Tal Linzen

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Science Department of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, working with Emmanuel Dupoux and Benjamin Spector. I will start as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University in July 2017.

My research is in computational psycholinguistics: I use computational and experimental methods to advance our understanding of human languages, focusing on how they are learned and used.

Upcoming talks

May 31: Colloquium talk, Tilburg University.

June 8: ILCC seminar, University of Edinburgh.

June 20: Talk at LIMSI / Université Paris Sud.

Representative publications

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

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.


April 2017: I helped organize the Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics workshop at EACL.

March 2017: I presented a poster on agreement errors in RNNs and humans at the CUNY sentence processing conference.

March 9, 2017: Invited talk at a workshop on information theory at the DGFS annual conference.

February 2017: Paper accepted at EACL.

January 26, 2017: Talk at Paris Diderot University.

November 21, 2016: Talk at Queen Mary University of London.

November 2016: New paper accepted in Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

August 2016: Two papers at RepEval, on word analogies and human implicit measures.

July 2016: Talk at the Language Research Cluster at the University of Potsdam.

June 2016: Paper at *SEM 2016.

June 2016: Talk at the 2nd Usage-Based Linguistics Conference.

June 2016: New fMRI paper in Language, Cognition & Neuroscience.