What I do

I’m interested in the relationship between word meaning and syntactic/semantic structure, focusing specifically on how this relationship can be leveraged to learn the meanings of verbs. I use a variety of methodologies in my work, including computational modeling, behavioral experiments, corpus methods, and traditional distributional analysis.

My CV can be found here.

Where I am

Generally

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Goergen Institute for Data Science at the University of Rochester, with secondary appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Right now

From July 24-28, I’m teaching two courses at ESSLLI 2017: unsupervised methods for linguistic data and computational lexical semantics.

How to find me

Email aaron.white@rochester.edu
Github aaronstevenwhite
Twitter aaronsteven
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Office 511A Lattimore Hall (starting mid-August)

Where I’ve been

I received my BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009, followed by a year in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland as a Baggett Fellow. I went on to receive my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland in 2015. My dissertation, Information and Incrementality in Syntactic Bootstrapping, was co-advised by Valentine Hacquard and Jeff Lidz.

From 2015 to 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s Science of Learning Institute with affiliations in the Department of Cognitive Science and the Center for Language and Speech Processing. While at Hopkins, I worked on the JHU Decompositional Semantics Initiative (Decomp), led by Ben Van Durme and Kyle Rawlins, and I led the MegaAttitude Project with Kyle Rawlins.