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New faculty join SB Linguistics: Tatiana Luchkina, Owen Rambow, Jordan Kodner

Jordan Kodner joins the department in Fall 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics. Jordan's research takes a computational approach to language acquisition, acquisition's impact on language variation and change, and its relationship to low-resource natural language processing, with an interest in how small, variable, and unreliable input affect the morphological, syntactic, and phonological learning. His acquisition work has touched on several aeras and varieties of English, and on Latin, Spanish, and Korean, among others, and his work in low-resource NLP aims to include a wide range of world languages, both well-studied and underserved. He received his MSE in Computer and Information Science and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tatiana Luchkina joins the department in Fall 2020 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Phonology and TESOL. Tatiana's research investigates various aspects of prosodic expression in read and conversational speech, how it interacts with other properties of discourse, such as word order and information status, and how it affects comprehension and subsequent information recall. She is also interested in how prosodic patterns vary cross-linguistically and among speakers of the same language. Her other interests are in the areas of second language acquisition and TESOL, proficiency assessment, and multilingual development. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Owen Rambow is going to join the department in Spring 2021 as a Professor of Computational Linguistics. Owen's research focuses on natural language processing and computational linguistics. Specific interests include both the “nuts and bolts” of language, such as morphology and syntax, and how language is actually used in context. Owen received a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has worked at AT&T Labs — Research, 15 years at Columbia University as a research scientist, and three years at Elemental Cognition LLC, a startup aiming to develop software for deep language understanding. At Columbia, he was part of the Center for Computational Learning Systems. He was co-founder of CADIM, a research group on Arabic natural language processing (NLP), which is licensing state-of-the-art robust NLP tools. His group also released several resources, including a richly annotated version of the Enron email corpus. Owen has published extensively in top conferences and journals. He has served as the Chair of the American chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, as program co-chair of the NAACL HLT 2016 conference, and he has served as program committee chair or senior program committee member for many conferences and workshops.