Uriel Cohen Priva


CV

Education

2012. Ph.D., Stanford University.
Dissertation: Sign and Signal: deriving linguistic generalizations from information utility
Adviser: Dan Jurafsky
Dissertation committee: Arto AnttilaPaul KiparskyChris Manning and Meghan Sumner

2006 M.A. in Linguistics, Tel Aviv University, summa cum laude

2001-2005 Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel Aviv University

Funding

NSF Grant: BCS-1829290
Building a corpus of phonemic lexicons to study information theoretic universals
($191,117, total of $391,055 expected, over 30 months)

Publications

#Denotes a student author. *Denotes equal contribution.

*Uriel Cohen Priva and *Chelsea Sanker, submitted. Convergence is predicted by particular interlocutors, not speakers.

Jie Ren, Uriel Cohen Priva, and James Morgan, under revision. Underspecification in infants’ and adults’ lexical representations. Brown University manuscript.

Elinor Amit, Steven Sloman, Amy Thoman, Ann-Christin Posten, and Uriel Cohen Priva, Submitted. Outsourcing moral judgment.

Babak Hemmatian, Sabina J Sloman, Uriel Cohen Priva, and Steven A Sloman. 2019. Think of the consequences: A decade of discourse about same-sex marriageBehavior Research Methods.

Elinor Amit, SoYon Rim, Georg Halbeisen, Uriel Cohen Priva, Elena Stephan, and Yaacov Trope. 2019. Distance-dependent memory for pictures and wordsJournal of Memory and Language, 105:0 119–130. (preprint)

Uriel Cohen Priva and T. Florian Jaeger. in press. The interdependence of frequency, predictability, and informativityLinguistics Vanguard, 4(S2). doi: 10.1515/lingvan-2017-0028. (preprint).

Cohen Priva, Uriel, and Emily Gleason. 2018. The Role of Fast Speech in Sound Change. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1512–7. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

*Cohen Priva, Uriel, and *Chelsea Sanker. 2018. Distinct Behaviors in Convergence Across Measures. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1518–23. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

#Shiying Yang, Chelsea Sanker, and Uriel Cohen Priva. 2018. The organization of lexicons: A cross-linguistic analysis of monosyllabic words. In SCiL proceedings, number 18. Society for Computation in Linguistics. doi: 10.7275/R58P5XPZ. (correction).

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2017. Informativity and the actuation of lenitionLanguage, 930 (3):0 569–597. doi: 10.1353/lan.2017.0037. (preprint).

Uriel Cohen Priva, #Lee Edelist, and Emily Gleason. 2017. Converging to the baseline: Corpus evidence for convergence in speech rate to interlocutor’s baselineThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 1410 (5):0 2989–2996. doi: 10.1121/1.4982199. (preprint).

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2017. Not so fast: Fast speech correlates with lower lexical and structural informationCognition, 160:0 27–34. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.12.002. (preprint).

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason. 2016. Simpler structure for more informative words: a longitudinal study. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, and J.C. Trueswell, editors, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 1895–1900, Austin, TX, 2016. Cognitive Science Society.

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2015. Informativity affects consonant duration and deletion ratesLaboratory Phonology, 60 (2):0 243–278. doi: 10.1515/lp-2015-0008.

*Uriel Cohen Priva and *Joseph Austerweil. 2015. Analyzing the history of Cognition using topic modelsCognition, 135:0 4–9. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2014.11.006. (preprint).

*Inbal Arnon and *Uriel Cohen Priva. 2014. Time and again: The changing effect of word and multiword frequency on phonetic duration for highly frequent sequencesThe Mental Lexicon, 90 (3):0 377–400. doi: 10.1075/ml.9.3.01arn. (preprint).

*Inbal Arnon and *Uriel Cohen Priva. 2013. More than words: The effect of multi-word frequency and constituency on phonetic durationLanguage and Speech. (preprint).

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2010. Constructing typing-time corpora: A new way to answer old questions. In S. Ohlsson and R. Catrambone, editors, Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 43–48, Austin, TX, 2010. Cognitive Science Society.

Uriel Cohen Priva. 2008. Using information content to predict phone deletion. In N. Abner and J. Bishop, editors, Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, pages 90–98, Somerville, MA, USA, 2008. Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Conference presentations

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2018. Reduced duration is the likely cause of consonant lenition. To be presented at IATL 34.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2018. The role of fast speech in sound change. Poster presented at 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Chelsea Sanker, 2018. Distinct behaviors in convergence across measures. Poster presented at 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2018. The indirect effect of low information content on lenition processes. Presented at The role of predictability in shaping human sound systems workshop, at Lisbon.

Shiying Yang, Chelsea Sanker, and Uriel Cohen Priva, 2018. The organization of lexicons: A cross-linguistic analysis of monosyllabic words. Poster presented at SCiL: Society for Computation in Linguistics annual meeting.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2017. Relative low informativity licenses lenition. Presented at XLanS: Triggers of language change in the Language Science, at Lyon.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2017. Reduction in duration as a cause for lenition. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting on Phonology at NYU.

Uriel Cohen Priva, 2017. Outperforming typological frequency as a markedness baseline. Presented at Markedness: Perspectives in Morphology and Phonology workshop at Goethe-Universitt, Frankfurt.

Uriel Cohen Priva and Emily Gleason, 2017. The role of fast speech in sound change. Poster presented at The 4th International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC4).

Cohen Priva, Uriel, and Emily Gleason. 2016. “Simpler Structure for More Informative Words: A Longitudinal Study.” Presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Cohen Priva, Uriel, and Emily Gleason. 2016. “Using Topic Models to Investigate Framing Words in Discourse.” Presented at the 2nd Usage-Based Linguistics Conference.

Cohen Priva, Uriel, and Emily Gleason. 2016. “Estimating Segments’ Cost Using Cross-Linguistic Information.” Poster presented at the Laboratory Phonology 15.

Keough, Megan, and Uriel Cohen Priva. 2015. “Even in Berber: Complex Codas in Imdlawn Tashlhiyt Berber as Evidence Against Strict Domination.” Presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Arnon, Inbal, and Uriel Cohen Priva. 2014. “Time and Again: The Changing Effect of Word and Multiword Frequency on Phonetic Duration for Highly Frequent Sequences.” poster presented at the Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) Conference.

Cohen Priva, Uriel. 2014. “Informativity Licenses Word-Final Lention.” presented at Sound Change in Interacting Human Systems 3rd Biennial Workshop on Sound Change University of California, Berkeley.

Arnon, Inbal, and Uriel Cohen Priva. 2013. “More Than Words: The Effect of Multi-Word Frequency and Constituency on Phonetic Duration.” presented at ICLC-12.

Arnon, Inbal, and Uriel Cohen Priva. 2013. “More Than Words: The Effect of Multi-Word Frequency and Constituency on Phonetic Duration.” presented at CUNY 2013.

Cohen Priva, Uriel. 2013. “Information-Based Licensing of Sound Change Processes.” presented at workshop on Sound Change Actuation at University of Chicago.

Cohen Priva, Uriel. 2012. “The Relationship Between Segment Frequency and Phonetic Effort.” Presented at NECPhon 2012.

Cohen Priva, Uriel. 2012. “Information Utility Promotes Preservation.” Presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Cohen Priva, Uriel, and Dan Jurafsky. 2012. “Language Matches Information Content with Perceptual Prominence.” Presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Cohen Priva, Uriel. 2010. “Constructing Typing-Time Corpora: A New Way to Answer Old Questions.” 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Adams, Matthew E., Katrin Schweitzer, and Uriel Cohen Priva. 2009. “Crosslinguistic Support for Information Theoretic Effects: A Study of German Phonology.” Presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Cohen Priva, Uriel. {2008}. “Using Information Content to Predict Phone Deletion.” 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Invited talks

2018. Information flooding (and what we do about it). Presented at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

2018. Language change from an information theoretic perspective. Presented at the Colloquium of the Department of Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University.

2017. An interplay between information, duration, and lenition. Invited talk at the Colloquium of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

2017. An interplay between information, duration, and lenition. Invited talk at Language and Computation Discussion Group at

2016. An Interplay Between Information, Duration, and Lenition. Invited speaker at Effects of Uncertainty and their Reflection in Language.

2016. Differences Between Information in Language and Artificial Communication Systems. Distinguished Lecturer series (Language Science colloquium), Saarland University.

2016. Differences Between Information in Language and Artificial Communication Systems. Invited talk at Inbal Arnon’s lab meeting.

2015. Differences Between Information in Language and Artificial Communication Systems. Invited talk at Ted Gibson’s lab meeting.

2014. Informational Constraints. Invited talk at Tel Aviv University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

2014. Information Motivates Preservation. Invited talk at the Hebrew University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

2012. Providing Universal Explanations for Language-Specific Change. Invited talk at Yale University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

2012. Providing Universal Explanations for Language-Specific Change. Invited talk at Harvard University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

2011. Information Utility Promotes Preservation. Invited talk at Ben Gurion University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

2010. Faithfulness as Information Utility: Addressing the Actuation Problem. Invited talk at Tel Aviv University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

2010. Faithfulness as Information Utility: Addressing the Actuation Problem. Invited talk at Berkeley Phonetics and Phonology Forum.

2009. Phone Informativity: Function and Grammar. Invited talk at Tel Aviv University’s Linguistics Department Colloquium.

2008. Phone Informativity. Invited talk at Institute for Natural Language Processing, Universität Stuttgart.

Teaching

CLPS1361 Information Theory in Language Brown University, 2018

CLPS1360 Introduction to Corpus Linguistics, Brown University, 2014, 2016, 2018

CLPS1381D Topics in Phonetics and Phonology: Lenition, Brown University, 2018

CLPS0300 Introduction to Linguistics Brown University, Fall 2017

UTRA Undergraduate Training and Research Award advisor, Brown University, 2016

CLPS1381B Topics in Phonetics and Phonology: Information theory in language Brown University, 2016

CLPS1381A Topics in Phonetics and Phonology: how phonetics shapes phonology Brown University, 2014

CLPS1310 Introduction to Phonological Theory Brown University, 2013, 2014, 2015

TA for LING110 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology, professor: Meghan Sumner, Stanford University, Winter 2010

Corpus TA, 2009-10, Stanford

TA for LING200 Foundations of Linguistic Theory, professor: Paul Kiparsky, Stanford University, Fall 2008

TA for LING130 Introduction to Linguistic Meaning, professor: Adrian Brasoveanu, Stanford University, Spring 2008

TA for Introduction to Semantics, professor: Nirit Kadmon, Tel Aviv University, Winter 2005

OS/390 and CICS instructor, IBM and Novelya (now Tangram Soft), 2002-2006

Awards

2011 Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

2011 Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award

2004 Posis Scholarship for academic excellence

2004 Margalit and Topler Scholarship

2001 Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students in Tel Aviv University – four-year tuition

Service

Reviewer for the LanguageProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesCognitionCognitive SciencePLOS OneLaboratory PhonologyLinguistic VanguardLinguistic TypologyJASA (Journal of the Acoustical Society of America)Natural Language and Linguistic TheoryFrontiers in Communication

Reviewer for: Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science SocietyLinguistic Society of America Annual ConferenceLaboratory Phonology Bi-annual ConferenceCUNY Conference

Member of the graduate admissions committee, Stanford University

Member of the corpus and graduate studies committees, Stanford University

Computer lab administrator, LSA Linguistic Institute 2007, Stanford University

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