I'm a graduate student in Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. I'm in the UCSD Computational Psycholinguistics Lab, working with Roger Levy.
As a computational psycholinguist, I focus on building models of how people acquire, use, and represent language, in order to better understand how language fits into the general patterns of human cognition. I'm especially interested in whether there is a need for innate linguistic knowledge, or if general cognitive processes are sufficient to explain our linguistic abilities.
My primary research interest is probabilistic models of language acquisition, especially modeling how humans learn in "hard" settings, such as integrating multiple types of information and acquiring the latent structures of language. I also work in experimental psycholinguistics, using eye-tracking and self-paced reading to examine mental processes during language processing, and corpus linguistics, including using social media to investigate language variation. I also apply some of the same core ideas to various problems in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. For more specific information, check out my research page.
I also run Motivated Grammar, a grammar blog that corrects misinformed grammatical pedantry and looks into why we say what we say. It's been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, and on CBC News.
Should you be trying to figure out what I look like, here you go.
Contacting me: If you are trying to contact me for academic matters, please send your message to gdoyle at ling ucsd edu or see me in person in AP&M 2351, in Muir College. If you are trying to contact me for matters related to Motivated Grammar, please use the address motivatedgrammar at gmail com instead.