Assistant professor, Stony Brook Linguistics
- Phonology, the lexicon, and the connections between them
- Modeling variable and categorical effects in the lexicon
- Acquisition of grammatical trends by humans and machines
- Check out the sublexical learner!
Recentish journal publications
- (to appear) Michael Becker, Lauren Eby Clemens, and Andrew Nevins. Generalization of French and Portuguese Plural Alternations and Initial Syllable Protection. NLLT.
- Michael Becker and Maria Gouskova (2016) Source-oriented generalizations as grammar inference in Russian vowel deletion. Linguistic Inquiry 47:3, pp. 391–425.
- Maria Gouskova and Michael Becker (2013) Nonce words show that Russian yer alternations are governed by the grammar. NLLT 31:3, pp. 735–765.
- Michael Becker, Andrew Nevins, and Jonathan Levine (2012) Asymmetries in generalizing alternations to and from initial syllables. Language 88:2, pp. 231–268.
- Michael Becker and Anne-Michelle Tessier (2011) Trajectories of faithfulness in child-specific phonology. Phonology 28:2, pp. 163–196.
- Michael Becker, Nihan Ketrez, and Andrew Nevins (2011) The surfeit of the stimulus: Analytic biases filter lexical statistics in Turkish laryngeal alternations. Language 87:1, pp. 84–125.
- (Under revision for Phonology) Blake Allen (UBC) and Michael Becker Learning alternations from surface forms with sublexical phonology. lingbuzz/002503.
- October 21-23, 2016: "Inconspicuous unfaithfulness in Slovenian", Annual Meeting on Phonology, USC. With Peter Jurgec, University of Toronto.
- January 5-8, 2017: "Affix-specificity makes stress learnable", 91st meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Austin, TX.