My research seeks to unite theoretical neuroscience and linguistics at the level of computation. Neuronal systems are incredibly powerful yet restricted types of computers, while human languages are remarkable in their generative power yet constrained by strong computational principles. I attempt to connect the computations that neurobiological networks can perform with the computations required by human grammars, in order to generate the incredible variety of languages we see.

2017

Publications

In Prep: Rawski, Jonathan. Phonological Complexity is Subregular: Evidence from Sign language. Proceedings of the 51st Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society

 

Presentations: 

  • De Santo, Aniello., Jon Rawski, & J.E. Drury. ERP Effects for Quanitifier Complexity, Priming, and Truth Value in an auditory/visual Verification Task. PosterSociety for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting 2017
  • Rawski, Jon, Aniello De Santo, and Jeffrey Heinz. Reconciling Minimum Description Length with Grammar-Independent Complexity Measures. Poster. MIT Workshop on Simplicity in Grammar Learning
  • Rawski, Jon. Phonological Complexity is Subregular: Evidence from Sign Language. Talk. The 51st Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. University of Chicago. [slides]

 

 

2016

Master's Thesis:

 

Rawski, Jonathan. Homeostasis in Harmonic Grammar. MS, Higher School of Economics [pdf]

 

Presentations

  • Rawski, Jonathan. Homeostatic Reinforcement Learning for Harmonic Grammars. Talk. SYNC Conference. CUNY, New York. [slides]
  • Rawski, Jonathan, Boris Gutkin. Homeostatic Reinforcement Learning for Harmonic Grammars. Invited Talk. MIT Linguistics Dept. [slides]
  • Rawski, Jonathan. Homeostasis in Harmonic Grammar. Invited Talk. Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France 
  • Rawski, Jonathan.  Linguistic Structure from Neural Computation. Talk. Center for Cognition Seminar, Higher School of Economics.

 

2015

Publications:
Rawski, Jonathan. "Second-Language Phonology Learning and Neuroplasticity". Linguistic Portfolios Vol. 4 [pdf]

 

Presentations:
Rawski, Jon. A Homeostatic Space for OT Phonology. Poster. Pronouns: Syntax, Semantics, Processing Conference (Moscow, Russia)