Tal Linzen

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University, where I direct the JHU Computational Psycholinguistics Lab.

I am also affiliated with the Center for Language and Speech Processing.

Representative publications

Tal Linzen (2019). What can linguistics and deep learning contribute to each other? Language: Perspectives section. [arxiv]

Tal Linzen & Florian Jaeger (2016). Uncertainty and expectation in sentence processing: Evidence from subcategorization distributions. Cognitive Science 40(6), 1382–1411. [link] [pdf] [bib]

Tal Linzen, Emmanuel Dupoux & Yoav Goldberg (2016). Assessing the ability of LSTMs to learn syntax-sensitive dependencies. Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics 4, 521–535. [link] [pdf] [bib]

Short bio

Before joining JHU, I was a postdoctoral researcher in LSCP and IJN in the Cognitive Science Department at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where I worked with Emmanuel Dupoux and Benjamin Spector.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Linguistics in September 2015 from New York University, under the supervision of Alec Marantz. During my Ph.D., I also collaborated with Gillian Gallagher, Maria Gouskova and Liina Pylkkänen at NYU, as well as with Florian Jaeger at the University of Rochester.

Before that, I obtained a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Linguistics and an M.A. in Linguistics (with Mira Ariel), both from Tel Aviv University, and worked as a data scientist and software engineer in various companies, the last of which was IBM.


243 Krieger Hall
Cognitive Science Department
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


Winter break talks: Yale Linguistics (Dec 10), Microsoft Research Redmond (Dec 13), Allen AI Institute (Dec 14), MarantzFest at NYU (Jan 6), Google New York (Jan 7).

November: paper and extended abstract accepted to the Society for Computation in Linguistics.

November 1: Co-organized the workshop on analyzing and interpreting neural networks for NLP (at EMNLP).

October 19: Colloquium talk at Georgetown University.

September 3-4: Visiting the University of Potsdam.

August: Two papers accepted to EMNLP.

July: Three papers from the lab presented at the Cognitive Science Society conference: 1 2 3.

July 2: Talk at Humboldt University, Berlin.

June 7: Linguistics colloquium talk at Tel Aviv University.

May 29: Linguistics colloquium talk at Bar-Ilan University.

May: Paper on acceptability judgments accepted to Glossa.

April 11: CLIP/LING colloquium talk at the University of Maryland.

March 15-17: Poster on agreement attraction and time pressure at the CUNY sentence processing conference.

March: Paper using nonce sentences for syntactic evaluation of RNNs across languages (with Facebook AI Research collaborators) to appear at NAACL.