Parker Brody

PhD Candidate

Yale University


I am a PhD Candidate in the Yale University Department of Linguistics. My research interests include computational and mathematical methods for linguistic inquiry, historical linguistics, linguistic typology, and morphological theory. I am also interested in the application of modern computational tools for linguistic analysis to new domains of inquiry.


  • Computational Linguistics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Linguistic Typology
  • Morphological Theory


  • Master of Philosophy in Linguistics, 2018

    Yale University

  • Master of Arts in Linguistics, 2016

    Yale University

  • Master of Arts in Linguistic Theory and Typology, 2014

    University of Kentucky

  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish Language, 2008

    University of Kentucky




Pama-Nyungan verb classes

Computational phylogenetic reconstruction of Pama-Nyungan verb conjugation classes.

Multiple Exponence in Kiranti

A diachronic account of Kiranti multiple agreement.

Computational tools for low-resource languages

Automatic morphological segmentation of Bardi paradigms.



Quantitative Linguistics

Teaching Fellow, Yale University Department of Linguistics

Aug 2019 – Present
With Chelsea Sanker. Statistical approaches to modeling and interpreting experimental linguistic data using R.

Illusions of Language

Teaching Fellow, Yale University Department of Linguistics

Jan 2018 – May 2018
With Matthew Barros. Introduction to linguistics, with special emphasis on microvariation and psycholinguistics.

Language and Computation I

Teaching Fellow, Yale University Department of Linguistics

Aug 2017 – Dec 2017
With Robert Frank. Design and analysis of computational models of language. Finite state tools, computational morphology and phonology, grammar and parsing, lexical semantics, and the use of linguistic models in applied problems.

Natural Language Processing

Teaching Fellow, Yale University Department of Linguistics

Jan 2017 – May 2017
With Dragomir Radev. Linguistic, mathematical, and computational fundamentals of natural language processing. Part of speech tagging, Hidden Markov models, syntax and parsing, lexical semantics, compositional semantics, machine translation, text classification, discourse, and dialogue processing.

Formal Foundations of Linguistic Theory

Teaching Fellow, Yale University Department of Linguistics

Aug 2016 – Dec 2016
With Robert Frank. Study of formal systems that play an important role in the scientific study of language. Set theory, graphs and discrete structures, algebras, formal language, and automata theory.

Composition and Communication II

Primary Instructor, University of Kentucky Deparment of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

Jan 2014 – May 2014
General education course focused on integrated oral, written, and visual communication skill development emphasizing critical inquiry and research.

Composition and Communication I

Primary Instructor, University of Kentucky Deparment of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

Aug 2013 – Dec 2013
General education course designed to engage students in composing and communicating ideas using speech, writing, and visuals.



Editorial Assistant


Jul 2019 – Present
Revision and style edits of journal articles. Coordinating communication with authors throughout the publishing process.

Linguistic Consultant

Lausanne Business Solutions

Aug 2018 – Present
Linguistic consulting on a variety of Natural Language Processing projects, including development and localization of models of natural language for a Fortune 100 technology company.

Organizing Committee

SYNC 2017 Conference

Dec 2017 – Dec 2017
Oversaw abstract submission, review, acceptance, and scheduling; Chaired Morphology session; Logistical and technical support for the conference.


Yale Historical and Pama-Nyungan Lab

Aug 2015 – Present
Collaboration on research projects focused on the prehistory and modern features of Pama-Nyungan languages and issues in historical linguistics.

Organizing Committee

Yale Linguistics Monday Colloquium Series

Aug 2015 – May 2016
Organized a recurring colloquium series featuring invited speakers from a variety of subfields of linguistics; Responsible for generating shortlist of candidates, contact and logistics for invited speakers and venue.

Writing Consultant

University of Kentucky Writing Center

Aug 2012 – May 2013
Taught and tutored writing skills and revision strategies for clients at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty level; Collaborative individual revision sessions for research papers, dissertations, general coursework, and scholarship applications.


  • parker.brody@yale.edu
  • 370 Temple St (Dow Hall), New Haven, CT 06511
  • Office Hours Fall 2019: Fridays 12:30 to 1:30 PM and by appointment