Kyle Rawlins

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies, Colloquium Planning Co-Chair; Grad Travel Chair

Krieger 149 | Krieger 105 (lab)
By appointment
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Areas of interest: Formal semantics, pragmatics, syntax, and the interfaces of these fields, mathematical linguistics, philosophy of language (mainly philosophical semantics), computational semantics.

Particular topics of interest: questions/interrogatives, question-answer discourse, dynamics, conditionals and modification, regular polysemy, argument structure, large-scale experimental linguistics / crowdsourcing, computational models of the lexicon, compositionality, implementation in formal semantics.

  • AS.050.107 Language and Advertising
  • AS.050.317/050.617 Semantics I
  • AS.050.322/050.622 Semantics II
  • AS.050.370/050.670 Mathematical Models of Language
  • AS.050.321/050.621 Syntax II
  • AS.050.817 Research Seminar in Semantics
  • EN.600.625 Event semantics in theory and practice (co-taught with Benjamin Van Durme)

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AS White, K Rawlins, B Van Durme
The Semantic Proto-Role Linking Model
EACL 2017, 92, 2017

L Rissman, K Rawlins
Ingredients of Instrumental Meaning
Journal of Semantics, 2017

J Bledin, K Rawlins
Epistemic resistance moves
Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26, 620-640, 2016

AS White, K Rawlins
A computational model of S-selection
Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26, 641-663, 2016

AS White, D Reisinger, R Rudinger, K Rawlins, B Van Durme
Computational linking theory
arXiv preprint arXiv:1610.02544, 2016

E Atkinson, A Apple, K Rawlins, A Omaki
Similarity of wh-Phrases and Acceptability Variation in wh-Islands
Frontiers in psychology 6, 2048, 2016

M Biezma, K Rawlins
Or what?: Challenging the speaker
Proceedings of NELS 46, 93-106, 2016

M Biezma, K Rawlins
Alternative questions
Language and Linguistics Compass 9 (11), 450-468, 2015

L Rissman, K Rawlins, B Landau
Using instruments to understand argument structure: Evidence for gradient representation
Cognition 142, 266-290, 2015

K Rawlins
Italian negation in ‘Mica’questions and assertions

D Reisinger, R Rudinger, F Ferraro, C Harman, K Rawlins, B Van Durme
Semantic proto-roles
Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics 3, 475-488, 2015

M Miozzo, K Rawlins, B Rapp
How verbs and non-verbal categories navigate the syntax/semantics interface: Insights from cognitive neuropsychology
Cognition 133 (3), 621-640, 2014

K Rawlins
Aboutness and attitudes
unpublished ms, 2014

K Rawlins
(Un) conditionals
Natural language semantics, 111-178, 2013

K Rawlins
Computational Semantics Information

K Rawlins
On adverbs of (space and) time
Studies in the Composition and Decomposition of Event Predicates, 153-193, 2013

R Kramer, K Rawlins
An ellipsis approach to answer particles in positive and negative contexts
Workshop on the Syntax of Answers to Polar Questions, Newcastle University, 2012

M Biezma, K Rawlins
Responding to alternative and polar questions
Linguistics and Philosophy, 361-406, 2012

M Biezma, K Rawlins
Responding to polar and alternative questions
submitted paper, downloaded from semanticsarchive. net, 2011

I Frana, K Rawlins
Unconditional concealed questions and Heim’s ambiguity
Proceedings of SALT 21, 2011