email: jkodner at-sign sas upenn edu
I am a PhD candidate (entered 2015) in the
and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics Language and Communication Sciences program advised by Charles Yang and Mitch Marcus. My primary research revolves around computational approaches to child language acquisition. In particular,
Algorithmic models of grammar learning How those processes drive
language variation and change What insights they provide for
My ongoing dissertation work, tentatively titled "Language Acquisition in the Past," focuses on the first two.
My other academic interests include (alphabetically): formal language theory, Indo-European historical linguistics, Latin language, general NLP, paleontology and cladistics, Roman history and culture, Shona language, Singlish/Singaporean English, software engineering, and writing systems.
I received a master's degree from the
in 2018. From 2013 through 2015, I was an Associate Scientist in the Speech, Language, and Multimedia group at Department of Computer and Information Science . I will intern with Amazon Alexa AI-Natural Language Understanding in summer 2020.
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Jordan Kodner. (2019). Estimating child linguistic experience from historical corpora. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 4(1), 122. ( article).
Jordan Kodner. ( to appear). Modeling Language Change in the St. Louis Corridor. Language Variation and Change. 32(1). ( manuscript).
Spencer Caplan, Jordan Kodner}, and Charles Yang. ( under revision). Miller's Monkey Updated: Communicative Efficiency and the Statistics of Words in Natural Language. ( manuscript).
Jordan Kodner. ( under review). A Learners' Perspective on the Rise of the English to-Dative. ( contact for manuscript).
Jordan Kodner. ( in prep). Investigating Acquisition in Unattested Dead Languages. ( contact for manuscript).
Commentaries and Reviews
Kathryn Schuler, Jordan Kodner, and Spencer Caplan. ( to appear). Abstractions are good for brains and machines: A commentary on Ambridge (2020). First Language.
Note: Proceedings published in the ACL conference and workshop anthologies (ACL, EMNLP, ComputEL, LREC, SCiL) are refereed and archival.
Justin Mott, Ann Bies, Stephanie Strassel, Jordan Kodner, Caitlin Richter, Hongzhi Xu, & Mitchell Marcus. ( to appear). Morphological Segmentation for Low Resource Languages. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. 12.
Sun Jae Lee & Jordan Kodner. ( to appear). Acquiring the Korean Causatives. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Chicago Linguistics Society Conference. 54.
Jordan Kodner & Caitlin Richter. (2020). Transparent /aɪ/-Raising as a Contact Phenomenon. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics: Selected Papers from NWAV. 25(2).
Shyam Upadhyay, Jordan Kodner & Dan Roth. (2018). Bootstrapping Transliteration with Guided Discovery for Low-Resource Languages. Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. 23(1):501-511.
Spencer Caplan &
Jordan Kodner. (2018). The Acquisition of Vowel Harmony from Simple Local Statistics. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. 40(1):1442-1447.
Jordan Kodner & Christopher M Cerezo Falco. (2018). A Framework for Representing Language Acquisition in a Population Setting. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. 56(1):1149-1159.
Jordan Kodner. (2018). Modeling Representational Constraints in Word Segmentation. Proceedings of the 42nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. 42(1):391-399.
Jordan Kodner. (2018). Syntactic Category Learning as Iterative Prototype-Driven Clustering. Proceedings for the Society for Computation in Linguistics. 1(1):44-54.
Jordan Kodner, Spencer Caplan, Hongzhi Xu, Mitch Marcus & Charles Yang. (2017). Case Studies in the Automatic Characterization of Grammars from Small Wordlists. Proceedings for the 2nd Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages. 2(1):88-96.
Contact for 2016-2019 DARPA LORELEI presentation materials 2020
Jordan Kodner. "Language Acquisition Guiding Theory and Diachrony: A Case Study from Latin Morphology." GLOW 43, Berlin.
Jordan Kodner. "Acquiring the Latin Past Participles: Synchronic and Diachronic Implications." LSA 2020, New Orleans ( slides) and TLS 2020, Austin, TX.
invited). "Language Change as Learners' Response to 'Monolingual' Variation." National University of Singapore.
Jordan Kodner. "Productivity Learning Driving Analogical Change in Proto-Germanic." East Coast Indo-European Conference XXXVIII, Philadelphia. ( slides)
Sun Jae Lee &
Jordan Kodner. "Acquiring the Korean Causatives." AIMM 4, Stony Brook, NY and CLS55, Chicago. ( slides)
Jordan Kodner, Mitchell Marcus, & Charles Yang. "Unsupervised Learning of Language Morphology by Exploring Language Typology" AIMM 4, Stony Brook, NY.
Jordan Kodner & Caitlin Richter}. "Emergence of Partial /aɪ/-Raising through Child Language Acquisition
in a Mixed Input Setting." LSA 2019, New York. ( poster)
Jordan Kodner. "Investigating Acquisition in Unattested Dead Languages." LSA 2019, New York. ( slides)
invited). "A Learners' Perspective on the History of the English Dative Constructions." University of Mannheim and University of Konstanz ( slides)
Jordan Kodner & Dan Roth. "Bootstrapping Transliteration with Guided Discovery for Low-Resource Languages." EMNLP 2018, Brussels. ( poster)
Jordan Kodner & Caitlin Richter. "Partial /aɪ/-Raising as a Contact Phenomenon." NWAV 47, New York. ( slides)
Spencer Caplan &
Jordan Kodner. "The Acquisition of Vowel Harmony from Simple Local Statistics." CogSci 2018, Madison, WI. ( poster)
Jordan Kodner & Christopher M Cerezo Falco. "A Framework for Representing Language Acquisition in a Population Setting." ACL 2018, Melbourne. ( slides)
Jordan Kodner. "Analogical Change as Rule Learning Gone Wrong: The Lengthened * ē-Grade in Proto-Germanic Strong Verbs." Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable, Berkeley, CA and GLAC 24, State College, PA. ( slides)
Jordan Kodner. "Part-of-Speech Learning as Iterative Prototype-Driven Clustering." SCiL 2018, Salt Lake City. ( slides)
Jordan Kodner. "Modeling Population Structure and Language Change in the St. Louis Corridor." NWAV 46, Madison, WI. ( slides)
Jordan Kodner. "Modeling Representational Constraints in Word Segmentation." BUCLD 42, Boston. ( poster)
Jordan Kodner & Charles Yang. "The Acquisition and Actuation of the English Dative Constructions." LAGB 2017, Kent, UK.
Jordan Kodner & Christopher M. Cerezo Falco. "Principled assessment of population structure in models of language change." DiGS 2017, Stellenbosch, WC, South Africa. ( slides)
Jordan Kodner. "A Learners’ Perspective on the Rise of the English Dative Alternation." DiGS 2017, Stellenbosch, WC, South Africa. ( slides)
Spencer Caplan &
Jordan Kodner. "Vowel Harmony as a Distributional Learning Problem." CogSci 2017, London. ( poster)
Jordan Kodner. "The Importance of Population Structure in Models of Language Change." FWAV 4, York, UK. ( slides| source code)
Jordan Kodner. "Shona Subjects are Subjects." ACAL48, Bloomington, IN, and
PLC41, Philadelphia. ( poster)
Jordan Kodner, Spencer Caplan, Hongzhi Xu, Mitch Marcus, & Charles Yang. "Case Studies in the Automatic Characterization of Grammars from Small Wordlists." ComputEL-2, Honolulu. ( source code| poster)
Jordan Kodner & Spencer Caplan.} "A Computational Model of Vowel Harmony Acquisition." NECPhon10, Amherst, MA. ( slides)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship 2016-2017
DARPA LORELEI (summers; PI: Mitch Marcus) 2015-2017 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship
2017 LING 230
Sound Structure of Language (instructor: Rolf Noyer) 2016 LING 001 Introduction to Linguistics (instructor: Mark Liberman)
2012-2013 CIS 110
Introduction to Computer Programming (instructor: Benedict Brown) Volunteering
2016- 5/7/8/11th grade tutor (
West Philadelphia Tutoring Project) 2018-2019 Coding volunteer section head TA at Hamilton Middle School (
Moelis Access Science) 2016-2018 Coding volunteer TA at Comegys Middle School (
Moelis Access Science) 2014-2015 Middle school tutor at
Cambridge Housing Authority ( Tutoring Plus) Mentoring
In summer 2017, I advised computer and cognitive science undergraduate
Deniz Beser on his project "Part of Speech Tagging for Low-Resource Languages." He won first place in the CIS department's Undergraduate Summer UnPoster Competition.
Beginning in fall 2017 I worked with computer and cognitive science undergraduate
Sun Jae Jasmine Lee on a project seeking to relate observed causitive errors in Korean chiid speech to their linguistic input via the Tolerance Principle. She presented the project at CLS55 in May 2019.
ECIEC XXXVIII Session chair 2019
PLC43 Reviewer and volunteer 2017-2018
Penn Working Papers in Linguistics (PWPL) Co-Editor Selected Papers from NWAV 46 2016-2017
PLC41 Finance Committee Chairperson and Postermaker 2016,2017 Prospective Student Liaison
PLC40 Finance Committee Member and Postermaker 2015-
Penn Working Papers in Linguistics (PWPL) Article Editor CIS
Computational Linguistics and Lunch (CLunch) Organizer 2016
Places I've been in...
Canada, Singapore, USA, World.
one other person who shares my name. He is a photojournalist.