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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:
One of the things you need to know when you're writing a text is who the reader is. If I knew you were a linguist, I'd go on to say I'm interested in semantics, especially dynamic semantics and the semantics of generics. If I knew you were an industrial sponsor, I'd tell you I'm involved in building text generation systems that run on the web, producing hypertext pages tailored to individual users.