I am a linguist with a PhD from the Program in Applied Linguistics at Boston University. Broadly, my main areas of interest in linguistics are discourse, pragmatics, semantics, and phonetics. I am very interested in both corpus linguistic methods and applications of computational linguistics to theoretical linguistic study.
I did my MA and PhD coursework at Boston University, MIT, and Brandeis University. I was a founding member of the group Computational Linguistics at Boston University.
Some topics I am working on or have worked on:
- describing word meaning by profiling words in corpora
- syntagmatic word relations such as collocation and colligation
- paradigmatic word relations such as synonymy, antonymy and polysemy
- identifying the meanings of a word by analyzing translations in a parallel corpus
- evaluating the semantic prosody of discourse entities by looking at collocation in a corpus
- evidentiality and the way sources are quoted in political news reporting
- citation practices in academic writing
- optimal ways of designing software for use by linguists
- ways of combining automated and manual methods in discourse analysis
I spend a lot of time designing software for linguists to use. For an overview, see Programming.
I also am fairly active in corpus complilation. I have been involved in the creation of linguistic corpora of various types of language:
- Early Modern English witness depositions
- On-line collaborative learning activities
- university student essays
- discipline-specific articles in political science, perinatology, etc.
- political reporting in newspapers
- possessive noun phrases
Here you can download my Curriculum Vitae.
The langauges I work with most are English, Spanish, and Swedish, but I also speak Portuguese, German, and French. I have managed to learn and then forget a fair amount of Japanese.
To come: download of my PhD thesis