Eric Baković

Professor and Chair, Linguistics, UC San Diego


Pronouns: he, him, his / Why do pronouns matter?I respectfully acknowledge that we live and work on the land of the Kumeyaay/Kumiai nation. / Whose land are you on?

About my work

I’m most interested in phonological theory, which aims to formally characterize the set of possible human language sound patterns — and, in principle, only that set. Some of my most recent collaborative work questions recent claims about the outer limit of the set of possible phonological patterns (McCollum, Baković, Mai, & Meinhardt, 2020), specifies an algorithm for equalizing the typological predictions made by Harmonic Grammar and Optimality Theory (Mai & Baković, 2020), defines a set of formal operations between different types of phonological rules (Baković & Blumenfeld, 2019), and presents an unsupervised approach to learning human-readable descriptions of phonological processes from collections of related utterances (Barke, Kunkel, Polikarpova, Meinhardt, Baković, & Bergen, 2019). This latter work represents work now funded by NSF BCS Award #2021149.

Recent publications

  • McCollum, Adam G., Eric Baković, Anna Mai, & Eric Meinhardt. “Unbounded circumambient patterns in segmental phonology.” Phonology 37.2, 215-255. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S095267572000010X [Cambridge Core] [lingbuzz/005051]

    • Original 2018 submission, with more discussion of computational implications of our findings: “The expressivity of segmental phonology and the definition of weak determinism.” [lingbuzz/004197]

  • Meinhardt, Eric, Eric Baković, & Leon Bergen. 2020. “Speakers enhance contextually confusable words.” Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 1991-2002. doi:10.18653/v1/2020.acl-main.180 [OA article]

  • Mai, Anna, & Eric Baković. 2020. “Cumulative constraint interaction and the equalizer of HG and OT.” Supplemental Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2019). [OA article] [ROA-1366] [abstract] [poster]

  • Baković, Eric, & Lev Blumenfeld. 2019. “Rule interaction conversion operations.” Loquens 6.2, e062. [OA article]

  • Barke, Shraddha, Rose Kunkel, Nadia Polikarpova, Eric Meinhardt, Eric Baković, & Leon Bergen. 2019. “Constraint-based Learning of Phonological Processes.” Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019). [OA article]

Self-promotion documents

  • My most currently-updated CV is here (PDF).

  • A comprehensive listing of my (to-be) published and presented works, with links where available, is here (Google Docs).

Physical contact

  • 9500 Gilman Dr. #0108, La Jolla, CA 92093-0108

  • Applied Physics & Mathematics 4260

  • (858) 534-1159 (voice); (858) 534-4789 (fax)