaking at the Stanford Computational Social Science conference today on “Crowdsourcing and Natural Language Processing for the Social Good”.
Alum Philip Hofmeister is teaching a course on “The psycholinguistics of island effects” at the GLOW 37 Spring School in Brussels from April 7-11.
Dan Lassiter is an invited speaker at CLS 50 this weekend. He’ll present his paper “Information, cost, and monotonicity: Experiments on ought“.
Percy Liang will present his research at the SymSys Forum this Monday at 12:15 PM in the Greenberg Room.
Computing with Natural Language
Today, the tremendous growth of semi-structured data far outpaces our ability to ask interesting deep questions of it. Moreover, much of the advanced data processing and analysis is limited to the privileged few who have programming expertise. In this talk, I will entertain the possibility of using natural language as a universal and agile interface for querying, and more generally computing with, data. Specifically, I will discuss two recent projects: (i) learning to map natural language questions into database queries on Freebase; and (ii) learning to map natural language queries onto XPath expressions that extract entities from web pages. In both these projects, I will discuss the statistical and computational challenges of learning from weakly-supervised data.
Meghan Sumner and Eve Clark presented at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen at the workshop Comprehension = Production?
- Meghan: “Effects of phonetic variation in understanding spoken words and what they tell us about linguistic representations”
- Eve: “Discrepancies in comprehension vs. production, in acquisition and beyond”
The Stanford Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop: “The Construction of Meaning” will be hosting the following talk from Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) this Monday, February 24 at 4PM in the Greenberg Room. He will present the paper “Speech Acts as Semantic Objects”.
Paul Kiparsky will give the Cowgill Lecture at Yale on February 24, speaking on “Word accentuation: From IE to Baltic and Slavic”.
Cleo Condoravdi presented “The trouble with anankastics” this week as a Yale Monday Colloquium.
Seung Kyung Kim and Meghan Sumner presented “The Effects of Emotional Prosody on Spoken Word Recognition” at the Linguistic Evidence Conference in Tübingen, Germany on Thursday, February 13.
Matthew Adams presented “Grammar and Usage and Interdependent: English
Comparative Adjective Variation” at the Linguistic Evidence Conference in Tübingen, Germany on Thursday, February 13.