I am currently affiliated with the School of Computer Science (SoCS), at the University of Birmingham. I recently completed a research fellowship on the Gen-Meta project, investigating ways of automatically understanding and generating metaphor in natural language, which was funded by a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship.

office: Edgbaston Campus, Building Y9, Room 106
phone: +44-121-414-6749
fax: +44-121-414-4281
e-mail: a.d.gargett[AT]cs.bham.ac.uk
s-mail: Contact details for the School of Computer Science can be found here.

Current projects

  • Gen-Meta
  • Arabic FrameNet (contact me for queries about this)
  • Anno-Meta: Annotating metaphor in online forums on illness and political conflict (contact me for queries about this)

Research

  • Natural language processing: automatic understanding and generation of figurative language, especially metaphor; resources for Arabic (e.g. FrameNet)
  • Corpus linguistics: the relationship between figurative language and multi-word expressions; situated dialogue (e.g. task-based dialogues in virtual worlds); technology for language documentation
  • Artificial intelligence: modelling cognitive phenomena by combining knowledge-intensive and data-intensive techniques
  • General linguistics: phonology and phonetics of segmental and prosodic phenomena in Gulf Arabic; interaction between syntactic and prosodic systems; specific dialogue phenomena (up to now: feedback, repair, intonation); forms of person reference across languages; figurative language (especially metaphor and metonymy)
  • Research languages: Australian Aboriginal languages; Arabic; Languages of Sulawesi

Corpora

  • See here for details about the corpus projects I have been involved in.

Publications and presentations

Publications

Gargett, A., S. Mille & J. Barnden. (2015). "Deep generation of metaphors." Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) 2015. IEEE.

Gargett, A. & J. Barnden. (2015). "Modeling the interaction between sensory and affective meanings for detecting metaphor." Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Metaphor in Natural Language Processing, NAACL 2015.

Gargett, A. & J. Barnden (2015). "Gen-Meta: Generating metaphors by combining AI and corpus-based modeling." Web Intelligence and Agent Systems: An International Journal.

Gargett, A., J. Ruppenhofer & J. Barnden (2014). "Dimensions of Metaphorical Meaning". In Zock/Rapp/Huang (eds.), Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon, pages 166-173, Dublin, Ireland, August 23, 2014.

Gargett, A. & J. Barnden (2014). "Mining Online Discussion Forums for Metaphors". LREC 2014.

Gargett, A., G. AlGethami & S. Hellmuth (2014). "DiVE-Arabic: Gulf Arabic Dialogue in a Virtual Environment". LREC 2014

Gargett, A. and Barnden, J.B. (2013). "Gen-Meta: Generating Metaphors Using a Combination of AI Reasoning and Corpus-Based Modeling of Formulaic Expressions". Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) 2013. IEEE. Pages 103--108.

Gargett, A. and S. Hellmuth. (2013). "Gathering situated dialogue in the field". Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4.

Gargett, A. (2012). "Feedback and action in dialogue: signals or symptoms?" In Proceedings of Workshop on Feedback in Dialogue, Interspeech 2012, Portland, Oregon.

Gargett, A. and Barnden, J.B. (2012). "Gen-Meta: a hybrid reasoning and data-oriented approach to generating metaphor". In Proceedings of the IV Congresso Internacional Sobre Metafora na Linguagem e no Pensamento, Porto Alegre, Outubro 2011. Porto Alegre: Instituto de Letras/UFRGS. Pages 692--712.

Gargett, A. (2011). A Salvage Grammar of Malgana, the Language of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics (PL 624).

Gargett, A. (2011). "Incrementality and the dynamics of routines in dialogue." Dialogue and Discourse: Special issue on Incremental Processing in Dialogue (edited by Hannes Rieser & David Schlangen) Volume 2(1): 171-197.

Koller, A., Striegnitz, K., Gargett, A., Byron, D., Cassell, J., Dale, R., Moore, J. and Oberlander, J. (2010). "Report on the Second NLG Challenge on Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments (GIVE-2)". In Proceedings of the Sixth International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG 2010).

Koller, A., A. Gargett, and K. Garoufi. (2010). "A scalable model of planning perlocutionary acts." Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (PozDial), Poznan.

Gargett, A., K. Garoufi,. A. Koller and K. Striegnitz. (2010). "The Give-2 Corpus of Giving Instructions in Virtual Environments." LREC 2010.

Gargett, A. (2010). "Modelling Routinisation and Innovation in Dialogue." In Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2010. (Extended abstract for poster, included in conference booklet.)

Gargett, A. Routinisation and context in dialogue. (2010). PhD thesis. King's College London.

Gargett, A., E. Gregoromichelaki, R. Kempson, M. Purver and Y. Sato. (2009). "Grammar Resources for Modelling Dialogue Dynamically." Cognitive Neurodynamics 3(4).

Kempson, R., E. Gregoromichelaki, M. Purver, G.J. Mills, A. Gargett and C. Howes. (2009). "How Mechanistic Can Accounts of Interaction Be?" In Proceedings of DIAHOLMIA 2009: the 13th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue.

Gregoromichelaki, E., Y. Sato, R. Kempson, A. Gargett and C. Howes. (2009). "Dialogue Modelling and the Remit of Core Grammar." In Proceedings of IWCS 2009.

Kempson, R., Gargett, A., Gregoromichelaki, E., Howes,C. and Y. Sato. (2008). "Towards a Unified Account of Ellipsis: Syntax as Time-linear Building of Semantic Representations." In Proceedings of ESSLLI 2008 Workshop: What Syntax Feeds Semantics. Hamburg.

Gargett, A., E. Gregoromichelaki, C. Howes and Y. Sato. (2008). "Dialogue-Grammar Correspondence in Dynamic Syntax." In Proceedings of LONDIAL 2008: the 12th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue.

Kempson, R., A. Gargett and E. Gregoromichelaki. (2007). "Incremental Fragment Construal." In Proceedings of DECALOG'07: the 11th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue.

Gargett, A. (2007). "An Incremental Model of Fragments in Dialogue." In V.V. Nurmi & D. Sustretov eds. Proceedings ESSLLI Student Session. Dublin, Ireland.


Presentations

"Generating metaphor by combining corpus linguistics and artificial intelligence." Invited talk to Cognitive Linguistics course, Universitaet des Hildesheim, Germany, November 2014.

"Generating metaphor by combining corpus linguistics and artificial intelligence." Invited talk to English Language Research seminar, University of Birmingham UK, November 2014.

"Dimensions of Metaphorical Meaning" (with Josef Ruppenhofer & John Barnden). Paper presented at the 4th Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon, Dublin, Ireland, August 2014.

"Enriching representations of metaphor in illness and political conflict discourse" (with John Barnden). Presentation to 10th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM 10), Cagliari, June 2014.

"Mining Online Discussion Forums for Metaphors" (with John Barnden). Paper presented at LREC 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland.

"DiVE-Arabic: Gulf Arabic Dialogue in a Virtual Environment" (with Ghazi AlGethami & Sam Hellmuth). Paper presented at LREC 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland.

"Gen-Meta: Generating metaphors using a combination of AI reasoning and corpus-based modeling of formulaic expressions" (with John Barnden). TAAI 2013, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2013.

"Gathering situated dialogue in the field" (with Sam Hellmuth). Paper presentation to Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4 Conference, London, UK, December 2013.

"Gen-Meta: Generating metaphors using a combination of AI reasoning and corpus-based modeling" (with John Barnden). Invited talk to Speech & Multimedia Lunch, ICSI, Berkeley, November 2013.

"Gen-Meta: Generating metaphors using a combination of AI reasoning and corpus-based modeling" (with John Barnden). Invited talk to Cog Network meeting, University of California, Berkeley, November 2013.

"Feedback and action in dialogue: signals or symptoms?" Poster presentation at Workshop on Feedback in Dialogue, Interspeech 2012, Portland, Oregon, September 2012.

"Annotating Framenet for Polysemy: Toward a Resource for Identifying Metaphor in Corpora" (with Josef Ruppenhofer). Presentation to 4th International Conference on Metaphor in Language and Thought, Central Campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, October 2011.

"Toward generating metaphor in dialogue" (with John Barnden). Presentation to 4th International Conference on Metaphor in Language and Thought, Central Campus of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, October 2011.

"Routinisation and context in dialogue." Presentation to SFB 673, Bielefeld University, Germany, November 2010.

"Speaking figuratively" (with John Barnden). SOAS, London, November 2010.

"Routines, context, and figurative language in dialogue." Presentation to Centre for Language Technology, Gothenburg University, Sweden, August 2010.

"Can names be translated, or must they be borrowed?" Presentation to Linguistics Seminar, Gothenburg University, Sweden, August 2010.

"Modelling Routinisation and Innovation in Dialogue." Poster presentation at Linguistic Evidence 2010, Tuebingen, Germany, January 2010.

"Fragments and Constructions: a Procedural Account." Poster presentation at Language, Communication, Cognition, International Conference, Brighton, UK, August 2008.

"Toward a Model of Dialogue via an Interactive Language Model." Paper presentation at 2nd UK Postgraduate Conference in Cognitive Linguistics, Brighton, UK, August 2008.

"Dialogue-Grammar Correspondence in Dynamic Syntax" (with R. Kempson, E. Gregoromichelaki, C. Howes & Y. Sato). Paper presentation at ESSLLI 2008, Hamburg, Germany, August 2008.

"Toward an Interactive Model of Person Reference." Paper presentation at The 3rd Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle, UK, July 2008.

"Ellipsis as a Window on Context: An Integrated Account" (with R. Kempson, E. Gregoromichelaki, C. Howes & Y. Sato). Paper presentation at workshop on Utterance interpretation and cognitive models II, Brussels, July 2008.

"The Role of Grammar in Dialogue Phenomena" (with E. Gregoromichelaki, C. Howes & Y. Sato). Paper presentation at LONDIAL'08, London, UK, June 2008.

"Clarification Requests: an incremental account" (with E. Gregoromichelaki & R. Kempson). Paper presentation at 2007 LAGB Annual Meeting, London, UK, August 2007.

"An Incremental Model of Fragments in Dialogue." Paper presentation at Student Session of 2007 ESSLLI, Dublin, Republic Ireland, August 2007.

"Incremental Fragment Construal" (with E. Gregoromichelaki & R. Kempson). Paper presentation at DECALOG'07: The 2007 Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue, Rovereto, Italy, May 2007.

"Interpretation and re-presentation of historical language materials: Laves' 1931 Nyungar notes." (with John Henderson, David Nash and D. Harry) Paper presentation to the Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle, Australia, September 2003.