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Guy Emerson


BA Mathematics (Cantab), MEng Computer Science (Cantab), PhD Computer Science (Cantab)


Research Interests

I am a computational linguist. I model human language, implement those models computationally, and test them using real-world data. My motivations are twofold: to shed light on what it means to know a language, and to push forward the limits of machine learning and artificial intelligence.


Teaching Interests

For the Computer Science Tripos, I have supervised Part IA Machine Learning and Real-World Data, Part IB Formal Models of Language, and Part II Introduction to Natural Language Processing.  I have also lectured Part III Machine Learning for Language Processing.

For the Linguistics Tripos, I have supervised Part II Computational Linguistics.

For the Mathematics Tripos, I have supervised Part II Automata and Formal Languages.

At the University of the Saarland, for the undergraduate degree in Computational Linguistics, I have given tutorials on syntax and semantics.



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

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.


Other interests

Ballroom and latin dancing