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 also Director of the FACTS.lab at UR, and I co-lead the MegaAttitude Project with Kyle Rawlins and the Decompositional Semantic Initiative with Ben Van Durme and Kyle Rawlins.

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.

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. (2018). Semantic information and the syntax of propositional attitude verbs. Cognitive Science 42:2, pp. 416-456.

Lidz, J., A. S. White, & R. Baier. (2017). The role of incremental parsing in syntactically conditioned word learning. Cognitive Psychology 97, pp. 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, pp. 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, pp. 641-663. Ithaca, NY: CLC Publications. [data]

Recent and upcoming presentations

White, A. S.. (2018). Linking distribution and inference. Colloquium talk to be given at Stanford University, October 12, 2018.

White, A. S. & K. Rawlins. (2018). The typology of veridicality inferences. Talk to be given at the 49th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Cornell University, October 5-7, 2018.

Rudinger, R., A. S. White, & B. Van Durme. (2018). Neural Models of Factuality. Talk given at the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, New Orleans, LA, June 1 – June 6, 2018.

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.