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PI: Ted Gibson
Ted Gibson
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Leon Bergen
Richard Futrell
Melissa Kline
Kyle Mahowald
Leon Email
Richard Email
Melissa Email
Kyle Email

Leon is interested in computational and experimental approaches to semantics and pragmatics. He has worked on models of exaggeration and metaphor, focus effects from prosody, and embedded implicatures. He has broad interests in the overlap between linguistics, cognitive science, and computer science.

Richard is interested (so far) in how the pressure of managing information transfer between speakers shapes the structure of natural language(s). In pursuit of that goal, he likes to make computational models and analyze naturalistic data in linguistic corpora. Phenomena he's worked on so far include grammatical gender and noun classifier systems, language change and grammaticalization, word order variation, typological generalizations such as the Accessibility Hierarchy, and discourse structure. His favorite languages are Mandarin, German, and Hungarian.

I study the intersections between cognitive development and language acquisition. More specifically, I am interested in how children (and adults) use syntactic structures to make inferences about what sentences mean, and to choose the right things to say to get their own meanings across. I study how children use their conceptual and linguistic representations of causation to make inferences about particular events in the world, and about the meanings of syntactic structures such as the transitive (Jane broke the lamp) and periphrastic causative (Jane made the lamp break). I also look at how event representations and pragmatics interact for children who are just beginning to form their first multi-word utterances.

Kyle is interested in how and why languages change (both syntactically and at the level of the word), the organizational structure of the lexicon (i.e., why we have the words we have instead of some other set of words), the relationship between communicative efficiency and natural language, historical English, language neuroimaging, and lexical-functional grammar. He approaches these questions through a combination of computational and experimental methods.


Tim O'Donnell
Ev Fedorenko

Tim is interested in building precise, computational models of the representations and mechanisms underlying language acquisition and processing. His research draws on experimental methods from psychology, formal modeling techniques from computational linguistics and natural language processing, and representations from linguistics. His most recent work has focused on the problem of productivity: why certain linguistic structures can be used to make new forms (e.g., -ness in pine-scentedness, googleableness, etc.), while others only occur in existing forms (e.g., -th in warmth, width, etc.).

Ev is interested in the architecture of the language system and its relationship with other cognitive systems. She is a research scientist in Nancy Kanwisher's lab but is pursuing a number of projects in collaboration with TedLab.


RA's / UROPs:

Elizabeth Cain

Eunice Lim



We continue to collaborate with many of the past lab members (see Alums below).

Here are some additional affiliates / collaborators:

Laura Dilley (Michigan State University)

Daniel Everett (Bentley University)

Patrick Grosz (MIT)

Andrea Gualmini (Utrecht University)

Roger Levy (UCSD)

Nancy Kanwisher (MIT)

Miguel Oliveira, Jr. (Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil)

Pritty Patel-Grosz (MIT)

Tyler Perrachione (MIT)

Rebecca Saxe (MIT)

Greg Scontras (Harvard University)

Josh Tenenbaum (MIT)

Nat Twarog (MIT)



Melissa Troyer (2011)
Current location: UCSD (San Diego, CA)

Steve Piantadosi (2011)
Current location: University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)

John Kraemer (2010)

Mike C. Frank (2010)
Current location: Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Mara Breen (2007)
Current location: University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)

Ev Fedorenko (2007)
Current location: MIT (Cambridge, MA)

Florian Wolf (2004)
Current location: Munchen, Germany

Ken Nakatani (2004)
Current location: Konan University (Japan)

Franny Hsiao (2003)

Dan Grodner (2002)
Current location: Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)

Duane Watson (2002)
Current location: University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL)

Tessa Warren (2001)
Current location: University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Edson Miyamoto (1998)
Current location: University of Tsukuba (Japan)

Masha Babyonyshev (1996)

Carson Schutze (1995)
Current location: UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

Colin Phillips (1995)
Current location: University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

Peter Graff
Current Location: Santa Clara, CA

Hal Tily
Current location: San Francisco, CA

Raj Singh
Current location: Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University (Carleton, Canada)

Jared Novick
Current location: University of Maryland, CASL (College Park, MD)

Michael Wagner
Current location: McGill University (Montreal, Canada)

Doug Rohde
Current location: Google, NYC
The real website:

San Tunstall

Edith Kaan
Current location: University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

Whitney Tabor
Current location: University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

Christian Bentz
Current location: University of Cambridge

Frank Keller
Current location: University of Edinburgh

Anubha Kothari
Current location: San Francisco, CA

Meredith Brown
Current location: Rochester University (Rochester, NY)

Atanas Chanev
Current location: University of Trento (Italy)

Florian Jaeger
Current location: Rochester University (Rochester, NY)

Emannuel Bellengier
Current location: France
Webpage: n/a

Timmy Desmet
Current location: Belgium (We have lost Timmy to the business world)

John Hale
Current location: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Erin Conwell
Current location: North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND)

Christina Kim
Current location: Rochester University (Rochester, NY)