Angus B. Grieve-Smith
Angus B. Grieve-Smith, Ph.D.
Linguist and programmer
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I'm Angus Grieve-Smith, a linguist and computer programmer. I currently work as a Web Developer for the New School, a hundred-year-old university in New York City, where I've written the PHP and React mobile apps that let students know how much money they have to spend in their meal plans, where to find the right printer, and what hours the computer labs are open.

Previously I've worked at Columbia University, where I wrote Python and Javascript for hits such as the third-generation Photo Roster, and the Mailtool that allows professors to easily notify their students when unforeseen circumstances keep them from class. At New York University I contributed to Java and Python natural language processing applications for information extraction.

As an independent consultant I created an app that let people reserve car service rides online, years before Uber. I have also created several free web apps, like the Twitter bot @everytreenyc (with Timm Dapper, Elber Carneiro and Laura Silver), the StokoeTempo font for writing American Sign Language, the Red Guide to Temp Agencies (with Ezra Story) and Fiboro Bridges.

My current big linguistics project is the Digital Parisian Stage, a representative corpus of nineteenth century theater available for free on GitHub. My book on this corpus Building a Representative Theater Corpus: A Broader View of Nineteenth-Century French (2019) is available from Palgrave. In 2018 I created the Twitter bot @spectacles_xix, which tweets about plays that premièred on the Parisian stage on this day two hundred years ago.

I earned a PhD from the University of New Mexico in 2009; my dissertation The Spread of Change in French Negation found that the changes in negation since 1500 are consistent with a usage-based pattern of analogical extension. In my early doctoral research I created the SignSynth prototype ASL text-to-sign system.

I have also done research on categorization and conflicts over categorization, with a particular focus on the category of "transgender" and the real-world implications of membership in that category. This is a matter of personal interest to me as a person who fits in some definitions of "transgender" but not others.

I'm happy creating new applications at the New School, but I also love studying languages. If you're interested in collaborating on a language-related project, please get in touch!