Michael Hahn

I'm a PhD student at Stanford in the Linguistics Department and the Stanford NLP Group. I am interested in computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and applying computational techniques to the study of human language processing. Before I came to Stanford, I was at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh, working with Frank Keller. Before that, I studied Mathematics and Computational Linguistics in Tübingen.

Michael Hahn

Publications

In Preparation
2019
[2] Theoretical Limitations of Self-Attention in Neural Sequence Models (Michael Hahn), 2019. [bibtex] [pdf]
2018
[1] Modeling Task Effects in Human Reading with Neural Attention (Michael Hahn, Frank Keller), 2018. [bibtex] [pdf] [code]
Refereed Articles and Conference Papers
2019
[16] Tabula nearly rasa: Probing the linguistic knowledge of character-level neural language models trained on unsegmented text (Michael Hahn, Marco Baroni), In Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Accepted), 2019. [bibtex] [pdf] [code]
[15] Estimating Predictive Rate-Distortion Curves via Neural Variational Inference (Michael Hahn, Richard Futrell), In Entropy, volume 21, 2019. [bibtex] [pdf] [code] [reviews]
[14] Character-based Surprisal as a Model of Human Reading in the Presence of Errors (Michael Hahn, Frank Keller, Yonatan Bisk, Yonatan Belinkov), In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci), 2019. [bibtex] [pdf]
2018
[13] An information-theoretic explanation of adjective ordering preferences (Michael Hahn, Judith Degen, Noah Goodman, Dan Jurafsky, and Richard Futrell), In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci), 2018. [bibtex] [pdf]
[12] Wreath Products of Distributive Forest Algebras (Michael Hahn, Andreas Krebs, Howard Straubing), In Logic in Computer Science (LICS), 2018. [bibtex] [pdf] [code]
2016
[11] Modeling Human Reading with Neural Attention (Michael Hahn, Frank Keller), In Proceedings of EMNLP, 2016. [bibtex] [pdf] [code]
2015
[10] Visibly Counter Languages and the Structure of NC1 (Michael Hahn, Andreas Krebs, Klaus-Jörn Lange, Michael Ludwig), In Proceedings of Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS) 2015, 2015. [bibtex] [pdf]
[9] Henkin Semantics for Reasoning with Natural Language (Michael Hahn, Frank Richter), In Journal of Language Modeling, volume 3, 2015. [bibtex] [pdf] [code]
2014
[8] Predication and NP Structure in an Omnipredicative Language: The Case of Khoekhoe (Michael Hahn), In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (Stefan Müller, ed.), CSLI Publications, 2014. [bibtex] [pdf]
[7]On deriving semantic representations from dependencies: A practical approach for evaluating meaning in learner corpora (Michael Hahn, Detmar Meurers), In Dependency Theory (Kim Gerdes, Eva Hajicová, Leo Wanner, eds.), IOS Press, 2014. [bibtex]
2013
[6] CoMeT: Integrating different levels of linguistic modeling for meaning assessment (Niels Ott, Ramon Ziai, Michael Hahn, Detmar Meurers), In Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval), 2013. [bibtex] [pdf]
[5] Word Order Variation in Khoekhoe (Michael Hahn), In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (Stefan Müller, ed.), 2013. [bibtex] [pdf]
2012
[4] Evaluating the Meaning of Answers to Reading Comprehension Questions: A Semantics-Based Approach (Michael Hahn, Detmar Meurers), In Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA7), Association for Computational Linguistics, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
[3] Arabic Relativization Patterns: A Unified HPSG Analysis (Michael Hahn), In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, 2012. [bibtex] [pdf]
2011
[2]Null Conjuncts and Bound Pronouns in Arabic (Michael Hahn), In The Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, 2011. [bibtex]
[1] On deriving semantic representations from dependencies: A practical approach for evaluating meaning in learner corpora (Michael Hahn, Detmar Meurers), In Proceedings of the Int. Conference on Dependency Linguistics (Depling 2011), 2011. [bibtex] [pdf]
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Presentations

2019
[2] Crosslinguistic word orders enable an efficient tradeoff of memory and surprisal (Michael Hahn, Judith Degen, Richard Futrell), 32nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, 2019 (oral, 7% acceptance). [slides]
[1] Testing Functional Explanations of Word Order Universals (Michael Hahn, Richard Futrell), 32nd Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, 2019 (oral, 7% acceptance). [slides]
2018
[4] Testing Functional Explanations of Word Order Universals (Michael Hahn, Richard Futrell), California Meeting on Psycholinguistics, 2018. [slides]
[3] An information-theoretic explanation of adjective ordering preferences (Michael Hahn, Judith Degen, Noah Goodman, Dan Jurafsky, Richard Futrell), CogSci, 2018. [poster]
[2] Wreath Products of Distributive Forest Algebras (Michael Hahn, Andreas Krebs, Howard Straubing), LICS, 2018. [slides]
[2] Mutual Information Impacts Adjective Ordering Across Languages (Michael Hahn, Richard Futrell, Judith Degen, Dan Jurafsky, Noah Goodman), CUNY, 2018. [poster]
[1] Exploring Adjective Ordering Preferences via Artificial Language Learning (Michael Hahn, Richard Futrell, Judith Degen), CUNY, 2018. [poster]
2017
[2] Exploring Adjective Ordering Preferences via Artificial Language Learning (Michael Hahn, Richard Futrell, Judith Degen), California Meeting on Psycholinguistics, 2017.
[1] Modeling Task Effects in Human Reading with Neural Attention (Michael Hahn, Frank Keller), CUNY, 2017. [slides]
2016
[1] Modeling Human Reading with Neural Attention (Michael Hahn, Frank Keller), EMNLP, 2016. [slides]

Other material

I also contributed to the chapters on Chinese, Austronesian, Australian, and various African languages in a book on the languages of the world.

Contact and CV

Curriculum Vitae

E-mail: mhahn2 ÄT stanford DOT edu