Karine Megerdoomian's homepage

2015

On the positional distribution of an Armenian auxiliary: Second position clisis, focus and phases (with Arsalan Kahnemuyipour). Syntax (in press)
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Human language reveals a universal positivity bias (with P. S. Dodds, E. M. Clark, S. Desu, M. R. Frank, A. J. Reagan, J. R. Williams, L. Mitchell, K. D. Harris, I. M. Kloumann, J. P. Bagrow, M. T. McMahon, B. F. Tivnan, and C. M. Danforth). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 112, no. 8, pp. 2389-2394. 2015.
[abstract] [link to article] [pdf]

2014

State of the Research in Human Language Technology: A Study of ACL and NAACL Publications from 2007 through 2014. MITRE Technical Report (MTR140208), Washington DC. June 2014.
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2012

The status of the nominal in Persian complex predicates. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp. 179-216. 2012.
[abstract] [Link to Article]
Shift happens: Language shift and maintenance in the Persian diaspora. Unpublished manuscript. 2012.
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2011

Second position clitics in the vP phase: The case of the Armenian auxiliary (with Arsalan Kahnemuyipour). Linguistic Inquiry, Volume 42, Number 1, Winter 2011, pp. 152-162.
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The format of Middle Eastern names in official documents. MITRE Technical Report (MTR110136), Washington DC. April 2011.
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Issues in Dari transcription. MITRE Product (MP110054), Washington DC. 2011.
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2010

Mining and classification of neologisms in Persian blogs (with Ali Hadjarian). In the Proceedings of CALC-10, NAACL HLT workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity.
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Extending a Persian morphological analyzer to blogs. In Zabane Farsi va Rayane [Persian Language and Computers]. SAMT Publishers, Organization for Research and Editing of University Publications in the Humanities, Tehran, Iran. 2010.
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Developing a Persian part-of-speech tagger. In Zabane Farsi va Rayane [Persian Language and Computers]. SAMT Publishers, Organization for Research and Editing of University Publications in the Humanities, Tehran, Iran. 2010.
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Linguistic patterns in Heritage Persian instruction. In Proceedings of STARTALK Persian Teacher's Workshop for Professional Curriculum and Materials Development, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. July 2010.
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2009

Beyond words and phrases: a unified theory of predicate composition. VDM Verlag, Germany, 2009. (Published doctoral dissertation, University of Southern California, 2002)
Available at Amazon; [abstract]
Low-density language strategies for Persian and Armenian. In Language Engineering for Lesser-Studied Languages, Sergei Nirenburg (ed). IOS Press of Amsterdam. February 2009.
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Automated metrics for speech translation (with Sherri Condon, Mark Arehart, Christy Doran, Dan Parvaz, John Aberdeen, Beatrice Oshika, Greg Sanders). In PerMIS '09 Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems, New York. 2009.
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Telicity in Persian complex predicates. Snippets, Issue 19, July 2009.
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The structure of Afghan names. MITRE Product (MP090315), Washington DC. November 2009.
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2008

Parallel nominal and verbal projections. In Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory: Essays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta (eds.); MIT Press, May 2008.
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Low-density language bootstrapping: The case of Tajiki Persian (with Dan Parvaz). In Proceedings of LREC 2008 (Language Resources and Evaluation Conference). Marrakech, Morocco, May 2008.
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The structure of Persian names. MITRE Technical Report (MP080034), Washington DC. February 2008.
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Persian supplement to the TIDES standard for the annotation of temporal expressions. MITRE Technical Report, Washington DC. July 2008.
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Analysis of Farsi weblogs: A Survey of the Literature. MITRE Technical Report (MTR080206), Washington DC. August 2008. (Note: This paper is an excertp of the complete technical report and includes only Chapter 2.)
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Argus search and stemming. MITRE Product (MP080256), Washington DC. September 2008.
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2007

The structure of Arabic names. MITRE Technical Report, Washington DC. February 2007.
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2005

Transitivity alternation verbs and causative constructions in Eastern Armenian. Armenian Annual of Linguistics 21. 2005.
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2004

Finite-state morphological analysis of Persian. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Approaches to Arabic Script-based Languages. Coling 2004, University of Geneva. August 28, 2004.
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A semantic template for light verb constructions. In Proceedings of the First Workshop on Persian Language and Computers. Invited talk. Tehran University, Iran. May 25-26, 2004.
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2003

Text Mining, Corpus Building and Testing. In A Handbook for Language Engineers, edited by Ali Farghaly. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA. 2003.
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Asymmetries in form and meaning: Surface realization and interface conditions. Unpublished manuscript. Paper presented at Approaching Asymmetry at the Interfaces, UQAM, Montreal. 2003.
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2002

Beyond words and phrases: a unified theory of predicate composition. Doctoral dissertation, University of Southern California. 2002.
[abstract] [pdf (compact/easier to print)] [pdf (original)] [Book on Amazon]

2001

Event Structure and Complex Predicates in Persian. Canadian Journal of Linguistics 46 (1/2): 97-125. Special issue on the Syntax of Iranian languages. 2001.
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2000

Unification-Based Persian Morphology. In Proceedings of CICLing 2000. Alexander Gelbukh, ed. Centro de Investigacion en Computacion-IPN, Mexico.
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Aspect and partitive objects in Finnish. In Proceedings of WCCFL 2000, Cascadilla Press.
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Against optional wh-movement (with Shadi Ganjavi). In Proceedings of WECOL 2000, Volume 12.
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Rapid development of translation tools: Applications to Persian and Turkish (with Jan W. Amtrup and Rémi Zajac). In Proceedings of COLING 2000, Saarbrucken, Germany.
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Persian-English machine translation: An overview of the Shiraz project (with Jan W. Amtrup, Hamid Mansouri Rad, and Rémi Zajac). NMSU, CRL, Memoranda in Computer and Cognitive Science (MCCS-00-319); 2000.
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Persian computational morphology: A unification-based approach. NMSU, CRL, Memoranda in Computer and Cognitive Science (MCCS-00-320); 2000.
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A computational analysis of the Persian noun phrase. NMSU, CRL, Memoranda in Computer and Cognitive Science (MCCS-00-321); 2000.
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Processing Persian text: Tokenization in the Shiraz project (with Remi Zajac). NMSU, CRL, Memoranda in Computer and Cognitive Science (MCCS-00-322); 2000.
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1999

Rapid development of translation tools (with Jan W. Amtrup and Rémi Zajac). In Proceedings of Machine Translation Summit VII, Singapore. September 1999.
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Projection of direct objects. In Proceedings of WECOL 1999.
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Edited Proceedings

Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Approaches to Arabic Script-Based Languages (CAASL) (co-editor)
CAASL1, held in University of Geneva, COLING 2004, August 28.
CAASL2, held at the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, Stanford University, July 2007.
CAASL3, held at Machine Translation Summi XII, Ottawa, Canada, August 26, 2009.
Proceedings available at CAASL website
Proceedings of the 20th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (with Leora Ann Bar-el).
Held in University of Southern California, Cascadilla Press, 2001.

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