Langdon Holmes

PhD Student
Cognition in Context

Nashville, TN 37212

I am a graduate student in the department of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University where I study language learning and educational technology. My research is focused on learner language development, learning analytics, and open science.

My master's thesis investigated phraseologically interesting non-adjacent word combinations, 'collocations':

I am a member of the learning analytics team at the National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (AI-ALOE).

My perspective on language acquisition is that it is mostly a process of acquiring word knowledge, rather than grammatical knowledge. My research primarily focuses on developing metrics of word knowledge. I am exploring how these metrics can be combine with other tools to benefit assessment, dynamic feedback, and personalization in AI-assisted learning.



  • (In progress) PhD in Cognitive Science
    Vanderbilt University
  • M.A. in Linguistics, TESOL specialization, 2021
    California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A. in Comparative Literature, 2016
    University of California, Los Angeles