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

I’m currently 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. I work on the JHU Decompositional Semantics Initiative (Decomp), led by Kyle Rawlins and Benjamin Van Durme, and I lead the MegaAttitude Project with Kyle Rawlins.

In Fall 2017, I’ll be joining the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Goergen Institute for Data Science, with secondary appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

How to find me

Email aswhite@jhu.edu
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Office 153 Krieger Hall

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.