Masoud Jasbi


To understand language, we rely on mental representations of what words mean. What constitutes these representations and how are they learned? My research program addresses this overarching question by investigating adults' comprehension and children's acquisition of function words, more specifically logical words such as and, or, and not.

To build a comprehensive theory for representaiton and acquisition of functional meaning, my research strives to combine insights from formal and theoretical semantics with experimental methods in psycholinguistics, and computational modeling techniques in statistics and machine learning.