Allyson Ettinger

aetting (at) umd (dot) edu

Allyson

About

Current

I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park. I work on issues of meaning and representation in psycholinguistics and computational linguistics, conducting projects both in modeling of human language comprehension and in natural language processing (NLP). I am particularly interested in identifying and building upon areas in which the cognitive (human) and computational (engineering) sides of language research can fruitfully inform each other. I am primarily advised by Colin Phillips and Philip Resnik, in addition to collaborations with numerous faculty and students across the linguistics and computer science departments.

Past

I grew up in a small coastal town in the great state of Maine. I graduated from Brandeis University in 2010 with degrees in linguistics and psychology, after which I did a year of graduate-level work in Nanjing, China. I then spent two years conducting MEG research with Alec Marantz at the Neuroscience of Language Lab at NYU, before joining the community at the University of Maryland.

Research

Publications

Ettinger, A., Elgohary, A., Resnik, P. (2016). Probing for semantic evidence of composition by means of simple classification tasks. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP, ACL 2016. Recipient of Best Proposal Award.

Ettinger, A., Linzen, T. (2016). Evaluating vector space models using human semantic priming results. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP, ACL 2016.

Ettinger, A., Feldman, N.H., Resnik, P., Phillips, C. (2016). Modeling N400 amplitude using vector space models of word representation. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Ettinger, A., Resnik, P., Carpuat, M. (2016). Retrofitting sense-specific word vectors using parallel text. Proceedings of NAACL HLT 2016. Supplementary material

Rao, S., Ettinger, A., Daumé III, H., Resnik, P. (2015). Dialogue focus tracking for zero pronoun resolution. Proceedings of NAACL HLT 2015.

Ettinger, A., Linzen, T., Marantz, A. (2014). The role of morphology in phoneme prediction: Evidence from MEG. Brain and Language 129, 14-23.

Conference Presentations

Ettinger, A., Elgohary, A., Resnik, P. (2016). Probing for semantic evidence of composition by means of simple classification tasks. Talk presented at the First Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP, ACL 2016, Berlin, Germany.

Ettinger, A., Linzen, T. (2016). Evaluating vector space models using human semantic priming results. Poster presented at the First Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP, ACL 2016, Berlin, Germany.

Ettinger, A., Feldman, N.H., Resnik, P., Phillips, C. (2016). Modeling N400 amplitude using vector space models of word representation. Poster presented at Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Ettinger, A., Resnik, P., Carpuat, M. (2016). Retrofitting sense-specific word vectors using parallel text. Talk presented at NAACL HLT 2016, San Diego, CA.

Rao, S., Ettinger, A., Daumé III, H., Resnik, P. (2015). Dialogue focus tracking for zero pronoun resolution. Poster presented at NAACL HLT 2015, Denver, CO.

Ettinger, A. & Malamud, S. (2013). Mandarin utterance-final particle ba in the conversational scoreboard. Talk presented at Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, and 19th International Congress of Linguists, Geneva, Switzerland.

Ettinger, A., Linzen, T., Marantz, A. (2013). The role of morphological structure in phoneme prediction: evidence from MEG. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting and CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing.

Ettinger, A. & Malamud, S. (2012). Mandarin utterance-final particle ba and conversational goals. Talk presented at NYU Semantics Discussion Group Meeting, New York, NY.

Ettinger, A., Moua, M.Y., Stanford, J. (2010). Linguistic construction of gender and generations in Hmong-American communities. Talk presented at Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.



More about me

I'm the oldest of four children and a longtime soccer player. I fell in love with foreign languages at the age of fourteen, when I first had the opportunity to travel abroad. I enjoy theater and literature and most every kind of fruit, and I am adamantly opposed to cashews.

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*Photo credit: Todd Dickson