Richard Futrell

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Hi. I am a Ph.D. student in Cognitive Science at MIT. My advisor is Ted Gibson. I got a BA and MA in Linguistics from Stanford University, where my advisor was Dan Jurafsky. I'm interested in explaining linguistic universals and variation in terms of facilitating efficient and robust communication.

Papers

Richard Futrell, Laura K. Stearns, Daniel L. Everett, Steven T. Piantadosi and Edward Gibson. Under review. A corpus investigation of syntactic embedding in Pirahã.

Steven T. Piantadosi, Kyle Mahowald, Celeste Kidd, Richard Futrell, and Edward Gibson. Under review. Lexical prescriptivism reduces communicative efficiency.

Richard Futrell, Kyle Mahowald, and Edward Gibson. 2015. Large-scale evidence of dependency length minimization in 37 languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(33): 10336-10341. [some popular press]

Richard Futrell and Edward Gibson. 2015. Experiments with generative models for dependency tree linearization. In Proceedings of the 2015 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP).

Richard Futrell, Kyle Mahowald, and Edward Gibson. 2015. Quantifying word order freedom in dependency corpora. In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Dependency Linguistics (Depling 2015), pages 91–100.

Richard Futrell, Tina Hickey, Aldrin Lee, Eunice Lim, Elena Luchkina, and Edward Gibson. 2015. Cross-linguistic gestures reflect typological universals: A subject-initial, verb-final bias in speakers of diverse languages. Cognition 136: 215–221.

Stephanie Shih, Jason Grafmiller, Richard Futrell, and Joan Bresnan. 2015. Rhythm's role in the genitive construction choice in spoken English. In R. Vogel and R. van de Vijver (eds). Rhythm in Cognition and Grammar: A Germanic Perspective. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton. 207–234.

Theses

Processing Effects of the Expectation of Informativity. Master's thesis with Hannah Rohde and Dan Jurafsky.

German Grammatical Gender as a Nominal Protection Device. Senior thesis with Dan Jurafsky and Michael Ramscar.

Presentations

Richard Futrell, Kyle Mahowald, and Edward Gibson. 2014. CLIQS: Crosslinguistic Investigations in Quantitative Syntax. Poster presented at AMLaP 2014.

* Richard Futrell, Kyle Mahowald, Steve Piantadosi, and Edward Gibson. 2014. Efficient Communication Forwards and Backwards. Poster presented at CUNY 2014.

* Richard Futrell, Tina Hickey, Aldrin Lee, Eunice Lim, Elena Luchkina, and Edward Gibson. 2014. Cross-linguistic gestures reflect typological universals: A subject-initial, verb-final bias in speakers of diverse languages. Paper presented at CUNY 2014.

* Richard Futrell and Hannah Rohde. 2012. Expecting the unexpected: how discourse expectations can reverse predictability effects in reading time. Poster presented at CUNY 2012.

* Richard Futrell and Michael Ramscar. 2012. German grammatical gender contributes to communicative efficiency. Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland.

* Richard Futrell and Michael Ramscar. 2011. German grammatical gender manages nominal entropy. Poster presented at the Workshop on Information-Theoretic Approaches to Linguistics, July, University of Colorado, Boulder.

* Michael Ramscar and Richard Futrell. 2011. The predictive function of prenominal adjectives. Poster presented at the Workshop on Information-Theoretic Approaches to Linguistics, July, University of Colorado, Boulder.

* Stephanie Shih, Jason Grafmiller, Richard Futrell, and Joan Bresnan. 2009. Rhythm's role in the genitive construction choice in spoken English. 31st Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Sprachwissenschaft: Rhythm beyond the word. Osnabruck, Germany.

Laura Staum Casasanto, Richard Futrell, and Ivan A. Sag. 2009. Parallels between production and comprehension of multiple that: What's good for the goose... Poster presented at the 22nd Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing. March. UC Davis.

Laura Staum Casasanto, Richard Futrell, and Ivan A. Sag. 2008. Extra complementizers increase syntactic predictability. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing. Cambridge, UK.

(* = presented in person)

Manuscripts

Richard Futrell and Sam Bowman. 2012. Measuring Amok. Term paper for Stanford CS224U: Natural Language Understanding.

Richard Futrell. 2012. And the Context Shall Make You Free: Bleaching as Blocking in a Discrimination Learning Model of Grammaticalization in the Critical Context. Term paper for Elizabeth Traugott's class on Constructionalization.

Richard Futrell. 2010. Predicting Gaps: Exploring Distributional Explanations for the Accessibility Hierarchy. Term paper.