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John Hale

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Arch Professor in World Languages and Cultures

On Leave during Academic Year 2024-2025


PhD (Cognitive Science) Johns Hopkins University 2003

ScB (Cognitive Science) Brown University 1998

Specific Research Areas:

Computational linguistics, Cognitive science

Selected Publications:

Modeling Structure-Building in the Brain With CCG Parsing and Large Language Models. With Miloš Stanojević, Jonathan R. Brennan, Donald Dunagan and Mark Steedman. Cognitive Science 2023. Read about this work in Project Showcase.

Quantifying Discourse Support for Omitted Pronouns. With Shulin Zhang and Jixing Li. Proceedings of CRAC Workshop at COLING2022.

Long-distance linguistic dependencies in Chinese and English brains. With Donald Dunagan, Miloš Stanojević, Maximin Coavoux, Shulin Zhang, Shohini Bhattasali, Jixing Li and Jonathan Brennan. Neurobiology of Language 2023. Read the News Item about this work.

Neural correlates of semantic number: A cross-linguistic investigation. With Donald Dunagan, Shulin Zhang, Jixing Li, Shohini Bhattasali, Christophe Pallier, John Whitman and Yiming Yang. Brain and Language 2022.

Decoding the silence: Neural bases of zero pronoun resolution in Chinese. With Shulin Zhang, Jixing Li and Yiming Yang. Brain and Language 2022.

Le Petit Prince multilingual naturalistic fMRI corpus. With Jixing Li, Shohini Bhattasali, Berta Franzluebbers, Wen-Ming Luh, R. Nathan Spreng, Jonathan R. Brennan, Yiming Yang and Christophe Pallier. Scientific Data 2022.

Neurocomputational Models of Language Processing. With Luca Campanelli, Jixing Li, Shohini Bhattasali, Christophe Pallier and Jonathan R. Brennan. Annual Review of Lingustics. volume 8 pages 427--446. 2022. 

Quantifying Structural and Non-structural Expectations in Relative Clause Processing. With Zhong Chen. Cognitive Science 2021.

Modeling Incremental Language Comprehension in the Brain with Combinatory Categorial Grammar. With Miloš Stanojević, Shohini Bhattasali, Donald Dunagan, Luca Campanelli, Mark Steedman and Jonathan Brennan. CMCL Workshop 2021.

The Alice Datasets: fMRI & EEG Observations of Natural Language Comprehension. With Shohini Bhattasali, Jonathan Brennan, Wen-Ming Luh, Berta Franzluebbers. LREC 2020.

Text Genre and Training Data Size in Human-like Parsing. With Adhiguna Kuncoro, Keith Hall, Chris Dyer & Jonathan Brennan. Proceedings of EMNLP 2019. poster.

Finding Syntax in Human Encephalography with Beam Search. With Chris Dyer, Adhiguna Kuncoro and Jonathan R. Brennan.  Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Note: received Best Paper award.

Localising Memory Retrieval and Syntactic Composition: an fMRI study of naturalistic language comprehension. With Shohini Bhattasali, Murielle Fabre, Wen-Ming Luh, Hazem Al Saied, Mathieu Constant, Christophe Pallier, Jonathan R. Brennan and R. Nathan Spreng. Language, Cognition & Neuroscience 2018



Articles Featuring John Hale

Linguistics PhD student Donald Dunagan has been comparing brain activity in speakers of English and Chinese.

Keith Langston, Professor of Linguistics, was recently awarded a three-year, $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study endangered languages on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia and the Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea.

PhD student Shulin Zhang is the co-author (with John Hale, Jixing Li, and Yiming Yang) of an article "Decoding the silence: Neural bases of zero pronoun resolution in…

Dr. John Hale presented a poster on "Text Genre & Training Data Size in Human-Like Parsing" along with Adhiguna Kuncoro (DeepMind & Oxford), Keith B.

Collections of speech and text, known as corpora, have long played a key role in linguistics. Now with the help of a Learning Technologies Grant [from UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning], UGA linguists have access to an…

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