mfowlie [at] coli [dot] uni-saarland [dot] de
IPA: [ˈmeɪɡən ˈfaʊli]
Erdős number: 4
I am an assistant professor at the linguistics department of Universiteit Utrecht in The Netherlands. I teach in the Artificial Intelligence programmes for undergraduate and master's students.
Currently I am focused on semantic parsing. Work with Jonas Groschwitz, Matthias Lindemann, Alexander Koller, and Marc Johnson on dependency parsing into AMR graphs using a our 2017 Apply-Modify Algebra.
My primary research interests lie in connecting mathematical and computational linguistics with mainstream syntax. Mathematical approaches can complement mainstream approaches, for example by identifying the place of human language in the Chomsky hierarchy, and can also clarify existing theories, by forcing their formulation to be completely explicit.
I am just getting started on neural parsing for Minimalist Grammars, Ed Stabler (1997 etc)'s formalisation of Chomsky (1995 etc)'s minimalism. MGs are of interest because they define the right general class of languages (MCFLs), they are an efficient and intuitive formalism, and as they are formalisations of the current work of a great many syntacticians, MGs are a bridge to mainstream syntax. At TAG+ 2017, Alexander Koller and I gave a paper on MG parsing.
I have a PhD in linguistics from UCLA. My dissertation is about adjunction. I consider how best to model adjuncts in minimalism, what formal properties these models have, and how adjuncts can be learned. In terms of learnability, I consider learnability in the mathematical algorithm sense, as well as taking an experimental approach.
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