Linguistics Hub


My name is Daniel Ben-Levi, and I am a Senior in High School. I avidly research linguistics in my free time, and I run a project-based computational linguistics club at my school. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to reach out regarding a project or research opportunity, please contact me using the information below!


Best Reads:

  • The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
  • On Nature and Language by Noam Chomsky
  • Course in General Linguistics by Ferdinand de Saussure
  • What Is Optimality Theory by John McCarthy
  • The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
  • Vowel Unpredictability In Hijazi Arabic Monosyllabic Verbs by Michael Becker
  • Capturing Phonotactic Learning Biases with a Simple RNN by Joe Pater
  • Phonological Typology in Optimality Theory and Formal Language Theory: Goals and Future Directions by Joe Pater
  • Minimalist Parsing by Kristine Yu
  • The Generativist/Interactionist Debate Over Specific Language Impairment: Psycholinguistics at a Crossroads by Stuart Shank

Attended Lectures:

  • Semantics and Post-Structuralism – MIT Splash
  • Learning with Limited Text Data – ACL 2022
  • A Gentle Introduction to Deep Nets and Opportunities for the Future – ACL 2022
  • ESSLLI 2022

Reading List:

  • Vowels and Consonants by Peter Ladefoged
  • The Resilience of Language by Susan Goldin-Meadow
  • Language and Experience: Evidence from the Blind Child by Barbara Landau & Lila Gleitman
  • The Language of Thought by Jerry Fodor
  • Embassytown by China MiĆ©ville

Areas of Linguistics


The study and classification of speech sounds


The study of meaning, reference, or truth


The study of the forms of words


The study of how context contributes to meaning

What is linguistics?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It encompasses the analysis of every aspect of language, as well as the methods for studying and modeling them.