Assistant professor, Stony Brook Linguistics
- Phonology, the lexicon, and the connections between them
- Modeling variable and categorical effects in the lexicon
- Acquisition of grammatical trends by humans and machines
Recent journal publications
- Maria Gouskova and Michael Becker (2013) Nonce words show that Russian yer alternations are governed by the grammar. NLLT 31:3, pp. 735–765.
- Michael Becker, Andrew Nevins, and Jonathan Levine (2012) Asymmetries in generalizing alternations to and from initial syllables. Language 88:2, pp. 231–268.
- Michael Becker and Anne-Michelle Tessier (2011) Trajectories of faithfulness in child-specific phonology. Phonology 28:2, pp. 163–196.
- Michael Becker, Nihan Ketrez, and Andrew Nevins (2011) The surfeit of the stimulus: Analytic biases filter lexical statistics in Turkish laryngeal alternations. Language 87:1, pp. 84–125.
- (submitted) Michael Becker and Maria Gouskova (NYU) Source-oriented generalizations as grammar inference in Russian vowel deletion.
- (Under revision for NLLT) Michael Becker, Lauren Eby Clemens, and Andrew Nevins. A richer model is not always more accurate: the case of French and Portuguese plurals.
- (Under revision for Phonology) Michael Becker and Lena Fainleib. The naturalness of product-oriented generalizations. Ms. UMass Amherst. Also available as ROA-1036.
- Sep 19-21, 2014: I will present "Learning alternations from surface forms with sublexical phonology" at Phonology 2014, MIT. With Blake Allen (UBC). [handout]
- November 8-10, 2013: I will present "Gender without morphological segmentation in French" at Phonology 2013, UMass Amherst. With Michael Dow (Indiana).
- September 26, 2013: I presented "A grammatical approach to exceptional Portuguese plurals" at the department of linguistics of IEL-Unicamp. With Lauren Clemens (Harvard) and Andrew Nevins (UCL).
- September 20-21, 2013: I presented "A quantitive study of the caesura in Baudelaire's and Verlaine's alexandrines" at Metrical Structure: Meter, Text-setting and Stress, MIT. [project page]
- January 3-6, 2013: I presented "Wug-testing source-oriented generalizations: grammar inference in yer deletion" at the 87th meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, MA. With Maria Gouskova (NYU). [project page]