Justin Hugues-Nuger

I am a computational linguist working at Grammarly in San Francisco, California. My research interests include statistical and grammar-based language modeling, spoken dialogue systems, natural language processing and understanding, speech recognition, ontology design, theoretical syntax, and Austronesian languages.

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About Me

Justin Hugues-Nuger

Contrary to popular belief, I am not Canadian — I was born in Ohio. In English, my name is pronounced ['ʤʌs.tin hjuwgz.'nuw.ʤɚ], but it's [ʒys.'tẽ yg.ny.'ʒe] in French. When I'm not doing linguistics, I enjoy reading pretentious novels and unpretentious magazines, discussing complicated things in simple ways, having fun with good friends, and doing just about anything with boisterous, intelligent people. I have lived in Montréal, Micronesia, the South of France, the Deep South, former East Germany, Washington DC, and now I'm back where I grew up — the San Francisco Bay Area. Watching sports on TV makes me bored, but I like going to games in real life. I love anything hot or cold: e.g., beach days, ski trips, spicy food, popsicles, celebrities, and eskimos. I also enjoy unpredictability and therefore both appreciate and eschew spontaneity, depending on the situation. I become extremely happy during the Olympics, and the rest of my life takes a backseat. I randomly have semi-official certifications in bartending, scuba diving, and German/French fluency. I bought my first car at age 39, and I don't know how to ride a bicycle. I played trumpet for ten years and then abruptly stopped. Sometimes I pretend I am artistic. I once played an ensemble part in Federico García Lorca's Bodas de Sangre even though I did not understand my Spanish lines. I love rabbits. I don't know what else to write.

Research Output

Hugues-Nuger, Justin. 2022. Bootstrapping Annotated Out-of-Domain Data to Optimize BERT NLU Acuracy: Results and lessons learned. Presented in Amazon Music's Science Guild presentation series, 10 March 2022. San Francisco.

Hugues-Nuger, Justin. 2021. On NLU Grammar Optimization: Methodology and metrics to optimize for latency, coverage, accuracy, and readability. Presented in Amazon's Language Engineering League presentation series, 28 September 2021. San Francisco.

Hugues-Nuger, Justin. 2019. Optimizing NLU Accuracy in the TV Domain. Poster presented at the 12th Annual Nuance Research Conference, 11 March 2019. Cambridge, Mass.

Nuger, Justin. 2016. Building Predicates. Dordrecht: Springer.
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Vadlapudi, Ravikiran, Ekaterina Buyko, Xi Chen, Yi Chu, Justin Nuger, and Anushree Venkatesh. 2015. Classifying the Intents of Fragment Inputs in Natural Language Understanding. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Nuance Research Conference, 18 March 2015. Montréal.

Nuger, Justin. 2015. Towards Self-Tuning ASR: Grammar Optimization with Synthetic TTS Audio. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Nuance Research Conference, 16 March 2015. Montréal.

Nuger, Justin. 2014. Levels of Abstraction in Custom Pronunciation Generation for Speech Recognition. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Nuance Research Conference, 18 March 2014. Boston.

Nuger, Justin. 2011b. Definiteness Distinctions in a Language with One Determiner. Paper presented at Workshop on Languages with and without Articles 2011, 04 March 2011. Paris: CNRS/Université de Paris-8. [handout]

Nuger, Justin. 2011a. The Syntactic Structure of Palauan Resultatives. In Lauren Friedman (ed.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium, 165–174. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 17.1.

Nuger, Justin. 2010c. Implicit Arguments and Unaccusative Syntax: Evidence from Palauan. In Proceedings of AFLA 17. London, Ont.: AFLA Proceedings Project.

Nuger, Justin. 2010b. Discontiguous Reduplication in a Local Variety of Malay. In Raphael Mercado, Eric Potsdam, and Lisa deMena Travis (eds.) Austronesian and Theoretical Linguistics, 45–64. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
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Nuger, Justin. 2010a. Architecture of the Palauan Verbal Complex. Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Nuger, Justin. 2009. On Downward-Entailing Existentials and Differential Object Marking in Palauan. In Sandra Chung, Daniel Finer, Ileana Paul, and Eric Potsdam (eds.), Proceedings of AFLA 16, 137–151. London, Ont.: AFLA Proceedings Project.

Saba Kirchner, Jesse, Justin Nuger, and Yi Zhang. 2009. An Extensible Crosslinguistic Readability Framework. In Proceedings of ACL 2009, 2nd Workshop on Building and Using Comparable Corpora, 11–18. Singapore: ACL and AFNLP.

Alexiadou, Artemis, Jorge Hankamer, Thomas McFadden, Justin Nuger, and Florian Schäfer. 2009. Advances in Comparative Germanic Syntax. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. xv + 395 pp.
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Nuger, Justin. 2008. Variations on the Palauan Theme. Manuscript, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Nuger, Justin. 2007. The Case of Objects. Manuscript, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Nuger, Justin. 2006. Discontinguous Reduplication. Manuscript, University of California, Santa Cruz. [ROA-831]