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Lindsay Hracs collaborates with researchers from the University of Toronto

Kudos to Lindsay Hracs, doctoral student in Linguistics, who has spent the last several months working on her dissertation in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Hracs began her doctoral program in Linguistics in the former Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures (now School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures) at the University of Calgary in September, 2015. She is working on her doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Susanne Carroll.

Hracs' research uses computational modelling to investigate syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of first language acquisition. Although she is primarily interested in studying input and learning mechanisms in language acquisition, her project makes use of tools and methodologies from the fields of Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence. Hracs' time in Toronto has given her the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the Language, Cognition, & Computation and Psycholinguistics research groups, as well as get feedback on her dissertation project from a computational perspective.



On March 29th, Hracs presented a talk in the Language, Cognition, and Computation Group, titled, "Modelling the first language acquisition of only".


On April 12th, she is scheduled to give another talk in the Psycholinguistics Research Group called, "Studying the acquisition of only from the perspective of naturalistic and laboratory stimuli".