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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
 
Areas of Interest: 
Computational semantics
Machine learning
Morphosyntax
Low-resource languages

Publications

Key publications: 

Guy Emerson. 2018. "Functional Distributional Semantics: Learning Linguistically Informed Representations from a Precisely Annotated Corpus". PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge.

Honourable Mention (top 3) for the 2019 E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize.
Highly Commended (top 3) for the 2019 CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Three subsequent papers build on the thesis:

Guy Emerson. 2020. "Autoencoding Pixies: Amortised Variational Inference with Graph Convolutions for Functional Distributional Semantics". To appear in Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Guy Emerson. 2020. "What are the Goals of Distributional Semantics?". To appear in Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Guy Emerson. 2020. "Linguists Who Use Probabilistic Models Love Them: Quantification in Functional Distributional Semantics". To appear in Proceedings of Probability and Meaning (PaM2020).

Other publications: 

Olga Zamaraeva and Guy Emerson. 2020. "Multiple Question Fronting without Relational Constraints: An Analysis of Russian as a Basis for Cross-Linguistic Modeling". To appear in Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG).

Sebastian Borgeaud and Guy Emerson. 2020. "Leveraging sentence similarity in natural language generation: Improving beam search using range voting". To appear in Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Neural Generation and Translation (WNGT).

Emily M. Bender and Guy Emerson. 2020. "Computational linguistics and grammar engineering". In Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar: The handbook, chapter 28. Language Science Press.

Jeroen Van Hautte, Guy Emerson, and Marek Rei. 2019. "Bad Form: Comparing Context-Based and Form-Based Few-Shot Learning in Distributional Semantic Models". In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Deep Learning for Low-Resource NLP.

Paula Czarnowska, Guy Emerson, and Ann Copestake. 2019. "Words are Vectors, Dependencies are Matrices: Learning Word Embeddings from Dependency Graphs". In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS).

Guy Emerson and Ann Copestake. 2017. "Semantic Composition via Probabilistic Model Theory". In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS).

Guy Emerson and Ann Copestake. 2017. "Variational Inference for Logical Inference". In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Logic and Machine Learning for Natural Language (LaML).

Guy Emerson and Ann Copestake. 2016. "Functional Distributional Semantics". In Proceedings of the ACL 2016 Workshop on Representation Learning for NLP (RepL4NLP). (see the poster here)

Ann Copestake, Guy Emerson, Michael Wayne Goodman, Matic Horvat, Alexander Kuhnle, and Ewa Muszyńska. 2016. "Resources for Building Applications with Dependency Minimal Recursion Semantics". In Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC).

Guy Emerson and Ann Copestake. 2015. "Lacking Integrity: HPSG as a Morphosyntactic Theory". In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG).

Guy Emerson and Ann Copestake. 2015. "Leveraging a Semantically Annotated Corpus to Disambiguate Prepositional Phrase Attachment". In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS). (watch the presentation here)

Guy Emerson and Thierry Declerck. 2014. "SentiMerge: Combining Sentiment Lexicons in a Bayesian Framework". In Proceedings of the 2014 COLING Workshop on Lexical and Grammatical Resources for Language Processing.

Guy Emerson, Liling Tan, Susanne Fertmann, Alexis Palmer, and Michaela Regneri. 2014. "SeedLing: Building and using a seed corpus for the Human Language Project". In Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages.

Guy Emerson. 2013. "Using Distributional Semantics to Improve Parse Ranking". Master's Thesis, University of Cambridge.

Research Fellow, Gonville & Caius College
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Dr Guy Edward Toh Emerson

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