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Look Who’s Talking!

Dan Jurafsky will be giving a colloquium at UPenn’s Institute for Research in Cognitive Science today: “Extracting Social Meaning from Language: The Computational Linguistics of Food and the Spread of Innovation”.

Welcome New Grad Students!

We have a new class of very talented grad students this fall! Here are their photos and self-descriptions (as of last spring). Please join us in welcoming them to the department!

Ignacio Cases (University at Albany, State University of New York)

Since I was a kid I have been passionate about Mesoamerican languages, writing systems, and ancient astronomy, shared with an enthusiasm for artificial intelligence and computers. At SUNY Albany, I got an MA in Anthropological Linguistics developing computational methods applied to Maya hieroglyphic writing. My current interests are centered in computational linguistics approaches to historical sociolinguistics within Mesoamerican languages, with special attention to language contact and variation and language modeling. I have worked in several sites in the Maya area, serving at the moment as co-epigrapher in the archaeological project Peten Norte-Naachtun in the Guatemalan rainforest.

Matt Lamm (Columbia University)

I grew up in New York, and went on to do my undergraduate studies in Math and South Asian Philology at Columbia. I’ve just about completed a two-year Masters at Oxford, where I’ve worked on a range of things: formal semantics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, and queer theory, to name a few. I’m looking forward to joining the department at Stanford, where I hope to explore an overwhelming number of things, like computational models of sentiment and other hypernetwork-scale discursive patterns, some computational historical Indo-Aryan, and even some continued language and gender theory. Outside of work, I talk about literature incessantly, and spend all the extra time I can get reading and writing. (My current favorite place in the UK is the National Gallery.)

Zachary Wilkins (Case Western Reserve University)

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, I received my B.A. from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University, with a minor in mathematics. I am currently finishing my M.A. thesis in the Department of Linguistics at the University of North Carolina, for which I designed an experiment to look at pragmatic comprehension of tautologies in adults and children. I have lived just under two years in South America, and empirically I am most interested in Spanish and Guaraní and how the two languages interact in the region. Before starting my PhD at Stanford this fall, I will be on fellowship to live in Asunción, Paraguay and continue my studies of the Guaraní language. At Stanford I hope to continue to work on pragmatics and language acquisition, as well as develop broad knowledge of computational linguistics, especially models that address how people construct meaning in context. When I’m not doing linguistics, I’m discovering good restaurants with good people, jumping on the latest tech craze or enjoying Argentine food and culture.

Ciyang Qing (University of Amsterdam)

I am from Nanning, the “Green City” in southern China. I did my undergraduate study in Information and Computing Science at Peking University and I am now a Master of Logic student at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam. My main research interest is in computational experimental semantics/pragmatics. I want to understand how we use language to interact with each other, and ultimately use this knowledge to build smarter machines. My non-academic interests include fantasy, games (both board and digital), food and music.

Rob Voigt (Vassar College)

Coming from a background in Chinese literary and cultural studies, I got into computational linguistics during my M.A. here at Stanford, and haven’t looked back since! In general I’m interested in applying computational methods to questions of social meaning and sociolinguistic variation. Most recently, I’ve been working with video data to better understand the relationship between body movement, emotiveness, and acoustic prosody. Random life items: from Washington D.C.; love playing and listening to all kinds of music (let’s jam); will never turn down an invitation to sushi.

Robert Xu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Originally from Zhuhai, China, I received my B.A. from Wuhan University and M.A./M.Phil. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently I am interested in prosodic variations in speech perception. Additional interests include the prosody-semantic interface, the bilingual lexicon, and forensic phonetics. Outside of linguistics, I enjoy theater, music, comedy, and seeing fossils in museums.

Beginning of the Year Party Today (9/19) at 3 PM!

Welcome back, everybody!

The Linguistics Department will host its Beginning of the Year party TODAY. Please come kick off the 2014-15 academic year and welcome our new PhD students, faculty, and visitors!

3:00-3:30 pm Introductions in Greenberg Conference Room (Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460, Room 126)

3:30-5:00 pm Party in the department patio (the “Linguistics Courtyard”), downstairs at the back of the building.

Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Language of Food has Arrived!

And it’s making a splash! Click here to see the schedule for Dan’s bookstore tour.

Tour Highlights:
Sep 26, 2014 Talking at Penn
Sep 29-30, 2014 Talking at Royal Society workshop on Food and Data, Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire, UK
Oct 9, 2014 Talking at MIT

NPR And Beyond
Dan has also been a part of various radio conversations talking about his book, such as All Things Considered on NPR.

Dan and his book were also featured recently in the New York Times!.

And Dan and his book were ALSO featured in The Atlantic!.

Phew! In short, congratulations, Dan, and sesquikudos from a very proud department newsletter.

From United Hemisphere Magazine:

Congratulations to our graduates!

The Stanford Linguistics Department will hold its graduation ceremony for 2014 this Sunday, June 15 at 12:30 in the area between Cubberly and Green Library (near the fountain). Everyone in the department is welcome to come to this happy occasion.

Congratulations to those being celebrated in this year’s ceremony!

Eric Kenneth Acton
Roey J. Gafter
Kate Geenberg
Jessica Danielle Spencer

Bachelor of Arts
Christopher Douglas Frederick
Cameron Wayne Jeffers

Bachelor of Arts with Honors
Benjamin Lokshin
Hanzhi Zhu

Plaque and room dedication for Ivan A. Sag

Last Friday, Tom Wasow unveiled a plaque in memory of our former colleague, Ivan A. Sag, using the occasion to remind us of Ivan’s many contributions to linguistics and cognitive science at Stanford and beyond. Visit what is now the Ivan A. Sag Room (Margaret Jacks Hall Room 127B) to see and read the plaque.