Israela Becker, Ph.D.
I am a cognitive linguist, curretnly a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Philosophy, Linguistics and Science Studies at Tel-Aviv University, co-supervised by Prof. Mira Ariel and Prof. Rachel Giora.
I hold a master’s degree (2017, summa cum laude) as well as a major (2014, summa cum laude) in linguistics, both from the Department of Linguistics at Tel-Aviv University. I also hold a Ph.D. in chemistry from Tel-Aviv University (1999, with distinction), where I specialized in experimental chemical physics. Over the course of my (prior) Ph.D. studies I worked at the lab of Prof. Mark A. Johnson at Yale University.
I was a senior lecturer at AFEKA – Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering (2000-2013), where I taught chemistry-related courses.
I. Becker and R. Giora. The Defaultness Hypothesis: A quantitative corpus-based study of non/default sarcasm and literalness production. Accepted for publication in Journal of Pragmatics.
R. Giora, I. Jaffe, I. Becker and O. Fein. Strongly attenuating highly positive concepts: The case of default sarcastic interpretations. Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 16 (1), 19-47 (2018) [link].
I. Becker. The good, the not good, and the not beautiful: On the non-obligatoriness of suppression following negation. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 11 (2), 255-283 (2015) [pdf]
I. Becker and V. Aharonson. Last but definitely not least: On the role of the last sentence in automatic polarity-classification. Proceedings of the ACL 2010 Conference (short papers), 331-335, Uppsala, Sweden, 11-16 July 2010 [pdf]
E. Flaxer, I. Becker, and B. Fisherman. An alternative approach in mechatronics curricular development at AFEKA – Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering and at Tel-Aviv University. IJMEE- The International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 36 (3), 266-282 (2008) [pdf]
I. Becker and E. Flaxer. Analyzing the hierarchical organization of text by using biologically-inspired statistical methods. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 15 (4), 318-339 (2008) [pdf]
E. Ben-Jacob, I. Becker, Y. Shapira, and H. Levine. Bacterial linguistic communication and social intelligence. Trends in Microbiology, 12 (8), 366-372 (2004) [pdf]
E. Ben-Jacob, Y. Shapira, I. Becker, N. Raichman, V. Volman, E. Hulata, and I. Baruchi. Communication-based regulated freedom of response in bacterial colonies. Physica A, 330 (1-2), 218-231 (2003) [pdf]
J. M. Weber, J. Kim, E. A. Woronowicz, G. H. Weddle, I. Becker, O. Cheshnovsky, and M. A. Johnson. Observation of resonant two-photon photodetachment of water cluster anions via femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy. Chemical Physics Letters 339, 337-342 (2001) [pdf]
I. Becker and O. Cheshnovsky. Photodetachment studies of extended excited states in I–Xen clusters (n = 1-54). Journal of Chemical Physics 110, 6288-6297 (1999) [pdf]
C. E. H. Dessent, I. Becker, O. Cheshnovsky, and M. A. Johnson. Electron transfer and charge separation in clusters. in Advances in Chemical Physics 106 (part I), 265-302. Wiley Interscience, New York 1999
J. Kim, I. Becker, O. Cheshnovsky, and M. A. Johnson. Photoelectron spectroscopy of the “missing” hydrated electron clusters (H2O)n–, n = 3, 5, 8 and 9: isomers and continuity with the dominant clusters n = 6, 7 and ≥11. Chemical Physics Letters 297, 90-96 (1998) [pdf]
I. Becker and O. Cheshnovsky. A combined mass gate – energy discriminator. Review of Scientific Instruments 68, 4625-4626 (1997) [pdf]
I. Becker, G. Markovich, and O. Cheshnovsky. Bound delocalized excited states in I–Xen clusters. Physical Review Letters 79, 3391-3394 (1997) [pdf]
I. Becker and O. Cheshnovsky. The decay of Pyrazine and Pyrazine-D4 in supersonic jets: Isotope effects. Journal of Chemical Physics 101, 3649-3655 (1994) [pdf]