Picture of me on a lovely terrasse in the small medieval town of Najac

Picture of me on a lovely terrasse in the small medieval town of Najac

Hi, I’m Michael Goodale. Currently I’m working as a research assistant at Institut Jean-Nicod at École normale supérieure where I am working with Prof. Salvador Mascarenhas. Our current project is looking at pragmatic implicatures in natural language inference systems which is generously funded by a grant from PRAIRIE

My research interests largely lie at the interface of formal semantics, cognitive psychology and natural language processing. I am particularly interested in neurosymbolic models of conceptual processing and reasoning more generally.

I did a master’s degree in cognitive science at ENS where I developed a model of conceptual processing where the core primitives of formal semantics, discrete sets, are replaced with continuous representations, namely manifolds. This was to develop a novel account of privative adjectives, generic statements, and classical reasoning errors like conjunction fallacy. You can find a copy of it here on lingbuzz.

You can download my full résumé here.


  • Can Konuk, Michael Goodale, Tadeg Quillien, Salvador Mascarenhas (2023, July 26). Plural causes in causal judgement. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sydney, Australia. PsyArXiv
  • Michael Goodale. Manifolds as conceptual representations in formal semantics. MA Thesis, École normale supérieure, 2022. LingBuzz
  • Michael Goodale & Salvador Mascarenhas (2022, August 8). Do contextual word embeddings represent richly subsective adjectives more diversely than intersective adjectives? Bridges and Gaps Workshop ESSLLI 2022, Galway, Ireland. Slides Abstract
  • Michael McAuliffe, Arlie Coles, Michael Goodale, Sarah Mihuc, Michael Wagner, Jane Stuart-Smith, and Morgan Sonderegger. ISCAN: a system for integrated phonetic analyses across speech corpora. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2019.