Research


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.

Ph.D. Program

Our computer science Ph.D. students work on a range of topics within theoretical and applied computational linguistics. Students benefit from close relationships with and mentoring by faculty, and participate in grant-funded research from the start of their studies. Ph.D. students form an integral part of the computational linguistics community at Brandeis.

Applications to the Ph.D. program are encouraged from students in our computational linguistics master's degree program, as well as outstanding students applying from outside Brandeis.

Faculty Research

Please visit the homepages of specific faculty members for information on their research, students, staff, and affiliates.

James Pustejovsky
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

Nianwen Xue
Assistant Professor of Language and Linguistics
in the Department of Computer Science

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

  • Chinese word segmentation, POS tagging, syntactic parsing
  • Chinese semantic role labeling
  • Chinese temporal processing
  • Chinese discourse analysis
  • Machine translation
Sophia A. Malamud
Associate Professor of Language and Linguistics
in the 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

Lotus Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Language and Linguistics
in the 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

Marc Verhagen
Senior Research Scientist in Computational Linguistics
in the Department of Computer Science

Research focus includes:

  • Computational linguistics
  • Corpus annotation and machine learning
  • Temporal relation identification

Marie Meteer
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics
in the Department of Computer Science

Research focus includes:

  • Computational linguistics
  • Natural language processing
  • Speech Recognition
  • Analysis of unstructured data