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Marten van Schijndel

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

 Marten van Schijndel

Academic focus:

I use psycholinguistic methods and computational modeling to study how humans and neural networks learn, process, and adapt to new language.

Current research project:

I am studying how neural networks process temporarily ambiguous sentences (“Even though the woman phoned the lawyer was upset”) and using those findings to inform theories of how humans process those kinds of ambiguities.

Previous positions:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2017-2019

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Ohio State University, 2017
  • B.A., Linguistics, Western Washington University, 2009

Last book read:

"Milkman" by Anna Burns

In your own time/when not working:

Hanging out with my family, gardening, board gaming

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Computational linguistics

What most excites you about Cornell:

The great student and faculty collaborators and the location

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