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 with Ben Van Durme and Kyle Rawlins.

I will be accepting up to three PhD students in Linguistics and/or Computer Science to start Fall 2020. Contact me to set up a time to chat about the positions.

How to find me

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

Recent papers

White, A.S. 2019. Lexically triggered veridicality inferences. Under review at 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.

Govindarajan, V.S., B. Van Durme, & A.S. White. 2019. Decomposing Generalization: Models of Generic, Habitual, and Episodic Statements. To appear in Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Vashishtha, S., B. Van Durme, & A.S. White. 2019. Fine-Grained Temporal Relation Extraction. In Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2019), Florence, Italy, July 29-31, 2019.

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.

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.

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

Vashishtha, S., B. Van Durme, & A.S. White. 2019. Fine-Grained Temporal Relation Extraction. Talk given at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2019), Florence, Italy, July 29-31, 2019.

Yan, S. & A.S. White. 2019. A Framework for Decoding Event-Related Potentials from Text. Poster presented at the 9th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL 2019), Minneapolis, MN, June 7, 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 JHU Decompositional Semantics Initiative (Decomp), 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.