• davidmortensen@gmail.com

Work Experience

Research Scientist

Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

August 2015—present

My responsibilities include designing and populating a database of linguistic typology and language universals, developing tools for automatically extracting feature values from corpora, and providing linguistic consulting to computer scientists working with annotated data resources.

Visiting Researcher

Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

May 2014—Oct 2014

Refined rules for converting a treebank of constituency trees to dependency trees. Collaborated with computer scientists in the rapid development of named entity recognition systems for under-resourced languages. Participated in the evaluation of an unsupervised morphological analyzer.

Assistant Professor

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Linguistics

Aug 2006—Apr 2014

Published linguistics research in peer-reviewed journals. Carried out linguistic fieldwork on underdescribed languages. Performed corpus-based, quantitative and qualitative research on the word structure of a minority language (Python/NLTK). Developed WebComparator, a web-based software package for managing comparative linguistic data and performing comparative reconstruction (Haskell/SQLite). Taught four courses per year in various subfields of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, field methods, and linguistic typology. Trained undergraduate and graduate students in theoretical and field linguistics, cultivating excellent communication and mentoring skills. Oversaw research assistants using strong managerial skills. Supervised two MA thesis, one PhD dissertation, and participated in numerous MA and PhD committees.

Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Department of Linguistics

May 2003—May 2006

Developed, as part of a team, a web application (Perl/MySQL) for etymological analysis and management of comparative linguistic data. Migrated a large, multilingual lexical database from FileMaker to MySQL. Authored tools for organizing and typesetting an English-Lahu dictionary (Python/LaTeX).