What I do

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.

I’m interested in the relationship between word meaning and syntactic structure, focusing in particular on argument realization phenomena and the functional structure of clauses. I use a variety of methodologies in my work, including computational modeling, corpus methods, and behavioral experiments with both children and adults. My CV can be found here.

I'm currently recruiting PhD students to start in fall 2018. If you're interested in studying linguistics at Rochester, send me an email so we can set up a time to chat.

How to find me

Email aaron.white@rochester.edu
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Office 511A Lattimore Hall

Selected publications

White, A. S., V. Hacquard, & J. Lidz. (2017). Semantic information and the syntax of propositional attitude verbs. In press at Cognitive Science.

Lidz, J., A. S. White, & R. Baier. (2017). The role of incremental parsing in syntactically conditioned word learning. Cognitive Psychology 97: 62-78.

White, A. S., K. Rawlins, & B. Van Durme. (2017). The Semantic Proto-Role Linking Model. Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pages 92–98, Valencia, Spain, April 3-7, 2017.

White, A. S. & K. Rawlins. (2016). A computational model of S-selection. In Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26, 641-663. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications. [data]

Upcoming presentations

White, A. S. & K. Rawlins. (2017). The role of veridicality and factivity in clause selection. To be presented at the 48th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, University of Iceland. October 27-29, 2017.

Hirzel, M., A. S. White, & J. Lidz. (2017). Biased distributions in dialogs do not shape verb learning. To be presented at the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston University. November 3-5, 2017.

White, A. S. (2017). Computational approaches to clause selection. Invited talk to be given at Selectionfest 2017. Humboldt University of Berlin and ZAS Berlin. Berlin, Germany. November 10-11, 2017.

White, A. S., P. Rastogi, K. Duh, & B. Van Durme. (2017). Inference is Everything: Recasting Semantic Resources into a Unified Evaluation Framework. To be presented at the 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing. Taipei, Taiwan, November 27-December 1, 2017.

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.