Human languages allow us look into the human mind. It is ultimately a puzzle of the combinatorial mechanism that encodes meaning: how the underlying, incremental structure of sentences encodes meaning that directly correlates with our ability to use limited words to express an unlimited number of thoughts. Broadly speaking, I explore how meaningful sentences are created part by part, constructing knowledge on their way. I attempt this by collecting insights from natural languages, building formal cognitive models and executing psycholinguistic experimentation.

I am currently a lecturer at UCSD Linguistics department, teaching San Diegans the fascinating aspects of human languages. My research expertise is in the areas of the syntax-semantics interface, computational linguistics and psycholinguistics. During my graduate research at the University of Southern California, I worked on various research projects (see research). In my Ph.D. dissertation research, under the advising of Prof. Roumyana Pancheva, I explored novel ideas about Definiteness, Number Marking and Counting mechanisms in languages.

Prior to USC, I worked as a computational linguist in different research institutes in India. In these positions, my work involved creation of parts-of-speech tagsets and corpora in major underrepresented languages of India. I also conducted fieldworks, collected data, and spearheaded multilingual annotation projects. Details of my work experience can be found here.

A list of my publications can be found under my Research, or in or Google Scholar. Contact me if you are interested in getting a draft that is not available in these sites.

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Priyanka Biswas
Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr. #0108
La Jolla, CA 92093-0108
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