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Professor Ann Copestake

Natural Language Processing; computational linguistics; semantics
Professor Ann Copestake

Professor of Computational Linguistics

Head of Dept. of Computer Science & Technology

Co-Director of Cambridge Language Sciences

Natural Language Processing

Computational Linguistics


Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 334615

Departments and Institutes

Dept. of Computer Sciences and Technology:
Professor of Computational Linguistics

Research Interests

My research is in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing - developing computer models of human languages (or, more precisely, models of some aspects of human languages).   In conjunction with DELPH-IN, an informal international consortium, I have developed software which has been used to develop formal computational accounts of the syntax and compositional semantics of many different languages. Apart from DELPH-IN, my current research mainly concerns semantics: I aim to develop models of compositional and lexical semantics which are compatible with broad-coverage computational processing (parsing and generation).  I've worked on a variety of application areas including scientific text processing, information extraction, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), machine translation, Natural Language Interfaces, lexical acquisition and on tools for lexicographers.


  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computational linguistics
  • Semantics
  • Logic

Key Publications

Ann Copestake Implementing Typed Feature Structure Grammars, CSLI Publications, 2002

Ann Copestake, Dan Flickinger, Ivan Sag and Carl Pollard, Minimal Recursion Semantics: An introduction, Journal of Research on Language and Computation, 3(2--3), 281--332, 2005

Ann Copestake, Invited Talk: Slacker Semantics: Why Superficiality, Dependency and Avoidance of Commitment can be the Right Way to Go, 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the ACL (EACL 2009), Athens, Greece, 2009

Ann Copestake and Ted Briscoe, Semi-productive polysemy and sense extension, Journal of Semantics, 12:1, 15-67, 1995