Leon Bergen

bergen at mit dot edu

Research interests

I recently defended my dissertation. I was a graduate student in Tedlab in MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, where I was also affiliated with Cocosci. I will be joining the Computation and Cognition Lab at Stanford as a postdoc in June 2016. I study language using computational modeling and experimental methods.

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Papers


L. Bergen, R. Levy, and N. Goodman. In Press. Pragmatic reasoning through semantic inference. Semantics and Pragmatics.

L. Bergen, E. Gibson, and T. O'Donnell. A learnability analysis of argument and modifier structure. Under revision.

E. Gibson, C. Sandberg, E. Fedorenko, L. Bergen, and S. Kiran. 2015. A rational inference approach to aphasic language comprehension. Aphasiology.

L. Bergen and N. Goodman. 2015. The strategic use of noise in pragmatic reasoning. Topics in Cognitive Science.

J. Kao, J. Wu, L. Bergen, and N. Goodman. 2014. Nonliteral understanding of number words. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

R. Levy, L. Bergen, and N. Goodman. 2014. 'Roses and flowers': An informativeness implicature in probabilistic semantics. Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 24.

L. Bergen and N. Goodman. 2014. The strategic use of noise in pragmatic reasoning. Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Winner of the 2014 Cognitive Science Society computational modeling prize for language.

J. Kao, L. Bergen, and N. Goodman. 2014. Formalizing the pragmatics of metaphor understanding. Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

L. Bergen, E. Gibson, and T. O'Donnell. 2013. Arguments and modifiers from the learner's perspective. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. (See above for an extended version of this paper.)

E. Gibson, L. Bergen, and S. Piantadosi. 2013. Rational integration of noisy evidence and prior semantic expectations in sentence interpretation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

E. Gibson, S. Piantadosi, K. Brink, L. Bergen, E. Lim, and R. Saxe. 2013. A Noisy-Channel Account of Crosslinguistic Word-Order Variation. Psychological Science.

L. Bergen, N. Goodman, and R. Levy. 2012. That's what she (could have) said: How alternative utterances affect language use. Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

L. Bergen, R. Levy, and E. Gibson. 2012. Verb omission errors: Evidence of rational processing of noisy language inputs. Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

L. Bergen and D. Grodner. 2012. Speaker Knowledge Influences the Comprehension of Pragmatic Inferences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.