Deryle W. Lonsdale

Associate Professor
BYU Linguistics and English Language
                             Campus phone: (801) 422-4067
                             Campus address: 4039 JFSB, BYU,
                                                        Provo, UT 84602
                             E-mail address:
                             Fax: (801) 422-0474

Professional and academic overview

  • Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Brigham Young University (since tenure granted in September 2005). Additional BYU affiliations:
  • Native American Studies Program
  • Linguistic Computing Program (1998-2013)
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Neal. A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (2010-2013)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Brigham Young University (January 1998-August 2005).
  • Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University (1997).
  • Dissertation: An Architectural Account of Simultaneous Interpretation.
  • M.S. in Computational Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University (1992).
  • Employment as senior computational linguist, project leader and project manager, Alpnet Inc., Ottawa, Canada and Provo, Utah (1981-1990).
  • Bilingual B.Sc., Faculté Saint-Jean, University of Alberta (1981).
  • French language conversation teacher, Continuing Education night school,  Edmonton City Parks and Recreation, Edmonton, AB, Canada. (Summer 1980).
  • Publication/presentation activities synopsis

  • 100+ peer-reviewed publications (2 books, 10 book chapters, 20 journal articles, 2 book reviews, 72 conference proceedings)
  • 19 other publications, lightly/editorially reviewed or based on abstract submission only (1 book, 12 conference proceedings, 4 technical reports)
  • 220+ professional conference presentations (98 at international venues, 59 at national venues, 70 at regional/local venues)
  • Teaching and mentoring activities synopsis

  • 26 different Linguistics and Linguistic Computing courses taught at BYU (undergraduate and graduate; one cross-listed with Computer Science)
  • Co-directed English Language Study Abroad in Britain, Summer Term 2010
  • 83 student theses and dissertations advised (34 as chair or referee) 
  • Supervision of dozens of recipients of undergraduate mentoring awards, graduate fellowships, and internships
  • BYU College of Humanities Ludwig-Weber-Siebach Professorship (2007-2011) and James L. Barker Lectureship (2011-2012)
  • Funded research activities and awards synopsis

  • Co-PI/consultant on 5 major national/international initiatives: European Union IST/HLT 3.4.1, US NSF CISE-IDM-IIS-0083127 (TIDIE), US NSF CISE-IIS-0414644 (TANGO), US DARPA BOLT-E, SSHRC Insight #435-2015-1694
  • Recipient of several university-level and college-level mentoring environment research grants
  • U.S. Patent # 5,677,835: Integrated authoring and translation system
  • BYU College of Humanities Ludwig-Weber-Siebach Professorship award (2007-2012)
  • Faculty Development Leave: Developing Lushootseed Language Resources (2008)
  • Various funded research and development contracts from external industrial, religious, and university partners
  • Various pro bono consulting projects with Lushootseed Research, The Tulalip Tribes, and the LDS Church
  • Administrative and professional service synopsis

  • Board/program committee member: Linguistic Association of Canada and the US (2006-2009); International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB 2006-2013); Board Member, Soar Consortium (2005-2008)
  • External reviewer for government research funding proposals: US National Science Foundation Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Dutch NWO, Maryland MTECH
  • External reviewer for faculty rank promotion
  • Submissions reviewer for 9 journals, 2 full book manuscripts
  • Submissions reviewer for 15 conferences
  • Volunteer/organizer: several conferences and the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (BYU site)
  • Departmental administration assignments: program coordinator (undergraduate and graduate), faculty rank advancement committee, graduate admissions committee, course scheduling coordinator
  • Research areas and interests

  • Cognitive modeling of natural language use: cognitive architectures, human sentence processing, human-computer/robot interaction, grounding language, task interactions
  • Parsing, the syntax/semantics interface, and semantic representations
  • Analogical modeling and applications
  • Salish language engines for morphological, syntactic, and semantic processing
  • Ontology-based information extraction from free-form and semi-structured text
  • Speech-based tools for language instruction and oral proficiency evaluation
  • Computational methods for corpus, dictionary, and terminology resources
  • Machine learning paradigms for corpus annotation
  • Full details are available here.