My current CV (click here).
Need to schedule a meeting? Free/busy times are indicated on my Google calendar: check calendar for John.Goldsmith@gmail.com.
Language and the Mind: Encounters in the Mind Fields
Language and the Mind: Encounters in the Mind Fields is the title of a book that I have been writing with Bernard Laks (Université de Paris Nanterre) which looks at the nature of intellectual rupture and continuity, with a careful look at linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and logic during the period from 1870 to 1970.
Drawing information theory and linguistic theory together
The evaluation metric in generative grammar. A version of the paper presented at the 50th annivesary celebration for the MIT Department of Linguistics, December 2011. Slides. It will appear in a volume in memory of Raj Singh.
Learning morphophonology from morphology and MDL.
First, second, and third order string differences: where morphology and
phonology come from -- handout from the workshop on information theory
in linguistics at the LSA Summer Institute, July 17, 2011.
Information theory for linguists: a tutorial introduction. From the workshop on information theory in linguistics at the LSA Summer Institute, July 16, 2011.
Segmentation and morphology. In The Handbook of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. An overview
of computational work on morphology and on the problem of learning to segment words and morphemes.
Information theoretic approaches to phonology: the case of Finnish vowel harmony With Jason Riggle. This appeared in Natural Language and Linguistic Inquiry.
Draft of: Your Turing Machine or Mine? June 2007.
A video presentation of this at UCL: meeting on Machine Learning and Cognitive Science of Language Acquisition
Towards a new empiricism. A revised version will appear as part of a book written with Alex Clark, Nick Chater, and Amy Perfors.
Analogy in morphology.
Learning phonological categories
December 2006. With Aris Xanthos. This paper appeared in Language, March 2009.
Probability for linguists. March 2007
An algorithm for the unsupervised learning
On the history of linguistics, mostly recent
A paper (with Bernard Laks, Université de Paris X) on the history of generative phonology.
A review of Saussure, a biography of Ferdinand de Saussure, by John Joseph, which appeared in Nature in 2012.
A review of Chomskyan (R)evolutions., a festschrift for Konrad Koerner, edited by Douglas Kibbee. A shorter version appeared in Language,
A review article on Bruce Nevin's book on Zellig Harris.
Le tournant cognitif et les sciences du langage. A
paper presented at the 40th anniversary of the founding of the
Université de Paris Nanterre, to be published in the proceedings of the
Theory, kernels, data, methods.To appear shortly in the proceedings from the Chicago Linguistics Society.
Generative phonology in the late 1940s. February 2007. This appeared more recently in Phonology.
My 2004 CLS
paper on the role of the algorithm in generative grammar.
See also the reference to a paper below on information theory,
entropy, and phonology in the 20th century.
Geoff Huck and I wrote a book Ideology
and Linguistic Theory (1995) dealing with generative semantics
and interpretive semantics in the post-Aspects period, showing
how many of the critical suggestions of generative semantics were
integrated into mainstream linguistic thought in following generations,
and that the professional battle waged during this period was often
disconnected from the intellectual issues that were referenced.
One of our earlier papers is available here: Distributionalist
and Mediationalist Themes in the Development of Linguistic Theory.
article on Robert Barsky's Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent.
The Linguistica Project
See our Linguistica homepage at Linguistica.uchicago.edu
for source code, and for research papers. This project
is the development of a computer program that automatically performs
morphological analysis of a raw text corpus that you give it.
Lives in Linguistics. Haj
Ross and I have been
working on this project, an oral history of linguistics. Click on "Lives
in Linguistics" for a link to the home page of this project.
Here are the course notes from some courses I have taught in recent years.
Computational linguistics: exploring scientific questions about language from the point of view of machine learning.
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