Professor Ann Copestake MA DPhil


  • Professor in Computational Linguistics & Deputy Head of Department, CU Computer Laboratory

Ann's research is in Computational Linguistics - developing computer models of human languages (or, more precisely, models of some aspects of human languages). Some of her work is application-oriented: in particular, over the last few years, her group has been looking at extracting various types of information from scientific text. More theoretical research mainly concerns semantics, in particular the way that sentence meaning (compositional semantics) can be formalized and how this interacts with word meaning (lexical semantics) and pragmatics. As part of an informal international consortium, she has developed software which has been used to develop formal computational accounts of many different languages.

Ann works in the computer science department but has collaborated with people working in linguistics, mathematics, philosophy and psychology.

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