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


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.

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.