I am a cognitive-science linguist with a strong background in mathematics. My PhD degree is in General Linguistics (with a minor in Slavic Linguistics) and I earned it at the University of Vienna where I also did my postdoc and senior postdoc in Slavic Studies (linguistic orientation).
I investigate the structure and meaning of words, phrases and sentences from a theoretical, typological and cognitive perspective. My work is cross-linguistic and I have carried out research on: Belarusian, Bulgarian, Czech, English, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Ukrainian.
My projects have been supported by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Austrian National Bank (OeNB), Erste Bank (Die Erste) - Vienna, Mayor of Vienna, University of Vienna, European Science Foundation (ESF), SNS Pisa (Italy), Consejería de Educación y Ciencia, Junta de Andalucía (Spain), and private sponsors.
I lead a few international projects. You can learn more about my research activities here.
My most recent project is Language Modeling with N-Grams: The End-to-end N-Gram Model (EteNGraM). This paper introduces EteNGraM, a toy model for NLP. EteNGraM operates only with with bigrams and trigrams but appears more efficient than current syntactic models. If you are a linguist, you should try writing texts with n-grams, i.e. based solely on the frequency of occurrence of sequences of word forms, e.g. with the multilingual Google Books Ngram Viewer.
Since 2020, I have also been the main organizer of a series of workshops titled Dissecting Morphological Theory: Diminutivization. The workshops are held in conjunction with different international conferences. You can access the workshop-series website here.
Besides linguistics, I love math and coding. My favorite mathematician is Carl Friedrich Gauss and I have referred to his ideas for solving problems in morphology and syntax, see the linked papers: 1, 2, 3. I am also interested in algorithms, data structures, programming languages and complexity measuring (how to adapt the Big O notation for measuring the complexity of linguistic analyses, i.e. I believe that complexity in both computer science and linguistics is a property of analysis, and CF Gauss's work is, actually, the best illustration of this claim).
I have profiles on: Research Gate, Google Scholar and Academia.
The schedule of the workshop Dissecting morphological theory 2: Diminutivization in root-, stem- and word-based morphology (to be held online on 11-12 Dec. 2021) is now available, click here.
CogSci talk Deriving Language Structure with N-Grams: The End-to-end N-Gram Model - EteNGraM, PDF of the presentation here.
The workshop proposal Dissecting Morphological Theory 3: Diminutivization, Allomorphy and the Architecture of Grammar for the 20th International Morphology Meeting, Budapest, 1-4 Sept. 2022, has been accepted. Workshop's CFP here. Submission deadline: 15 January 2022.
Welcome to Beata Cséfalvayová who has joined my lab for a cogsci project on diminutivization in monolingual and bilingual speakers of Slovak (and Hungarian).
SLS zoom-talk, PDF of the presentation here (with D. Sitchinava).
Two-suffix combinations in native and non-native English: Novel evidence for morphomic structures (with G. Knell) in All things morphology: Its independence and its interfaces (Benjamins) is out.
Dissecting morphological theory 1: Diminutivization across languages and frameworks takes place online as part of SLE 2021.
SLE-workshop introduction, PDF of the handout here (with B. Arsenijevic, L. Grestenberger & K. Korecky-Kröll)
SLE-workshop talk, PDF of the presentation here (with D. Sichinava).
The manuscript of The linear order of elements in prominent linguistic sequences: Deriving Tns-Asp-Mood orders and Greenberg’s Universal 20 with n-grams is now on lingbuzz: https://lingbuzz.net/lingbuzz/006082.
2nd CFP Dissecting morphological theory 2: Diminutivization in root-, stem- and word-based morphology, workshop to be held in conjunction with the 46th Austrian Linguistics Conference / 46. Österreichische Linguistiktagung (ÖLT) in Vienna on 11-12 December 2021. Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2021.
SLE 2021 workshop Dissecting morphological theory 1: Diminutivization across languages and frameworks, schedule available link.
"Ordering restrictions between affixes" (15 K-word chapter) to appear in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Morphology, edited by Peter Ackema, Sabrina Bendjaballah, Eulàlia Bonet, and Antonio Fábregas. Full text here.
The dataset of suffix combinations in Spanish word-formation is now available, prepared in collaboration with my student María Silva and Miguel Lázaro (Complutense Madrid).