Terry Regier

Professor, Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Director, Cognitive Science Program

Email: firstname dot lastname at berkeley dot edu
Office: Dwinelle 1221 (office hours MW 11-12)
Lab: Evans 553-555

My research investigates the relation of language and cognition, through computational methods, behavioral experiments, and cross-language semantic data. I seek to understand why semantic categories vary across languages in the ways they do, and what that cross-language variation reveals about the mind and about communication. My work is centered in the Language and Cognition Lab, which I direct. Here is a recent CV.

Some representative publications:

Charles Kemp, Yang Xu, and Terry Regier (2018). Semantic typology and efficient communication. Annual Review of Linguistics, 4, 109-128. [Preprint]

Terry Regier and Yang Xu (2017). The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and inference under uncertainty. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, e1440. [Preprint]

Terry Regier, Alexandra Carstensen, and Charles Kemp (2016). Languages support efficient communication about the environment: Words for snow revisited. PLOS ONE 11(4): e0151138.

Yang Xu, Terry Regier, and Barbara C. Malt (2016). Historical semantic chaining and efficient communication: The case of container names. Cognitive Science, 40, 2081-2094. [Supplementary material]

Terry Regier, Naveen Khetarpal, and Asifa Majid (2013). Inferring semantic maps. Linguistic Typology, 17, 89-105. [Preprint] [Supplementary material]

Charles Kemp and Terry Regier (2012). Kinship categories across languages reflect general communicative principles. Science, 336, 1049-1054. [Preprint] [Commentary by S. Levinson] [Supplementary material] [Project page] [FAQ]