Research Program

Brandeis Lab for Linguistics and Computation

The Brandeis Lab for Linguistics and Computation is home to our faculty, researchers, and graduate students. The lab's grant-funded computational and theoretical linguistics and natural language processing research has been at the forefront of the field for decades.

Faculty Research

TJX/Feldberg Chair in Computer Science
Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Language and Linguistics
Chair of the Master's Program in Computational Linguistics

Research areas include:

  • Computational linguistics

  • Lexical semantics

  • Generative Lexicon theory

  • Qualitative temporal and spatial reasoning

  • TimeML and ISO-Space

  • Machine learning and language annotation

Associate Professor of Language and Linguistics
Department of Computer Science

Research focuses on Chinese linguistic corpora annotated with morphological, syntactic, semantic and discourse structures, including:

  • Syntactic Parsing

  • Semantic Parsing

  • Discourse Parsing

  • Chinese Language Processing

Associate Professor of Language and Linguistics
Department of Computer Science

Research focuses on the cross-linguistic exploration of semantics and pragmatics, including:

  • The pragmatics of speech acts and the semantics of clause-types

  • Game- and decision-theoretic models of meaning

  • Mood, tense, and modality

  • Reference, (in)definiteness, and information structure

  • Collection, annotation, and analysis of spoken corpora

  • The language of immigrant and bilingual communities

Associate Professor of Language and Linguistics
Department of Computer Science

Research focuses on theoretical generative syntax and the syntax-semantics interface, including:

  • Null anaphora from a cross-linguistic perspective

  • 'Verb-Stranding' and other non-English VP Ellipsis

  • Interactions between morphosyntactic typology and null anaphora traits and diagnostics

  • Modern Hebrew, other Semitic languages, verb-initial languages

  • Corpus linguistics and language annotation

Senior Research Scientist in Computational Linguistics
Department of Computer Science

Research focus includes:

  • Computational linguistics

  • Corpus annotation and machine learning

  • Temporal relation identification

Associate Professor of the Practice in Computational Linguistics and Industry Liaison
Department of Computer Science

Research focus includes:

  • Computational linguistics

  • Natural language processing

  • Speech Recognition

  • Analysis of unstructured data