I am pursuing my Ph.D at the Linguistics department in Cornell University with a minor in Cognitive Science. I am affiliated with the Computational Linguistics lab and the Brain & Language lab.

I received my A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and graduated with a major in Linguistics (Hons) and minors in Computer Science and Chinese. My name is pronounced /ʃoʊhiniː bhɔʈʈoʃaliː/.


My research interests are in the field of computational linguistics. I am interested in how we perceive and understand natural language phenomenon using computational models and this can be investigated in various ways such as through corpus studies; through fMRI studies; through language acquisition studies among many other approaches.

Current Projects:

Acquiring Multiple Language SPOC

This online edX module is designed towards a better understanding about bilingualism and challenges, myths, and benefits associated with it as seen through various language acquisition and developmental psychology studies.

Finite state approach to prosody

I have been working on a research project to train a finite state model to detect prosodic cues in a speech corpus. I am specifically interested in detecting stress cues in Bengali and finding empirical evidence for current theoretical views about Bengali prosody.

Processing Multiword Expressions

This project looks into how our brain processes MWEs in English and French using data from a fMRI experiment. Through speech comprehension data via neuroimaging, we are investigating how this links to current linguistic theories comparing compositional meaning to frozen meaning.


Dissociating Memory Retrieval and Syntactic Composition: A fMRI study of Naturalistic Language Comprehension
Shohini Bhattasali, Murielle Fabre, Wen-Ming Luh, Hazem Al Saied, Mathieu Constant, Christophe Pallier, Jonathan Brennan, R. Nathan Spreng, John Hale
Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (in revision)

Differentiating Phrase Structure Parsing and Memory Retrieval in the Brain
Shohini Bhattasali, John Hale, Christophe Pallier, Jonathan R. Brennan, Wen-Ming Luh, R. Nathan Spreng.
Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL 2018)
Salt Lake City, UT. January 4-7, 2018.
[paper] [poster]

Computational Approach to Bengali Stress
Shohini Bhattasali
Cornell Working Papers in Phonetics and Phonology 2016 (CWP3)
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 2016.

Automatic Identification of Rhetorical Questions
Shohini Bhattasali, Jeremy Cytryn, Elana Feldman and Joonsuk Park.
Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2015).
Beijing, China. July 26-31, 2015.
[paper] [poster]


Mapping Memory Retrieval and Structure in the Brain
Shohini Bhattasali, Murielle Fabre, John Hale, Hazem Alsaied, Mathieu Constant
31st Annual CUNY Sentence Processing Conference (CUNY 2018)
UC Davis, CA. March 15-17, 2018.

Localizing Structure-building and Memory Retrieval in Naturalistic Language Comprehension
John Hale, Shohini Bhattasali, Jonathan Brennan, Jixing Li, Wen-Ming Luh, Christophe Pallier, R. Nathan Spreng.
9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL 2017)
Baltimore, MD. November 8-10, 2017.

Neuroimaging the language network with a parsing algorithm
John Hale, Jonathan Brennan, Shohini Bhattasali, Wen-Ming Luh, Christophe Pallier.
Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS 2017)
Providence, RI. June 14-16, 2017.

Am I Stressed? Computational Approach to Bengali stress
Shohini Bhattasali.
91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2017).
Austin, TX. January 5-8, 2017.

Processing Ambiguity in Bengali Correlatives
Shohini Bhattasali.
Workshop on Relative Clauses: Relatives in East Asia and Beyond.
Cornell University. November 14-15, 2015.


Sense & Reference: Introduction to Semantics
Shohini Bhattasali
Guest lecture, LING 3303: Introduction to Syntax and Semantics
Cornell University. October 30, 2017.

Localization of composition and memory in natural language using fMRI data
Shohini Bhattasali.
Cognitive Science Grad Student Info Blitz
Cornell University. May 11, 2017.

Processing MWEs: A Neurolinguistic Approach
Shohini Bhattasali.
3rd Year Research Workshop.
Cornell University. May 4, 2017.

Finite-state Approach to Bengali Stress
Shohini Bhattasali.
2nd Year Research Workshop.
Cornell University. May 18, 2016.


Apart from teaching foundational linguistics courses, I have developed and been the sole instructor for writing seminars and have also taught introductory-level intensive language courses.

Teaching Assistant
LING 4424: Computational Linguistics
Professor: Mats Rooth
Cornell University

FALL 2017
Teaching Assistant
LING 3303: Introduction to Syntax and Semantics
Professor: Miloje Despic
Cornell University

Teaching Assistant
HINDI 1102: Elementary Hindi
Professor: Sujata Singh
Cornell University

FALL 2016
Teaching Assistant
HINDI 1101: Elementary Hindi
Professor: Sujata Singh
Cornell University

Instructor, First-Year Writing Seminar
LING 1101: Translation & Writing
Cornell University

FALL 2015
Instructor, First-Year Writing Seminar
LING 1101: Translation & Writing
Cornell University

FALL 2013
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
LING 325: Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Professor: Deepak Kumar
Bryn Mawr College