Arch Professor of World Languages

Contact Info

Gilbert Hall 118A
Office Hours:
Thursdays 3-5pm or by appointment
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I joined UGA's fantastic Linguistics Department in Fall 2018 after a stint as a full-time research scientist at Deepmind. My work centers on language comprehension -- how are we able to understand one another, just by hearing a sequence of words, one by one?  I have sought to answer this question through cognitive modeling -- analyzing the human mind via computer simulation. For more on this line of research, check out this book-length monograph.

I am happily married to Peggy Renwick.


PhD (Cognitive Science) Johns Hopkins University 2003

ScB (Cognitive Science) Brown University 1998

Areas of Interest:

Computational linguistics, Cognitive science

Selected Publications:

Finding Syntax in Human Encephalography with Beam Search. With Chris Dyer, Adhiguna Kuncoro and Jonathan R. Brennan.  Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Note: received Best Paper award.


Localising Memory Retrieval and Syntactic Composition: an fMRI study of naturalistic language comprehension. With Shohini Bhattasali, Murielle Fabre, Wen-Ming Luh, Hazem Al Saied, Mathieu Constant, Christophe Pallier, Jonathan R. Brennan and R. Nathan Spreng. To appear in a special issue of Language, Cognition & Neuroscience devoted to Natural Spoken Story Comprehension edited by Katerina D. Kandylaki.



Articles Featuring John Hale

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 09:08am

Dr. John Hale presented a poster on "Text Genre & Training Data Size in Human-Like Parsing" along with Adhiguna Kuncoro (DeepMind & Oxford), Keith B.

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 11:03am

Collections of speech and text, known as corpora, have long played a key role in linguistics.