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Dr Paula Buttery

The construction and evaluation of (psycho-)computational models of language acquisition; automated corpus analysis
Dr Paula Buttery

Reader in Computing and Language

Automated language teaching and assessment

Low resource language technology

Computational modelling of first/second language acquisition

Computational modelling of language evolution

Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 767384

Research Interests

I am a computational linguist with research interests in both computer applications (Natural Language Processing) and language cognition (Computational Psycholinguistics). My research focuses on building Natural Language Processing tools that work with non-canonical forms of natural language (spoken language, learners, aphasics) and also with low resource languages (endangered languages, dialects). I am interested in both the automatic machine processing of non-canonical language and the cognitive processes underlying that language. Understanding the cognitive aspects of language processing is essential if we are to build language tools that can be intuitive to users. I am currently a Principal Investigator in the Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA) Institute. My work within ALTA focuses on the spoken language of learners of English. I am also funded to work on under-resourced endangered languages as part of the Cambridge Africa programme which partners Cambridge researchers with colleagues in Uganda and Ghana. Other research interests include the computational modelling of first and second language acquisition and language evolution.


  • Endangered languages
  • Language acquisition
  • Language testing and assessment
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine learning
  • Computational linguistics
  • Language teaching
  • English
  • Corpus linguistics