Curriculum Vitae

▾ Employment

2016-   The Ohio State University
ACLS postdoctoral fellow in computational pragmatics
2013-2016 Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin
Postdoctoral researcher in computational pragmatics

▾ Education

2008-2013 Ph.D. in Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania
Thesis: Information structure, grammar and strategy in discourse
2007-2008 M.A. in Linguistics
The Ohio State University
Thesis: Semantic change and the Old English demonstrative
2004-2007 B.A. in Linguistics
The Ohio State University

▾ Research Interests

  • Formal, computational and experimental pragmatics
  • Information structure
  • Game theory
  • Computational models of semantic learning and change

▾ Journal Articles

Submitted Stevens, Jon & Gareth Roberts. Noise, economy and the emergence of information structure in a laboratory language.
2018 Benz, Anton and Jon Stevens. Game-theoretic approaches to pragmatics. Annual Review of Linguistics.
2017 Stevens, Jon, Lila Gleitman, John Trueswell & Charles Yang. The pursuit of word meanings. Cognitive Science, 41(S4), 638-676.
2016 Stevens, Jon, Anton Benz, Sebastian Reuße & Ralf Klabunde. Pragmatic question answering: A game-theoretic approach. Data & Knowledge Engineering, 106, 52-69.
2016 Focus games. Linguistics and Philosophy, 39, 395-441.
2016 When do we think strategically? Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, 35(1), 97-108.

▾ Other Articles

In press Stevens, Jon & Stephanie Solt. The semantics and pragmatics of "some 27 arrests". Penn Working Papers in Linguistics.
2017 The pragmatics of focus. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2017 Biases and labeling in iterative pragmatic reasoning. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. J. Davelaar (eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 3255-3260. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
2017 Stevens, Jon, Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Shari Speer & Judith Tonhauser. Rational use of prosody predicts projection in manner adverb utterances. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. J. Davelaar (eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1144-1149. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
2017 Roberts, Gareth & Jon Stevens. Information theoretic factors in marking linguistic focus: A laboratory-language approach. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. J. Davelaar (eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 3004-3009. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
2016 A signaling account of contrastive focus. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 20.
2015 The role of preferred outcomes in determining implicit questioning strategies. In T. Brochhagen, F. Roelofsen & N. Theiler (eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium.
2015 Stevens, Jon, Anton Benz, Sebastian Reuße & Ralf Klabunde. A strategic reasoning model for generating alternative answers. Proceedings of the 53rd annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Stroudsburg, PA: ACL.
2015 Stevens, Jon, Anton Benz, Sebastian Reuße, Ralf Klabunde & Lisa Raithel. Pragmatic query answering: Results from a quantitative evaluation. In C.Biemann, S. Handschuh, A. Freitas, F. Meziane & E. Métais (eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Natural Language Processing and Information Systems: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB 2015. Berlin: Springer.
2014 Stevens, Jon, Anton Benz, Sebastian Reuße, Ronja Laarmann-Quante & Ralf Klabunde. Indirect answers as potential solutions to decision problems. In V. Rieser and P. Muller (eds.), Proceedings of the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue.
2014 Ahern, Christopher & Jon Stevens. How uniqueness guides definition description processing. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 20.1, proceedings of the 37th Penn Linguistics Colloquium.
2014 Against a unified analysis of Givenness and Focus. In R.E. Santana-LaBarge (ed.), Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.
2013 Stevens, Jon & Caitlin Light. The pragmatics of direct object fronting in historical English. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 19.1, proceedings of the 36th Penn Linguistics Colloquium.
2012 On the linearity of information structure. LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts 2012. eLanguage
2012 Using salience and hypothesis evaluation to learn object names in real time. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 18.1, proceedings of the 35th Penn Linguistics Colloquium
2012 Information structure as parallel tree building. In S. Müller (ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, pp. 369-386. Stanford: CSLI.
2011 Learning object names in real time with little data. In L. Carlson, C. Hoelscher & T.F. Shipley (eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 903-908. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society

▾ Talks and posters

2018 Solt, Stephanie & Jon Stevens. Some three students: Toward a unified account of 'some'. Poster to be presented at SALT 28, MIT, May 18-20.
2018 Roberts, Gareth & Jon Stevens. The emergence of focus in an experimental communication game. Paper to be presented at EvoLang XII, Torun, Poland, April 15-19.
2017 Roberts, Gareth & Jon Stevens. The emergence of focus in a laboratory communication game. Paper presented at Meaning in Flux 2017, Yale, October 12-14.
2017 Stevens, Jon, Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, Shari Speer & Judith Tonhauser. Rational use of prosody predicts projection in manner adverb utterances. Paper presented at CogSci 2017, July 26-29.
2017 Biases and labeling in iterative pragmatic reasoning. Poster presented at CogSci 2017, July 26-29.
2017 Roberts, Gareth & Jon Stevens. Information theoretic factors in marking linguistic focus. Poster presented at CogSci 2017, July 26-29..
2017 Stevens, Jon and Stephanie Solt. The semantics and pragmatics of "some 27 arrests". Paper presented at the 41st annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC), University of Pennsylvania, March 24-26.
2017 Solt, Stephanie and Jon Stevens. Some 27 arrests: Why some+n isn't an approximator, and what it might be. Paper presented at the 91st annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Austin, TX, January 5-8.
2016 Reuße, Sebastian, Ralf Klabunde, Jon Stevens and Anton Benz. Generating surplus content in a Q/A setting. Poster presented at the 20th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Rutgers University, July 16-18.
2016 A game-theoretic look at non-literal answers. Talk given at the 38th annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), University of Konstanz, Germany, February 24-26.
2015 The role of preferred outcomes in determining implicit questioning strategies. Paper presented at the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, December 16-18.
2015 A signaling account of contrastive focus. Poster presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 20, University of Tübingen, Germany, September 9-12.
2015 Stevens, Jon, Anton Benz, Sebastian Reuße & Ralf Klabunde. A strategic reasoning model for generating alternative answers. Poster presented at ACL 2015, Beijing, China, July 26-31.
2015 Stevens, Jon, Anton Benz, Sebastian Reuße, Ralf Klabunde & Lisa Raithel. Pragmatic query answering: Results from a quantitative evaluation. Paper presented at NLDB 2015, University of Passau, Germany, June 17-19.
2015 Yang, Charles, Jon Stevens, Lila Gleitman & John Trueswell. The Pursuit of Word Meanings. Talk given at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA, March 19-21.
2015 Benz, Anton, & Jon Stevens. Alternative properties in indirect answers and their implicatures. Talk given at the 16th Szklarska Poreba workshop, Szklarska Poreba, Poland, February 20-23.
2014 Benz, Anton, & Jon Stevens. Indirect answers and their implicatures. Talk given at the workshop on Pragmatic Enrichment, University of Lille, France, November 7.
2014 Stevens, Jon, Anton Benz, Sebastian Reuße, Ronja Laarmann-Quante & Ralf Klabunde. Indirect answers as potential solutions to decision problems. Paper presented at the 18th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 1-3.
2014 Reuße, Sebastian, Jon Stevens, Anton Benz, Ralf Klabunde & Ronja Laarmann-Quante. Dialogue act annotation and modeling in a non-cooperative domain. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics, Las Palmas, Spain, May 22-24.
2014 A game-theoretic approach to focus. Talk given at the workshop on Game-theoretical Approaches to Implicature in Complex Sentences, ZAS Berlin, April 28-29.
2014 Reuße, Sebastian, Ronja Laarmann-Quante, Ralf Klabunde, Anton Benz & Jon Stevens. Pragmatic constraints on automatic answer generation in sales dialogue. Poster presented at the 36th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), University of Marburg, Germany, March 5-7.
2014 Where Focus fits in a theory of language. Poster presented at Linguistic Evidence 2014, University of Tübingen, Germany, February 13-15.
2013 Ahern, Christopher & Jon Stevens. How uniqueness guides definite description processing. Paper presented at the 37th annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC), University of Pennsylvania, March 22-24.
2013 Against a unified analysis of Givenness and Focus. Paper presented at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL) 31, Tempe, AZ, February 8-10, 2013
2013 Separating Givenness from Focus: Arguments from English de-accenting and German scrambling. Poster presented at the 87th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, MA, January 3-6.
2012 Stevens, Jon & Caitlin Light. The pragmatics of direct object fronting in historical English. Paper presented at the 10th York-Newcastle-Holland Symposium on the History of English (SHES10), Northumbria University, April 21-22.
2012 Stevens, Jon & Caitlin Light. The pragmatics of direct object fronting in historical English. Paper presented at the 36th annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC), University of Pennsylvania, March 23-25.
2012 Notes on Givenness and Contrast. Paper presented at the 2nd annual Mid-Atlantic Colloquium for Studies in Meaning, University of Maryland, February 18.
2012 On the linearity of information structure. Paper presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, OR, January 5-8.
2012 Stevens, Jon, Charles Yang, John Trueswell & Lila Gleitman. Learning words via single-meaning hypothesis testing. Paper presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, OR, January 5-8
2012 Stevens, Jon, Charles Yang, John Trueswell & Lila Gleitman. A psychologically motivated model of word learning. Paper presented at the Workshop on Psycho-computational Models of Language Acquisition, LSA 2012, Portland, OR, January 5-8.
2011 Realistic computational models of word learning. Poster presented at the Mid-Atlantic Student Colloquium on Speech, Language, and Learning, Johns Hopkins University, September 23.
2011 Information structure as parallel tree building. Paper presented at the Workshop on Information Structure in Formal Grammar, HPSG 2011, University of Washington, August 23.
2011 Learning object names in real time with little data. Poster presented at CogSci 2011, Boston, July 20-23.
2011 Using salience and hypothesis evaluation to learn object names in real time. Paper presented at the 35th annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC), University of Pennsylvania, March 18-20.
2010 Modeling early cross-situational name learning in real time. Poster presented at the Mid-Atlantic Colloquium for Studies in Meaning, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, April 10.
2008 The Old English demonstrative: a counterexample to unidirectionality. Paper presented at the LSA annual meeting, Chicago, January 3-6.

▾ Teaching

The Ohio State University
Spring 2018 Instructor, Linguistic Meaning
Spring 2017 Instructor, Introduction to Syntax
Data Science Retreat
Summer 2016 Collaborator on NLP-related instructional materials for Big Data University
Humboldt University of Berlin
Spring 2015 Instructor, Introduction to Pragmatics
University of Pennsylvania
Summer 2012 Instructor, Introduction to Linguistics
Spring 2011 TA, Introduction to Linguistics
Fall 2010 TA, Undergraduate Corpus Linguistics Tutorial
Spring 2010 TA, Introduction to Linguistics
Fall 2009 TA, Language Structure and Verbal Art

▾ Professional Experience

2017 Reviewer, Journal of Logic, Language and Information
2016 Program committee, 41st Penn Linguistics Conference
2016 Reviewer, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics
2016 Co-organizer, CompPrag 2016, a workshop at the DGfS 2016 conference
2015 Reviewer, Semantics & Pragmatics
2015 Mentor for student workshop, ACL 2015
2015 Program committee, 40th Penn Linguistics Conference
2014 Reviewer, Journal of Philosophical Logic
2014 Program committee, 39th Penn Linguistics Conference
2014 Abstract reviewer, Semantics and Philosophy in Europe 7
2012 Abstract reviewer, Penn Linguistics Colloquium 37
2011 Editing committee, Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 17.1
2010 Program committee, NELS annual meeting 41
2010 Editor, Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 16.1
2010 Organizing committee, Penn Linguistics Colloquium 34
2009 Editing committee, Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 15.1
2009 Organizing committee, Penn Linguistics Colloquium 33

▾ Awards and Grants

2016 Collaborator on accepted German Research Foundation (DFG) grant, "Bayesian Approaches to Preference-based Answer Generation in Dialogue"
2016 ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship
2013 University of Pennsylvania President's Award
2008 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship

▾ Technical Skills

  • Proficient in Python, R, Bash, LaTeX
  • Intermediate knowledge of Scala, Spark, SQL
  • Basic knowledge of C, Java, Matlab, HTML
  • Extensive experience with Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics survey platforms
  • Experience with PRAAT, Experiment Builder, E-prime and CorpusSearch

▾ Language Proficiency

  • English: native
  • German: fluent (L2)

Contact info

  • OSU Department of Linguistics
  • Oxley Hall, Office 120
  • 1712 Neil Avenue
  • Columbus, OH, 43201

  • stevens dot four hundred at osu dot edu