Research

I’m currently working on deep learning approaches to linguistic acceptability (grammaticality) judgments.

Recently, I built the Corpus of Linguistic Acceptability (CoLA), a corpus of 10657 examples sentences with acceptability judgments from the linguistics literature. You can access CoLA here: https://nyu-mll.github.io/CoLA/

I am also working on the meaning of the English particle just and the theory of questions under discussion.

My syntactic research proposes a Categorial Grammar approach to a class of discontinuous coordinations in English phenomenon known as Right-Node Wrapping.

Papers

BLiMP: A Benchmark of Linguistic Minimal Pairs. With Alicia Parrish, Haokun Liu, Anhad Mohananey, Wei Peng, Sheng-Fu Wang, and Samuel R. Bowman. ArXiv preprint. 2019. (BLiMP resource cite)

Neural Network Acceptability Judgments. With Amanpreet Singh and Samuel R. Bowman. to appear in TACL. (CoLA resource site)

Grammatical Analysis of Pretrained Sentence Encoders with Acceptability Judgments. With Samuel R. Bowman. ArXiv preprint. 2019.

Verb Argument Structure Alternations in Word and Sentence Embeddings. With Katharina Kann, Adina Williams, Samuel R. Bowman. Proceedings of SCiL 2. 2019.

Excluding ImperativesUnpublished manuscript. 2018.

Right-node wrapping: A combinatory accountProceedings of Workshop “Empirical Advances in Categorial Grammar”, ESSLLI. 2015.

Right-Node Wrapping. Undergraduate Thesis. 2015.

The Syntax of Coordination and Discontinuity in a Combinatory Categorial Grammar. Presented at Tri-College Undergraduate Linguistics Conference. 2015.

Presentations

Investigating BERT’s Knowledge of Grammar: Five Analysis Methods with NPIs. Talk given at EMNLP 2019. November 2019. (slides)

Neural Network Acceptability Judgments. Talk given at EMNLP 2019. November 2019. (slides)

Non-Resolving Responses to Polar Questions. With Omar Agha. Poster presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 24. September 2019. (poster)

Just: Don’t Ask the Question. Talk given at Sinn und Bedeutung 24. September 2019. (slides)

Verb Argument Structure Alternations in Word and Sentence Embeddings. With Katharina Kann, Adina Williams, Samuel R. Bowman. Poster presented at SCiL 2. 2019.

Non-Resolving Responses to Polar Questions. With Omar Agha. Talk given at SYNC. 2018.

Just Refuses to Answer the QUD. Talk given at NYU Semantics Group. 2018.

Acceptability Judgments from a Neural Network. With Samuel R. Bowman. Talk given at Annual Meeting of the LSA. 2018.

Right-node wrapping: A combinatory account. Talk given at ESSLLI Workshop “Empirical Advances in Categorial Grammar”. 2015.

The Syntax of Coordination and Discontinuity in a Combinatory Categorial Grammar. Talk given at Tri-College Undergraduate Linguistics Conference. 2015.