Deryle W. Lonsdale

Associate Professor
BYU Department of Linguistics
                             Campus phone: (801) 422-4067
                             Campus address: 4039 JFSB, BYU,
                                                        Provo, UT 84602
                             E-mail address:

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

  • 114 peer-reviewed publications (2 books, 12 book chapters, 21 journal articles, 2 book reviews, 77 conference proceedings)
  • Authorship: sole (10), undergraduate co-authors (21), graduate co-authors (52), faculty co-authors (27)
  • 18 other publications, lightly/editorially reviewed or based on abstract submission only (1 book, 1 book chapter, 11 conference proceedings, 5 technical reports)
  • 234 professional conference presentations (104 at international venues, 59 at national venues, 71 at regional/local venues)
  • Presentership: sole (93), undergraduate co-presenters (49), graduate co-presenters (57), faculty co-presenters (31)
  • Teaching and mentoring activities synopsis

  • 28 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
  • 100 student theses and dissertations advised (42 as chair or referee) 
  • Supervision of dozens of recipients of undergraduate mentoring awards, graduate fellowships, and internships
  • Funded research activities and awards synopsis

  • Co-PI/consultant on 5 major national/international initiatives (total awards > $1 million):
  • European Union Fifth Framework IST/HLT 3.4.1: Standards-based Access service to multilingual Lexicons and Terminologies (SALT)
  • US National Science Foundation (NSF) CISE-IDM-IIS-0083127: Target-Based Document-Independent Information Extraction (TIDIE)
  • US National Science Foundation (NSF) CISE-IIS-0414644:  Table Analysis for Semiautomatic Generation of Ontologies (TANGO)
  • US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) BAA-11-40 BOLT-E: Grounded Language Acquisition
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight #435-2015-1694: Enhancing lexical resources for BC First Nations languages
  • 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)
  • BYU College of Humanities James L. Barker Lectureship (2011-2012)
  • Faculty Development Leave: Developing Lushootseed Language Resources (2008)
  • Various funded research and development contracts from external governmental, industrial, religious, and university partners
  • Various pro bono consulting projects with Lushootseed Research, The Tulalip Tribes, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Administrative and professional service synopsis

  • Board/program committee member: Linguistic Association of Canada and the US (2006-2009; 2019-present); International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB 2006-2014, 2016-present); Soar Consortium (2005-2008); Workshop on Technology for Family History and Genealogy / RootsTech (BYU, 2001-2003, 2007-2009, 2012-present).
  • External reviewer for government research funding proposals: US National Science Foundation (NSF) Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Documenting Endangered Languages; Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO); Maryland MTECH Business Plan
  • External reviewer for faculty rank promotion
  • Submissions reviewer for 15 journals, 5 full book manuscripts
  • Submissions reviewer for 25 different conferences (many recurrent over the years)
  • 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
  • Service Missionary: Project Engineering Technology Researcher ( and the Family History Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2017-present)
  • 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 lexicographic and language tools for lexical, 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
  • Courses taught

  • Ling 201 Introduction to Linguistics (Modern)
  • Ling 230 Meaning in Language
  • Ling 240 Linguistic Tools I
  • Ling 320 Morphology
  • Ling 330 Introduction to Linguistics
  • Ling 332 Semantics
  • Ling 361 Speech applications programming
  • CHum 387 Programming Humanities Applications 2 (Parsing and grammar engineering)
  • CHum 387 Programming Humanities Applications 2 (Speech applications programming) (aka LingC 361)
  • Ling 440 Linguistic Tools II
  • ELang 468 Varieties of English (English Language in Britain Study Abroad, Summer Term 2010)
  • International and Area Studies 201R
  • Ling 427 Phonology and Morphology
  • Ling 430 Theoretical Syntax
  • Ling 480 Problems in Translation
  • Ling 521 Phonology
  • Ling 535 Semantics
  • Ling 580R Modeling of Language Use
  • Ling 580R Language and Cognition
  • Ling 581 Natural Language Processing (aka Computer Science 501R)
  • Ling 590R Minimalism
  • Ling 590R Biblical Hebrew Morphosyntax
  • Ling 602 Structure of Language
  • Ling 615 Analogical Modeling of Language
  • Ling 652 Advanced Morphology (formerly Ling 580R Morphological Theory)
  • Ling 653 Advanced Syntax (formerly Ling 630 Syntactic Theory)
  • Ling 654 Advanced Semantics (formerly Ling 580R Formal Semantics)
  • Ling 690 Seminar: Language, Cognition, and Cognitive Modeling
  • Sample recent peer-reviewed publications

    Duane K. Dougal and Deryle W. Lonsdale (2020). Improving NMT Quality Using Terminology Injection. Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020); European Language Resources Association (ELRA); Marseille, France; pp. 4820-4827.

    Michael Grant White and Deryle W. Lonsdale (2019). Verbs in Egyptian Arabic: a case for register variation. In: Mahmoud El-haj, Paul Rayson, Eric Atwell, and Lama Alsudias (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Arabic Corpus Linguistics (WACL-3); ACL Anthology W19-5608; Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 60-71. ISBN 978-1-950737-32-1.

    Deryle Lonsdale (2018). Discourse centering and zero arguments in Lushootseed. In: Lisa Matthewson, Erin Guntly, Marianne Huijsmans, and Michael Rochemont (Eds.) Wa7 xweysás i nqwal’utteníha i ucwalmícwa: He loves the people’s languages. Essays in honour of Henry Davis, pp. 357-368. Vancouver, BC, Canada: UBC Press. ISBN 978-0-88865-307-9.

    David W. Embley, Stephen W. Liddle, Deryle W. Lonsdale, and Scott N. Woodfield (2018). Ontological Document Reading: An Experience Report. Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures---International Journal of Conceptual Modeling: Special Issue on Conceptual Modelling in Honour of Heinrich C. Mayr, Vol. 13 Num. 2, pp. 133-181. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (The German Informatics Society)

    Peter Lindes, Deryle Lonsdale, and David Embley (2015). Ontology-based Information Extraction with a Cognitive Agent. Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Conference on Artificial Intelligence by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2015), pp. 558-564; AAAI Press, Palo Alto, CA; ISBN 978-1-57735-698-1.

    Kevin Black, Eric Ringger, Paul Felt, Kevin Seppi, Kristian Heal and Deryle Lonsdale (2014). Evaluating Lemmatization Models for Machine-Assisted Corpus-Dictionary Linkage; In: N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, T. Declerck, H. Loftsson, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, A. Moreno, J. Odijk and S Piperidis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14) , pp. 3798-3805; European Language Resources Association (ELRA); ISBN 978-2-9517408-8-4.

    Paul Felt, Eric K. Ringger, Kevin Seppi, Kristian S. Heal, Robbie A. Haertel, and Deryle Lonsdale (2014). Evaluating machine-assisted annotation in under-resourced settings. Language Resources & Evaluation 48(4):561-599. Springer Science+Business Media, (Online publication date: November 2013).

    Benjamin Millard and Deryle Lonsdale; French Oral Proficiency Assessment: Speech Recognition (2014). In: Marie-Hélène Côté and Éric Mathieu (Eds.) Variation Within and Across Romance Languages; Selected Papers from the 41st Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), pp. 401-416. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, vol. 333. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. ISBN 9789027248527.

    Sample recent professional presentations

    Parsing an ASL Corpus with Categorial Grammar; Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST 2020); Paris, France; June 2020 (virtual due to Covid-19).  [co-author: Michael A. Nix]

    A Japanese Accent Database for L2 Learners; New Sounds 2019: 9th International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech; Waseda University, Japan; August 2019.  [co-author: J. Adam Fidler]

    Using Eye Tracking to Examine Morphological Features and Working Memory Capacity in Agreement Processing. 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2019), Palais des Congrès, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 2019. [co-author: Erik Arnold]

    Creole Genesis and Universality: Core Indispensable Features. 44th Forum of the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, July 2017. [co-author: Gerald T. Snow]

    Pragmatic Quality Assessment for Automatically Extracted Data. The 35th  International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2016), Nagaragawa International Convention Center, Gifu, Japan. [co-authors: Scott N. Woodfield, Stephen W. Liddle, Tae Woo Kim, David W. Embley, Christopher Almquist]

    Corpus support for variable second-position clitics in Syriac. 1st GSCL/CEDIFOR-Workshop on Corpora and Resources for Low Resource Languages with a Special Focus on Historical Languages (CrILL-HL 2016). Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. [co-authors: Patrick Brendon Pearson and Kristian Heal]

    A survey of online Salish dictionaries. 20th Biennial Dictionary Society of North America Meeting (DSNA-20), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 2015.

    Auf dem Holzweg: Garden Path Sentences and other Parsing Difficulties in German. 21st Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference, Provo, UT, May 2015. [co-author: Gerald T. Snow]

    Introducing the online Lushootseed Dictionary. 49th International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages (ICSNL), Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, ID, August 2014.

    Combining elicited imitation and fluency features for oral proficiency measurement. Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14), Harpa Conference Center, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 2014. [co-author: Carl Christensen]

    Student achievement and French sentence repetition test scores. Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14), Harpa Conference Center, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 2014. [co-author: Benjamin Millard]

    Later rather than sooner: cognitive modeling of language use; Sixth Illinois Language and Linguistics Society Conference (ILLS); University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL; April 2014 [invited keynote]

    Listening to the architecture; JGC60: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Jaime G. Carbonell; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2014.

    More information

    Google Scholar publication metrics: # citations=2568; h-index=24; i10-index=35 (as of 23 Oct 2020)
    Microsoft Academic publication metrics: # citations=2112; # publications=96 (as of 23 Oct 2020)

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