Department of Linguistics
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I am a Ph.D. student in linguistics at McGill University. My research interests primarily include formal semantics, pragmatics, phonology, and computational linguistics.
On the semantics/pragmatics side, I have worked on ignorance inferences associated with superlative quantifiers like “at least m” and “at most n”. On the phonology side, I have worked on the difference in generative capacity between Optimality Theory and ordered rewrite rules.
Apart from linguistics, I enjoy tinkering with Linux, learning about functional programming (like Haskell), and (when I have time) brewing beer. I have a personal blog where I write about language, math, linux, and other random stuff that comes to mind.
Buccola, Brian. 2013 (to appear). On the Expressivity of Optimality Theory versus Ordered Rewrite Rules. In Glyn Morrill and Mark–Jan Nederhof (eds.), Proceedings of Formal Grammar 2012 and 2013, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8036, pp. 142–158, Springer–Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
pdf (preprint version)
Buccola, Brian. 2013. Two proofs that classic Optimality Theory is expressively weaker than ordered rewrite rules. Second evaluation paper. McGill University.
pdf (mostly superseded by Buccola 2013, Formal Grammar)
Buccola, Brian. 2012. Some remarks on inference patterns involving epistemic modality. First evaluation paper. McGill University.
Schwarz, Bernhard, Brian Buccola, and Michael Hamilton. 2012. Two types of class B numeral modifiers: A reply to Nouwen 2010. Semantics and Pragmatics, Volume 5, Article 1:1–25.