Geraldine Walther

Geraldine Walther

Geraldine Walther

Assistant Professor

Linguistics: Computational Linguistics, Linguistic Typology, Language and cognition, Morphology, Language documentation

Géraldine Walther's research interests lie at the intersection between computational linguistics, linguistic typology, and cognitive science. She is investigating in the degree of internal cohesion within linguistic systems, which she researches using computational and quantitative methodologies applied to original data. The data is often directly collected as part of original language documentation enterprises. Her approach focuses specifically on system-level patterns of linguistic sub-organisation and their consequences for cognitive processing and development, as well as for diachronic change.

Before joining GMU in August 2019, Géraldine Walther was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zurich, where she worked on an SNF research project investigating the relationship between properties of adult language structure and child language acquisition in the Romansch variety of Tuatschin (spoken by approx. 1500 speakers in the Grisons, Switzerland).

She obtained her PhD from the Université Paris Diderot in 2013.
(Thesis title: Sur la canonicité en morphologie: perspective empirique, formelle et computationnelle [On canonicity in morphology: an empirical, formal, and computational approach])

Géraldine Walther is currently developing the new computational linguistics strand within the Linguistics curriculum and setting up the new Computational Linguistics lab.

Attention students: I am regularly looking for research assistants. If you have an interest and some expertise in applying computational methods to linguistic patterns, get in touch!

Grants and Fellowships

Grants

2022-2024 $299,977

NSF EAGER Grant, NSF, ”Inclusive-ScamBuster: Inclusive Scam Detection Methods for Social Media to Design Assistive Tools for Protecting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities” (PI Hemant Purohit, GMU Information Sciences & Technology; Co-PI Géraldine Walther, GMU English/Linguistics; Co-PI Matt Peterson, GMU Psychology; Co-PI Yoosun Chung, GMU Special Education)

2022 $40,000

CCI Impact of Human Behavior on Cybersecurity, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, NoVa Node, VA, “Characterizing Biases in Automated Scam Detection Tools for Social Media to Aid Individuals with Developmental Disabilities” (PI Hemant Purohit, GMU Information Sciences & Technology; Co-PI Géraldine Walther, GMU English/Linguistics; Co-PI Matt Peterson, GMU Psychology; Co-PI Yoosun Chung, GMU Special Education)

2021-2024 $449,709

NSF DEL/DLI Grant, NSF, ”Collaborative Research: DLI-DEL: Language Documentation with an AI Helper” (PI Antonios Anastasopoulos, GMU Computer Science; Co-PI Géraldine Walther, GMU English/Linguistics; Co-PI David Chiang, Notre Dame Computer Science and Engineering)

2021-2022 $29,928

CAHMP Seed Grant, Center for Advanced Human and Machine Partnership (CAHMP). "ScamBuster: Detecting Emergent Scam Networks on Social Media during Disasters" (PI Hemant Purohit, GMU Information Sciences & Technology; Co-PI Géraldine Walther, English/Linguistics.)

2016-2018

€8,000

IXXI/ISH, “Sur le bout de la langue” modélisation mathématique de la compétition entre langues’, (with Morgane Bergot, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon (France))

 

Awards

2014-2016 ~ €100,00

Postdoctoral fellowship, ASLAN Excellency cluster, ”Advanced Studies on LANguage complexity (ASLAN), CNRS, Lyon (France): two years of funding plus monthly salary, benefits, and additional expenses (conferences, research visits, summer schools) for developing a personal research project on “A typological approach to structural properties of morphological systems”.

01-02/2012 €2,850

Networds visiting grant, European Science Foundation, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey (UK): six week visiting grant, collaboration on Canonical Typology with Prof. Greville G. Corbett and Prof. Dunstan Brown, on computational morphology with Prof. Dunstan Brown, on general typology with Maris Camilleri (Maltese) and Dr. Enrique Palancar (Chinantec).

2007-2010 ~ €115,000

PhD funding, ENS-LSH & Université Paris Diderot, Paris (France): three years of funding plus monthly salary, benefits, and additional expenses (conferences, research visits, summer schools) for PhD research “Sur la canonicité en morphologie: perspective empirique, formelle et computationnelle.” [“On canonicity in morphology: an empirical, formal, and computational approach”]

2003-2007 ~ €120,000

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (Lettres et Sciences Humaines), Lyon (France): Admission to the ENS-LSH: fully paid selective 4-year studentship with monthly salary and benefits and supplementary courses in Linguistics, and German Language and Literature.

Courses Taught

Number Title Term
LING 487 Syntax 1 Spring 2022
LING 686 Computational Linguistics Fall 2019, 2020
LING 686 Computational Typology Spring 2020
LING 687 (786) Syntax 1 Spring 2020, 2021, 2022
LING 787 Syntax 2 Fall 2019
LING 886 Advanced Syntax Seminar Fall 2020
LING 890 Advanced Phonology Seminar Fall 2020
LING 898 Advanced Qualifying Seminar Spring 2021

Education

2013 Doctorate in Linguistics Université Paris Diderot
2007 MA in Linguistics INALCO Paris
2006 Agrégation externe d’allemand  
2004 BA in Linguistics Université Lumière Lyon 2
2004 BA in German Studies Université Lumière Lyon 2 & ENS de Lyon
2003-2007 École Normale Supérieure  ENS de Lyon