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Palmer, Martha Stone The Helen & Hubert Croft Professor


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  • I continue to research the representation of semantic information. The meaning of a sentence is an essential yet challenging aspect of natural language understanding. I develop semantic annotation processes for word sense tagging, semantic role labeling and event representations that: 1) are portable across languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu), 2) enable training of machine learning algorithms on annotated data, 3) provide a level of shallow semantic analysis that facilitates information extraction, question answering, and machine translation.


  • computational linguistics, natural language processing, computational lexical resources, linguistic annotation, semantic role labeling, automatic word sense disambiguation, cross-linguistic verb semantics, applications of machine learning, medical informatics


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