Gregory Scontras


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Evaluating a Century of Progress on the Cognitive Science of Adjective Ordering
William Dyer | Charles Torres | Gregory Scontras | Richard Futrell
Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Volume 11

The literature on adjective ordering abounds with proposals meant to account for why certain adjectives appear before others in multi-adjective strings (e.g., the small brown box). However, these proposals have been developed and tested primarily in isolation and based on English; few researchers have looked at the combined performance of multiple factors in the determination of adjective order, and few have evaluated predictors across multiple languages. The current work approaches both of these objectives by using technologies and datasets from natural language processing to look at the combined performance of existing proposals across 32 languages. Comparing this performance with both random and idealized baselines, we show that the literature on adjective ordering has made significant meaningful progress across its many decades, but there remains quite a gap yet to be explained.


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Every quantifier isn’t the same: Informativity matters for ambiguity resolution in quantifier-negation sentences
Noa Attali | Gregory Scontras | Lisa S. Pearl
Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics 2021