I am currently a 5th year PhD student in the linguistics
department at Stanford University. I work in the
areas of formal semantics and pragmatics, computational
semantics and pragmatics, corpus linguistics, linguistic
typology, and the mathematical foundations of optimality-theory.
I recently defended my dissertation On adjectival
Djalali, Alex, S. Lauer and C. Potts. (2012)
Corpus evidence for preference-driven
interpretation. In Maria Aloni, Vadim
Kimmelman, Floris Roelofsen, Galit Weidman Sassoon,
Katrin Schulz, and Matthijs Westera, eds., Proceedings
of the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium: Revised Selected
Papers, 150-159. Berlin: Springer.
Djalali, Alex and Sven Lauer. Models in Formal
Semantics and Pragmatics. 26th European Summer
School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI).
Tubingen, Germany: August 18-22, 2014.
Djalali, Alex. A compositional approach to
natural logic. Nuance Silicon Valley NLU Discussion
Group (NuSVN). Nuance, Sunnyvale, CA, July 6th,
Djalali, Alex. (2014). Quantifiers in
constructions of a variety of types. 88th Linguistic
Society of America (88th LSA) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN: January 2-5.
Djalali, Alex. (2013). Gradability and the logic of
adjectival comparatives. California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics 6
(CUSP 6). University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 11-13.
Djalali, Alex. (2013). Extending a natural language proof
theory: On ordinary comparatives. Natural Language and Computer Science 2013.
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, June 28.
Djalali, Alex and A. Anttila. (2013). A constructive solution to the ranking
problem in Partial Order Optimality Theory. 21st Manchester Phonology Meeting
(MFM 21), University of Manchester, Manchester, England, May 23-25.
Djalali, Alex. (2012). Reasoning across time and the
syntacticization of semantics. California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics
5 (CUSP 5). San Diego, CA: University of California at San Diego, October
Djalali, Alex. (2012). If you own it, then it exists; if
you love it, that says something about you not it: Semantically Conditioned
Case in Finnish. West Cost Conference on Formal Linguistics 30 (WCCFL 30).
Santa Cruz, CA: University of California at Santa Cruz, April 13-15.
Djalali, Alex, S. Lauer and C. Potts. (2011). Corpus
evidence for preference-driven interpretation. 18th Amsterdam Colloquium.
University of Amsterdam, December 19-22.
Djalali, Alex, D. Clausen, S. Lauer, K. Schultz,
and C. Potts. (2011). Modeling expert effects and common ground using questions under
discussion. AAAI Workshop on Building Representations of Common Ground with
Intelligent Agents. Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Articial
Intelligence, November 4-6.
Djalali, Alex and C. Potts. (2011). Synthetic logic
characterizations of meanings extracted from large corpora, Workshop on Natural
Logic, Proof Theory, and Computational Semantics, Stanford University,
Stanford, CA, April 8-9.
Djalali, Alex, S. Grimm, D. Clausen and B. Levin.
(2011) What can be ground? Noun type, constructions, and the Universal grinder.
37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS 37), Berkeley, CA,
Djalali, Alex. (2014) JavaNatLog. Java Package.
A Java module that is a computational
implementation of a version of Bill MacCartney's
Djalali, Alex. (2014). SentiScorer. Python Package.
A Python module for compositionally determining
the sentiment expressed by a particular sentence.
Djalali, Alex and Cameron Jeffers. (2013). PyOTOrders. Python Package.
PyOTOrders is a Python module that is a
computational implementation of my solution to the ranking problem in Partial
Order Optimality Theory.
Jeffers, Cameron and Alex Djalali. (2013). OTOrder. Web Application.
OTOrders is a web-based application that
implements PyOTOrders using Flask and MongoDB.
Djalali, Alex. (2013). House Proceedings Corpus. Corpus.
The House Proceedings Corpus (HPC) is a highly structured corpus of
complete congressional house proceedings that contains over 2,700 transcripts,
tagged for part-of-speech (POS) using the Stanford POS tagger. The HPC is
comprised of individual .JSON ﬁles to avoid data-corruption and easily
importable into a MongoDB. The HPC has 181,648,994 tokens with a vocabulary of
Potts, Christopher, Alex Djalali & Sven Lauer. (2011). Card Corpus. Corpus.
The Card Corpus includes 744 task-oriented
dialogues collected with the goal of informing models of pragmatics and
discourse. The corpus distribution includes Python and R code for working with
the corpus as well as a slide show documenting its properties and reporting on
some pilot studies.
My dissertation is entitled "On adjectival comparatives" and
provides a syntactico-semantic analysis of adjectival
comparatives. My dissertation defense slides can be found
A draft of my dissertation can be found here.