Jacob Collard

Cornell University

Department of Linguistics



I am a Ph.D. student in the Cornell University department of linguistics and a consultant at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. My main research interests are in computational models of computational semantics and undsupervised learning for syntax and semantics. In particular, I am interesting in realistic computational learning algorithms and finite-state representations of knowledge and meaning. My research involves the interface between syntax and semantics as well as the relationship between computer science, linguistics, and cognitive science.


I am currently working on an algorithm for unsupervised learning of syntax in various formalisms, including Combinatory Categorial Grammar, Relational Grammar, and Minimalism. This algorithm learns from strings and a small seed lexicon, making it highly unsupervised.

A future project, still in its beginning phases, is a finite-state knowledge model of dynamic semantics that can be integrated with a representation of possible worlds and used for applications such as natural language interfaces to games or knowledge sstems.


  • LING4424: Computational Linguistics (Spring 2017) (TA)
  • LING1100-103: The Death of Language (Fall 2016) (Instructor)


I currently volunteer as an editor for the proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory. I was Junior Editor in 2016 and will be Senior Editor in 2017. I am also a web editor for the Cornell Linguistics Circle.