I am a postdoctoral research fellow connected to the project Meaning and Communication in the Information Age along with Rachel Sterken, Jessica Pepp and Eliot Michaelson.
My research broadly concerns what it means for machines and people to know languages.
On the machine side, my current research is aimed at understanding what is going on when we talk to chatbots and other artificial agents. In one sense, these bots can only produce meaningless strings in response to a given input. In another sense, they can provide us with informed testimony about the world. My work tries to reconcile these two observations. I am also thinking a lot about what language models (e.g. word2vec) represent and how this relates to standard models of semantic content.
On the human side, I am interested in non-standard conversational contexts such as computer mediated speech.
There’s more about me on my website here
I have a PhD in Philosophy from King’s College London, an MPhil in Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin, and MLitt in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and I received my BA in Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin.