John Hale

Assistant Professor

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
and affiliated with the Cognitive Science Program here at MSU
Director, MSU Computational Linguistics Lab
Office telephone: (517)355-4765
Office: A-621 Wells Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan 48824, USA
Office hours 2007: Thursdays, 2-4pm.


Research Interests

My research is in the area of computational linguistics which is part of the larger interdisciplinary enterprise of cognitive science. The goal of cognitive science is to understand the mind as a kind of computing machine. Accordingly, the goals of my research program in computational linguistics are explanations of the mind's unique language-using abilities in terms of particular algorithms, data structures and computer architectures. To arrive at these explanations, I rely on the formal methods of logic and probability, as well as the empirical findings of linguistics and psycholinguistics.

My interest in computational linguistics and cognitive science generally derives from a philosophical interest in timeless questions like ``what is mind?'' and ``what is it to know language?'' that were dramatically re-posed at the dawn of cognitive science in the 1950s. However, some aspects of my research may suggest practical benefits to society in the present through natural language-using computer systems.

Recent papers



Spring 2008 Statistics and Linguistic Applications
Cognitive Science Seminar
Fall 2007 Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Spring 2007 Introduction to Cognitive Science
Computational Psycholinguistics
Spring 2006
Nature and Practice of Cognitive Science
Statistics and Linguistic Applications
Fall 2005 Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Spring 2005 Computational Psycholinguistics
Fall 2004 Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Spring 2004
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Fall 2003 Introduction to Linguistic Theory

John T. Hale