Bran[don] Papineau


Digital Humanist

PhD Candidate

Bran[don] Papineau


Digital Humanist

PhD Candidate

About Me

Salutations! I’m Brandon Papineau, but you can call me Bran. I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in Linguistics at Stanford University. I float between socio- and psycholinguistics, with a primary goal of using these lenses to examine the role of political identity and ideology in language change and variation.

Recent Activity

  • Holtz, A. & Papineau, B. (2023). Examining the female-talker default in experimental language acquisition researchJournal of Infant and Child Development
  • Hernandez, A., Papineau,  B., Tano, M., Velasquez, A., Zhang, H., Podesva, R. (DH)ere’s more than one way to strengthen a fricative: Voiced interdentals in a diverse sample of Californians. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 51. Queen’s College, October 13- 15, 2023.

My Research at a Glance

Political Ideology & Language Variation
Case Variation in Finnish
Sociophonetic Variation
Linguistic Identity Construction in Popular Music
Fun Facts
5 Languages Studied
Reformed Theatre Kid
Dog Parent to Dionysus
Short Resume
Teaching Assistant
2021 - Present
Teaching Assistant
Stanford University

Language, Gender, and Sexuality (2021-2022)

Introduction to Psycholinguistics (2022-2023)

Methods in Psycholinguistics (2023-2024)

2020 - Present
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

PhD Candidate

2020 - 2023
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Masters of Arts, Linguistics

2016 - 2020
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland

Master of Arts (Honors), First Class Distinction, Linguistics

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Mandarin
  • LaTeX
  • R
  • Python
  • JavaScript, CSS, HTML

Publications (most recent first)

Examining the female-talker default in experimental language acquisition research
Holtz, A. & Papineau, B. (2023)
Journal of Infant and Child Development

🦅 CAW-coref: Conjunction-Aware Word-level Coreference Resolution
D’Ooserlinck, K., Bitew, SK., Papineau, B., Potts, C., Demeester, T., Develder, C. (2023)
Sixth Workshop on Computational Models of Reference, Anaphora and Coreference [EMNLP 2023]

‘Sally the Congressperson’: The Role of Individual Ideology on the Processing and Production of English Gender-Neutral Role Nouns
Papineau, B., Podesva, R., Degen, J. (2022)
Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society

“Hooked on Celebri[ɾ]y”: Intervocalic /t/ in the Speech and Song of Nina Nesbitt
Papineau, B. (2020)
Lifespans & Styles 6(2)


Political Identity & Language Variation

Much of my work has examined the role that political ideology (and their interconnected social ideologies) play on language variation and change. I am working on a variety of projects under this umbrella, including the role of political ideology on the production of gender-neutral role nouns such as congressperson (Papineau et al., 2022). Currently, I am working on a project that examines the way the alt-right news site Breitbart employs language to delegitimize and demonize trans and non-binary individuals.

Itkonen Structures: Case Variation in Embedded Finish Clauses

This project, a collaboration with Madelaine O’Reilly-Brown and Arto Anttila, examines variation of case in a particular set of Finnish embedded clauses known as “Itkonen Structures”. We build on work carried out by Itkonen in the 1970s, corroborating the claim of a change in progress with present-day data. An early version of this work was presented as a poster at the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics Symposium in 2022; the poster is available upon request.

In the spirit of lifting up other junior scholars, I’m providing here links to the websites of some of my friends. You know, just in case you’re bored of looking at my website and research.

But in all seriousness, please do check out these other wonderful scholars! They’re all doing magnificent work, and I’m proud to call them my friends and colleagues!