Research

My area of research is computational semantics. You can go straight to my publications. Or if you want to find out what the heck computational semantics is, read on…

Semantics is the study of meaning. It investigates questions such as: What is meaning? How come words and sentences have meaning? How can the meanings of words combine to form the meaning of sentences? How do we communicate? Why is it that the other day, you had that terrible argument with your best friend about whether some porcelain object was a cup or a mug? Etc, etc.

Computational semantics does semantics with computers. That is, a computational semanticist is someone who codes models that simulate some aspects of meaning. Often, those models are tested by making them perform linguistic tasks and comparing their answers with those of human beings. That way, we experimentally find out whether the theory behind the simulation might explain what goes on in human language.