Welcome to my website! My name is Atticus Harrigan and I am a PhD Candidate in linguistics at the [University of Alberta](https://www.ualberta.ca/linguistics). My supervisor is Antti Arppe. I am affiliated with the Alberta Language Technology Laboratory (ALTLab). I am also a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. My research mainly focuses on the use of computational and quanitative techniques in the documentation and analysis of lesser resourced languages, especially those of North America. My dissertation investigates the choice of certain formal modes in Plains Cree from a data-drive perspective, using a variety of morphpsemantic features as predictors in a set of mixed-effects regression models. In deriving predictors, I make use of semantic vector models and cluster analysis to identify latent (underlying) verb classes.
Sign Language Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Construction Grammar; Forensic Linguistics
Thesis: Reduction in Plains Cree
Rhetoric and Technical Writing
Apart from being a web developer, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. In the winter, I am an avid skiier and novice ice climber. During the warmer months here in Colorado, I enjoy mountain biking, free climbing, and kayaking.
When forced indoors, I follow a number of sci-fi and fantasy genre movies and television shows, I am an aspiring chef, and I spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest technolgy advancements in the front-end web development world.