Aaron Steven White

What I do

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester, with secondary appointments in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and an affiliation with the Goergen Institute for Data Science. I’m also Director of the FACTS.lab at UR, and I co-lead the MegaAttitude Project and the Decompositional Semantic Initiative.

I will be accepting up to three PhD students in Linguistics and/or Computer Science to start Fall 2020.


Oct. 26, 2019
We released the MegaOrientation v1.0 dataset.

Oct. 22, 2019
We released the spec for the first omnibus decompositional semantic parser, along with associated metrics and a leaderboard.

Oct. 15, 2019
We released the MegaNegRaising v1.0 and MegaAcceptability v2.0 datasets.

Oct. 1, 2019
I did an interview about the Decompositional Semantic Initiative on NLP Highlights.

Sep. 30, 2019
We released the Universal Decompositional Semantics dataset v1.0 (UDS1.0) and the Decomp toolkit v0.1.

How to find me

Email aaron.white@rochester.edu
Github aaronstevenwhite
Twitter aaronsteven
Office 511A Lattimore Hall

Recent papers

An, H.Y. & A.S. White. 2020. The lexical and grammatical sources of neg-raising inferences. To appear in Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics 3.

Stengel-Eskin, E. A.S. White, S. Zhang, & B. Van Durme. 2019. Transductive Parsing for Universal Decompositional Semantics. arXiv:1910.10138 [cs.CL] [cs.CL].

White, A.S., E. Stengel-Eskin, S. Vashishtha, V. Govindarajan, D. Reisinger, T. Vieira, K. Sakaguchi, S. Zhang, F. Ferraro, R. Rudinger, K. Rawlins, & B. Van Durme. 2019. The Universal Decompositional Semantics Dataset and Decomp Toolkit. arXiv:1909.13851 [cs.CL].

White, A.S. 2019. Lexically triggered veridicality inferences. To appear in Handbook of Pragmatics. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

White, A.S. & K. Rawlins. 2019. Frequency, acceptability, and selection: A case study of clause-embedding. Under revision for Glossa.

White, A.S. 2019. Nothing’s wrong with believing (or hoping) whether. Under revision for Semantics and Pragmatics.

Recent and upcoming presentations

Govindarajan, V.S., B. Van Durme, & A.S. White. 2020. Decomposing Generalization: Models of Generic, Habitual, and Episodic Statements. To be presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2020), Seattle, WA, July 5-10, 2019.

An, H.Y. & A.S. White. 2020. The lexical and grammatical sources of neg-raising inferences. To be presented at the Annual Meeting of Society for Computation in Linguistics, New Orleans, LA, January 2-5, 2020.

White, A.S. 2019. Universal Decompositional Semantics. Colloquium talk, Center for Language and Speech Processing, Johns Hopkins University, December 6, 2019.

Rawlins, K. & A.S. White. 2019. Veridicality, factivity, and embedded clauses at the scale of the lexicon. To be presented at the Workshop on Clausal Complements and Sentence-Embedding Predicates, NYU, November 1, 2019.

Moon, E. & A.S. White. 2019. The source of nonfinite temporal interpretation. To be presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Linguistic Society (NELS 50), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 24-27, 2019.

Where I’ve been

Before joining the University of Rochester, 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 from 2015 to 2017. While at Hopkins, I worked on the Decompositional Semantics Initiative, led by Ben Van Durme and Kyle Rawlins, and I led the MegaAttitude Project with Kyle Rawlins.

I received 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. Before that, 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.