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. A richer model is not always more accurate: the case of French and Portuguese plurals. NLLT.
- (to appear) Michael Becker and Maria Gouskova (NYU) Source-oriented generalizations as grammar inference in Russian vowel deletion. Linguistic Inquiry 47:3.
- 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.
- 13-15 May, 2016: I will talk about the important topic of TBA at FASL, Cornell University.
- December 10, 2015: I presented "Acquiring and learning the irregular plural in Brazilian Portuguese" at Tel Aviv University department of linguistics. With Andrew Nevins (UCL), Filomena Sandalo & Érick Rizzato (UNICAMP). [handout]
- October 1-3, 2015: I presented "The acquisition path of plurals in Brazilian Portuguese" at Romance Turn VII (Venice). With Andrew Nevins (UCL), Filomena Sandalo & Érick Rizzato (UNICAMP).
- May 28-30, 2015: I presented "Fewer grammars, more coverage for the English past tense" at MFM 23. With Blake Allen (UBC). [poster]
- May 27, 2015: I presented "MaxEnt as a baseline theory of grammar" the MFM Fringe Meeting. [handout]
- March 6, 2015: I talked at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland about "Learning grammars instead of representations". Joint work with Maria Gouskova (NYU) and Blake Allen (UBC).
- January 8-11, 2015: I presented "Learning irregular alternations from surface forms using sublexical phonology" at the 89th meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, OR. With Blake Allen (UBC).