Robert C. Brown (RCB) Building 8109
8888 University Drive
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
My name is pronounced like this
and transcribed like this:
['ma̯ite taβo'aða] /'maite tabo'ada/
I am Full Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. At SFU, I am also an Associate Member of the Cognitive Science Program and the School of Computing Science. I direct the Discourse Processing Lab.
I am a linguist working at the intersection of discourse analysis and computational linguistics. In discourse analysis, I study the mechanisms for coherence in discourse, focusing on how links across sentences produce the impression of coherence in text and speech. My discourse research is corpus-based and data-driven, and my contributions involve the creation of (annotated) datasets or corpora for analysis. In computational linguistics, I develop methods and algorithms to process and exploit discourse structure in different applications. In recent years, I have focused on two specific areas: discourse or rhetorical relations and sentiment analysis. This research is interdisciplinary, at the boundary between theoretical and applied fields, between the social sciences and engineering.
Current projects involve:
More information on these projects is available from the site of the Discourse Processing Lab. You can also check a full curriculum vitae (in pdf), or consult my research, teaching and publications pages. The lab also has a GitHub page.