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My background is in cognitive science and artificial intelligence. I studied psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, and then took an MSc and PhD in artificial intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, which I completed in 1995. My post-doctoral work has also been in Edinburgh, and I arrived in Otago in November 1998.
My main research interest is in computational linguistics; in particular in theories of discourse structure and natural language generation. The kind of questions I think about are:What makes a text like this one 'hang together'?
Sensorimotor Cognition and Natural Language Syntax.
MIT Press 2012.
M Takac, L Benuskova and A Knott
Mapping sensorimotor sequences to word sequences: A connectionist model of language acquisition and sentence generation.
Cognition 125:288-308 (2012).
A Knott and P Vlugter
Multi-agent human-machine dialogue: issues in dialogue management and referring expression semantics.
Artificial Intelligence 172:69-102 (2008)
A Data-Driven Methodology for Motivating a Set of Coherence Relations
PhD thesis, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh (1996)