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About

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University. My other affiliations are with the Cornell Computational Linguistics Lab and the Cornell NLP group. I recieved my B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Columbia University.

Research

My research interests fall under the category of computational linguisitics. In particular, I am interested in the intersection of experimental, computational, and theoretical linguistics. My goal is to test theoretical claims in linguistics by gathering empirical data and attempting to model them.

My work spans computational syntax, corpus phonology, and experimental psycholinguistics. I have worked on computational syntax using a Tree-Adjoining Grammar. My first qualifying paper was concerned with the adult acquisition of non-native phonetic categories. More recently, I have been exploring questions of phonological representations using corpora and the linguisitic representations learned by neural networks. Code for aspects of my previous work can be found on Github.

Publications

Linguistically Rich Vector Representations of Supertags for TAG Parsing
Dan Friedman, Jungo Kasai, R Thomas McCoy, Robert Frank, Forrest Davis, Owen Rambow
Proceedings of the 13th International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammars and Related Formalisms, 122-131. 2017. [paper]

Presentations

Effects of lexical frequency and compositionality on phonological reduction in English compounds
Forrest Davis and Abigail C Cohn
25th Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing Conference (AMLaP 2019).
Moscow, Russia. September 6-8, 2019.
[abstract] [poster]

The pragmatics of single wh-in situ questions in English
Forrest Davis
93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2019).
New York, NY. January 3-6, 2019.
[poster]

Teaching

SPRING 2019
Teaching Assistant
LING 4424: Computational Linguistics
Professor: Natalie DelBusso

FALL 2018
Teaching Assistant
LING 1101: Introduction to Linguistics
Professor: Miloje Despic

Bonus Content

I am currently a senior editor for Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 29. Previously, I was on the organizing committee for NELS 49 and editor for SALT 28.

Outside of academics, I swam competively through college. I now lesiurely swim, as well as rock climb, hike, and cross country ski. I cohabitate with a cat named Figaro, who spends his time sleeping throughout our apartment, sitting on my keyboard, and meowing for food.