My name is Billy Dickson and I am an editor for books and reviews here at The LINGUIST List. If you are one of our wonderful reviewers, or if you have inquired about a book announcement, you may have met me already! Joining this past January, I am the newest kid on the block. Overall, it has a been an invaluable experience communicating with leading publishers in linguistics, and I am fortunate to be surrounded by all different walks of the field.
My route to linguistics started during my undergraduate at Michigan State University. I began studying computer science, and after a seemingly random choice to enroll in Mandarin, I was hooked! I went on to study abroad in Harbin, China at Harbin Institute of Technology, and later began studying Korean as well! I can’t thank my wonderful professors from MSU enough, they are the reason I am here now studying at our host university Indiana University!
All thanks to this wonderful blessing we call LINGUSIT List, I am currently being funded for my master’s in computational linguistics. I have way (too) many interests, some of which include deep learning approaches to natural language processing, computational semantics, dynamic semantics, philosophy of language, cognitive science, tense, aspect, and modality. Some of my favorite questions to think about are: “what is meaning?” and “what would it mean for artificial systems to truly understand language?”. In my free time I also very much enjoy listening to the Lex Fridman Podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/c/lexfridman.
It is all thanks to your donations that I have had the opportunity to further my education without becoming buried in student debt. Please continue to support LINGUIST List, every little bit counts. Having a firsthand look at the content that moves through this community is extraordinary, and I am deeply grateful to be a part of this world.