email: jordan.kodner at-sign stonybrook edu
office: Dept. of Linguistics, Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS) building, Floor 2

I am an assistant professor in the Stony Brook University Department of Linguistics and affiliate member of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. My primary research revolves around computational approaches to child language acquisition and their broader implications. In particular,

In 2020, I received my PhD from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics, where I worked with Charles Yang and Mitch Marcus. My dissertation, Language Acquisition in the Past, investigated the relationship between child language acquisition and language change. I received a master's degree from the University of Pennsylania Department of Computer and Information Science in 2018. From 2013 through 2015, I was an Associate Scientist in the Speech, Language, and Multimedia group at Raytheon BBN Technologies where I worked on defense and medical-related projects. I interned with Amazon Alexa AI-Natural Language Understanding in summer 2020.

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.


Current Courses

LIN 220: Computational Linguistics Mondays and Fridays 1:00-2:20pm US Eastern Time online.

The official (slightly out of date) description:
An introduction to computational linguistics for students with previous programming experience. This course explores the models, algorithms, and techniques that dominate modern-day language technology, and it evaluates them from a linguistically informed perspective. Topics include corpus-based methods, finite-state approaches, machine learning, and model evaluation techniques. Great emphasis is put on discussing the limitations of existing techniques and how they might benefit from linguistic insights. Students will also hone their programming skills and develop familiarity with state-of-the-art software packages for computational linguistics.

TA: Jon Rawski

LIN 330: Language Acquisition Mondays and Wednesdays 2:40-4:00pm US Eastern Time online.

The official (slightly out of date) description:
Introduction to the field of language acquisition. Issues include cognitive processes, role of innate ability and environment, developmental stages, individual variation, universal tendencies, interaction of language and cognition, bilingualism, similarities and differences between first- and second-language acquisition, and language disorders.

TA: Yang Liu (yang.liu.11@...)

Office Hours

General Office Hours: On Zoom, Thursdays 1:00pm-2:30pm US Eastern Time or by appointment

LIN 220 Only: On Zoom, Fridays 2:20pm-3:00pm US Eastern Time

LIN 330 Only: On Zoom, Wednesdays 4:00pm-4:40pm US Eastern Time

Check your syllabi or email me for meeting IDs.



Note: Proceedings published in the ACL conference and workshop anthologies (ACL, EMNLP, ComputEL, LREC, SCiL) are refereed and archival.