Welcome! I am a computational linguist, specializing in theoretical phonology. My research program is focused on identifying the computational properties of phonological grammars and showing how such properties contribute to our understanding of phonological typology and learning. In particular, I demonstrate the role that computational restrictions on input-output maps play in delimiting the set of ‘possible’ phonological processes. These same restrictions also serve as inductive biases that enable efficient learning of such maps from a finite amount of positive data. This work is necessarily interdisciplinary, combining methodologies from theoretical linguistics and computer science, particularly grammatical inference. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Tri-Co Department of Linguistics at Haverford College.

I can be reached at jchandlee(at)haverford(dot)edu, and my CV is available here.

Recent and Upcoming Activity

  • ‘Boolean Monadic Recursive Schemes as a Logical Characterization of the Subsequential Functions’ (with Siddharth Bhaskar, Adam Jardine, and Christopher Oakden) presented at the 14th-15th International Conference on Language and Automata Theory and Applications (LATA 2020/2021), September 20.
  • Poster presentation at this year’s AMP, Oct. 1-3.
  • Chapter on Metathesis accepted for publication in the Blackwell Companion to Morphology.
  • ‘Nonderived environment blocking and input-based computation’ forthcoming in Evolutionary Linguistic Theory.
  • Co-organizing the 15th International Conference on Grammatical Inference (ICGI 2020/21), to be held virtually August 23-27, 2021.
  • ‘Long-distance phonological processes as tier-based strictly local functions’ (with Phillip Burness and Kevin McMullin) accepted for publication in Glossa.
  • Invited talk at NAPhCxi (postponed from last year) on June 27: ‘What Do We Really Mean by (Non)Iterativity?
  • ‘Logical perspectives on strictly local transformations’ (with Steven Lindell) forthcoming in Jeffrey Heinz (ed.), Doing Computational Phonology. Draft version available here.
  • Virtual colloquium talk on May 20 for Tel Aviv University: ‘Formalizing Iterativity and the Computation of Rule Application Modes’.
  • Input and output locality and representation‘ (with Adam Jardine) published in Glossa