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Curriculum Vitae

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Email: kgr at jhu dot edu or rawlins at gmail dot com

Office: Krieger Hall 149

Mailing address:
Kyle Rawlins
Cognitive Science Department
Johns Hopkins University
Room 237 Krieger Hall
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218

Research interests & publications

Areas of interest: Semantics, pragmatics, computational modeling, philosophy of language, computational semantics, experimental linguistics, crowdsourcing, syntax.

Empirical domains: interrogatives/questions, question-answer discourse, clause-embedding, conditionals, adverbs and modification, lexical semantics, definiteness.

Srinivas & Rawlins to appear; Rawlins to appear; Bledin & Rawlins in press; Bledin & Rawlins 2019; Frana & Rawlins 2019; Kim et al. 2019; Rissman, Rawlins & Landau 2019; White et al. 2019

Most recent publications (see all):

  1. Srinivas, Sadhwi & Kyle Rawlins. to appear. An experimental investigation of the role of uniqueness and familiarity in interpreting definite descriptions. In Nari Rhee & Ryan Budnick (eds.), Proceedings of PLC 43, Vol. 26.
  2. Rawlins, Kyle. to appear. Biscuit conditionals. In Semantics Companion, Blackwell.
  3. Bledin, Justin & Kyle Rawlins. in press. Resistance and Resolution in Discourse. Journal of Semantics.
  4. Bledin, Justin & Kyle Rawlins. 2019. What if? Semantics & Pragmatics (Early Access) 12(14). DOI: 10.3765/sp.12.14
  5. Frana, Ilaria & Kyle Rawlins. 2019. Attitudes in discourse: Italian polar questions and the particle ‘mica.’ Semantics & Pragmatics (Early Access) 12(16). DOI: 10.3765/sp.12.16
  6. Kim, Najoung, Kyle Rawlins, Benjamin Van Durme & Paul Smolensky. 2019. Predicting argumenthood of English preposition phrases. In Proceedings of the 33rd AAAI conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2019), 6578–6585. DOI: 10.1609/aaai.v33i01.33016578
  7. Rissman, Lilia, Kyle Rawlins & Barbara Landau. 2019. Event Participants and Verbal Semantics: Non-Discrete Structure in English, Spanish and Mandarin. In A. K. Goel, C. M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 960–966. Download: https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2019/papers/0180/index.html
  8. White, Aaron Steven, Elias Stengel-Eskin, Siddharth Vashishtha, Venkata Govindarajan, Dee Ann Reisinger, Tim Vieira, Keisuke Sakaguchi, Sheng Zhang, Francis Ferraro, Rachel Rudinger, Kyle Rawlins & Benjamin Van Durme. 2019. The Universal Decompositional Semantics Dataset and Decomp Toolkit. Download: https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.13851

See this page or my PDF CV for a full publications list, as well as the Research pages for a thematic presentation.


I regularly teach classes on theoretical and computational semantics, mathematical foundations of cognitive science, and language & advertising. I also teach graduate seminars in special topics related to semantics, pragmatics, and computational semantics.

Fall 2019: On research leave

Spring 2020: Mathematical models of language. Graduate seminar TBD.

Past: Go here


2017- : Associate Professor, JHU Cognitive Science
2010-2017: Assistant Professor, JHU Cognitive Science
2008-2010: Visiting Assistant Professor, JHU Cognitive Science
2003-2008: PhD in Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz
1998-2003: BA/BS in Linguistics and Computer Science at UMass Amherst


I have been the faculty advisor of the JHU Go Club (facebook group), which is currently dormant.

Hobbies: sometimes I create music; see my music website and soundcloud page. I also sometimes participate in the development of the open source game DCSS, where I am a devteam member since 2017.