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About Jonathan Howell

My research examines the role of prosody (e.g. stress, intonation, rhythm) in determining meaning in English, in particular the phenomenon of focus.  The long-term objective of my research is a model of focus that is both computationally effective, for the purpose of representing and detecting focus in language technologies, and scientifically transparent, in order to understand how focus is realized acoustically and conditioned pragmatically by human speakers. 

I am also interested in scientific literacy instruction and I have published on the topics of numeracy and information literacy in traditionally non-STEM fields.

Positions

September 2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Montclair State University Linguistics
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July 2012 - June 2013 Limited Term Appointment, Brock University ‐ Department of Applied Linguistics
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2011 - 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University ‐ Department of Linguistics
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2017 - Present Establishing a ground truth for focus placement
National Science Foundation - 1737846
EAGER: Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1737846&HistoricalAwards=false
$105,894
2010 - 2013 Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web
National Science Foundation - 1035151
Digging into Data Challege
Role: Collaborator
Colleague(s): Mats Rooth and Michael Wagner
$100,000
2010 - 2013 Harvesting Speech Datasets for Linguistic Research on the Web
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Digging into Data
Role: Collaborator
Colleague(s): Mats Rooth and Michael Wagner
$100,000
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Education

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2012 MA/PhD Linguistics, Cornell University ‐ Department of Linguistics
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2003 BA Honours (Linguistics Major, English minor, French minor), University of British Columbia ‐ Department of Linguistics
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Articles (3)

Conference Proceedings (1)

Contributions to Books (2)