Contacting Me

If we aren't already acquainted, please read the following before sending me email:

Questions about my research? Like (almost) all academics, I'm always delighted to discuss my research with someone who is building on my work. If you have a question about one of my papers, one of my projects, or a resource I've made available, please email me. Relatedly, if you are looking for access to one of the very few of my papers that are paywalled, please feel free to email me for an off-print.

Prospective PhD student? For general questions about the PhD program in the Department of Linguistics, please first read our web page for prospective students. If your question isn't answered there, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinators at Please note that PhD admissions at UW Linguistics are done centrally, at the department level, and not by applying to specific faculty members. If your research interests are closely aligned with mine (to the point that you've read some of my work), I would be happy to correspond with you directly about future research directions.

Prospective CLMS student? Please start by reading the program webpage. In particular, you may find the answer to your questions on the planning ahead page or the admissions page. If you would like to receive announcements of program information sessions and similar, please submit your email address with the "Get Updates" button on the program webpage. For questions that can't be answered with these resources, please use email. General or administrative questions should be directed to our Academic Counselor at For other questions, please email me.

Looking to hire CLMS students? I am happy to add your job posting to our jobs database, if it is a reasonable fit. Please email me a link to the job posting or a job description (preferably in the body of your email, and not as an attachment). It may also make sense for you to give an informal presentation in our compling lab meeting.

Looking for a summer internship/RA position/postdoc? When I have funded RA positions, I hire UW students. I do not take on summer interns. If/when I have a post-doc position to fill, I will post ads in appropriate venues (e.g. the corpora mailing list).

Prospective visiting scholar? If our research interests are close enough that I have cited your work or you have cited mine, please include specific information about that in your email. Otherwise, my answer will be sorry, but no.

Have a cool idea for a start-up using NLP? My consulting fee is $1200/hr. I do not "grab coffee" or "jump on the phone".

My email address is Please include the word "penguins" in the subject line so that I know that you've read this page. If you are unsure about how to email a professor, there are some reasonable tips here.


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