R. Alexander Schumacher

alschumacher at gmail dot com

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I have conducted research in several areas of linguistics in two primary areas of interest. First, I am interested in language variation and change, and the cognitive factors that contribute to why and how languages change. My work uses both psychological and computational methods to understand the circumstances in which speakers change language. My second area focus on prepositions, again using psychological and computational methods in conjunction with theoretical analyses to understand the organization of the syntax and lexicon around prepositions. My languages of focus have been primarily Germanic as well as Welsh and Portuguese.

Although my primary area of expertise is language, I am broadly interested in modeling and data science. My language interests include ancient languages (Greek, Etruscan) as well as ancient history generally.

Education

Ph.D Linguistics, Northwestern University, 2017.

B.A Linguistics and Classical Languages, University of Iowa, 2011.

Dissertation

Schumacher (2017). Complex Lexical Entries in the Syntax and the Lexicon. PhD. Dissertation. Northwestern University.

Research Papers

Schumacher, R. A., and Pierrehumbert, J. (submitted to Cognition). Regularization of Expected versus Unexpected Systems.

Schumacher, R. A., and Yoshida, M. (submitted to Glossa). The Cross-Linguistic Distribution of Pseudopassives and Null Subjects.

Schumacher, R. A., and Pierrehumbert, J. (in preparation) Universality in Models of Language Learning.

Schumacher, R. A., and Pierrehumbert, J. (in preparation) Learners do not Regularize Inconsistent Processes.

Schumacher, R. A., and Yoshida, M. (in preparation). On the Structural Representation of Syntactic Prediction.

Schumacher, R. A., and Yoshida, M. (in preparation). Conditions on Pseudopassives and the Relationship Between Verbs and Prepositions.

Conference Presentations, Posters and Proceedings

Schumacher, R. A. and Pierrehumbert, J. (2014). Reconciling Inconsistency in Encoded Morphological Distinctions in an Artificial Language. Talk given at Midwest Speech and Language Day 2014.

Kirschner, A. and Schumacher, R. A. (2014). Divisions without Hierarchy: Four Dimensional Modeling of Sub-Meter. Talk given at MACRO 2014.

Schumacher, R. A. and Pierrehumbert, J. (2014). Reconciling Inconsistency in En-coded Morphological Distinctions in an Artificial Language. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Baumann, P., Hall, K., Kim, N., Schumacher, R. A and Yoshida, M. (2015). The processing of adjunct wh-questions. Poster presented at CUNY 2015.

Schumacher, R. A., and Yoshida, M. (2015) Syntactic Prediction as Anticipatory Structure Building. Poster presented at CUNY 2015.

Schumacher, R. A., and Yoshida, M. (2016) Syntactic Argument Prediction as Anticipatory Structure Building. Poster presented at AmLAP 2016.

Schumacher, R. A. and Pierrehumbert, J. (2017) Prior Expectations in Linguistic Learning: A Stochastic Model of Individual Differences. Talk given at the Annual Conference of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.