Ah, the humble space. Sure, it can’t be used in passwords or PINs, DOS-era filenames or decaying Roman inscriptions, crosswords or keyboards with sticky space bars (sorry, ran out of alliterative space-free things). In writing, though, the space is indispensable. In its honor, I’ve retroactively dedicated my previous post as part of a series to answer the question of what is one word and what is two. If you’ve got a question of spaces, let me know and I’ll toss it onto the heap.
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I'm Gabe Doyle, currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Language and Cognition Lab at Stanford University. Before that, I got a doctorate in linguistics from UC San Diego and a bachelor's in math from Princeton.
In my research, I look at how humans manage one of their greatest learning achievements: the acquisition of language. I build computational models of how people can learn language with cognitively-general processes and as few presuppositions as possible. Currently, I'm working on models for acquiring phonology and other constraint-based aspects of cognition.
I also examine how we can use large electronic resources, such as Twitter, to learn about how we speak to each other. Some of my recent work uses Twitter to map dialect regions in the United States.
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