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Maite Taboada


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  • Interests: Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics, Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Syntax and Semantics and Applied Linguistics


  • PhD, Linguistics, The Complutense University of Madrid
  • MA, English Philology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Msc, Computational Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University


Dr. Taboada works in the areas of discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics and computational linguistics. Her dissertation is a cross-linguistic study of coherence and cohesion in spoken language, where she examines the strategies that speakers use to build a conversation. She has done research on coherence and cohesion, information structure and turn-taking. She has also participated in research projects in natural language generation, machine translation and software agents. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Alberta, and has also worked in industry, leading the development of a natural language processing system. Some of her current research projects are cohesion and referring expressions in Spanish and English, combining cohesion and Centering Theory, discourse markers in relation to turn-taking in conversation, Rhetorical Structure Theory and evaluation and appraisal in text (and how to implement a system to perform automatic appraisal).