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Dr Lonneke van der Plas
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MSc in Language and Computation
BSc in Human Language Technology
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Senior Lecturer

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Lonneke van der Plas is a Senior Lecturer in Human Language Technologies at the Institute of Linguistics. She is additionally affiliated with the Institute for NLP (IMS) in Stuttgart, Germany, as a research project leader. She is currently leading a project on compound analysis funded by the German research foundation (A cross-lingual approach to compound analysis: DFG 2014-2018). 

Her main areas of research are computational linguistics, and in particular data-driven and cross-lingual approaches to computational (lexical) semantics. For example, she built tools for the semantic analysis of low-resourced languages by transferring annotations from one  language to the other in parallel corpora. Another example from her work is the automatic extraction of semantically similar words, for example term variations (influenza/flu) in the medical domain, from large corpora using distributional semantics.

Research Interests

  • Computational linguistics
  • Cross-lingual natural language processing
  • Distributional semantics
  • Terminology extraction
  • Multi-word expressions
  • Question answering

Student contact hours

  • Tuesdays 14:00 - 16:00.
Note: students should always email to make an appointment.
Linguistics Circle (06 Dec)
Georgios Yannakakis, Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta

Title:  AI designing games for us with (or without) us

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GW164

Change in Name
As of April 2017, the Institute has officially changed its name to Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology.

Class timetables are now available from this page.

For study-units LIN1063, LIN1065, LIN2013 and LIN5063, please click on this page to check the Academic English timetable.

Ethical approval
Deadlines for submission of ethical approval forms to the Institute Research Ethics Committee are now available on the Research page.
Posts of Part-Time Research Support Assistant or Officer I/II
Posts of Part-Time Research Support Assistant or Officer I/II for the MASRI project that aims to build a Maltese speech recognition system.  
Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I, II or III
Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I, II or III  for the Maltese Sign Language Research Project.
Last Updated: 13 February 2017

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