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. I’m a PhD student working at Institut Jean-Nicod at École normale supérieure where I am advised by Salvador Mascarenhas and Yair Lakretz. My thesis looks apply different Bayesian inference algorithms to the formalisms that have been developed in theoretical linguistics in order to model language acquisition as well as ways of connecting formal linguistic representations with what is learnt by neural network models.

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.


  • Michael Goodale, Salvador Mascarenhas (2023, December 16). Fodor and Pylyshyn’s systematicity challenge still stands: A reply to Lake and Baroni (2023) (Manuscript under review, Lingbuzz)
  • Michael Goodale (2023, November 17). Sense as sampling propensity. 13th Paris Amsterdam Logic Meeting of Young Researchers. Slides Handout
  • Michael Goodale, Salvador Mascarenhas (2023). Systematic polysemy in adjective-noun combination in contextual word embeddings. LingBuzz
  • 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.