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 & 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


I am co-organizing a Workshop on Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP at EMNLP in November 2018 (with Afra Alishahi and Grzegorz Chrupala).

October 2017: Paper accepted to the 2018 Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics workshop.

September 29: Colloquium talk at the linguistics department at Stony Brook University.

September 12-15: I participated in the Meaning in Context workshop at Stanford.

July 26: Talk at the workshop on Deep Learning in Computational Cognitive Science at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

June 20: Talk at LIMSI / Université Paris Sud.

June 8: ILLC seminar, University of Edinburgh.

June 2017: Paper accepted to CoNLL.

June 2017: Paper accepted to Laboratory Phonology.

May 31, 2017: Colloquium talk at Tilburg University.

May 4-6, 2017: Workshop on the psycholinguistics of morphology in Freiburg.