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Dr Alexander Clark

Alex_ClarkVisiting Senior Research Fellow

Address c/o Department of Philosophy
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS 




After a degree in mathematics at Cambridge, Alexander Clark took his D.Phil at the University of Sussex in the Department of Cognitive and Computing Sciences; he then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for the Study of Semantics and Cognition in the University of Geneva, and then since 2005 as a lecturer in the department of computer science at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Research interests
  • Philosophy of linguistics
  • Computational linguistics
  • Inductive inference and learning
  • Computational learning theory and cognitive science
  • Philosophy and methodology of linguistics

Dr Clark's research is in the field of formal linguistics, broadly construed: studying language with a particular emphasis on problems of learning and acquisition and how this relates to the nature of linguistic knowledge, and the properties of syntax. Much of his technical work has been in machine learning and in particular in grammatical inference: studying the process of learning hierarchically structured representations or grammars, using generalisations of the sorts of distributional learning studied by American structuralist linguists.

Selected publications
  • Alexander Clark. Logical grammars, logical theories. In Denis Bechet and Alexandre Dikovsky, editors, Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics, pages 1-20. Springer, 2012.
  • Alexander Clark and Shalom Lappin. Computational learning theory and language acquisition. In R. Kempson, N. Asher, and T. Fernando, editors, Philosophy of Linguistics, pages 445-475. Elsevier, 2012.
  • Alexander Clark. A language theoretic approach to syntactic structure. In Proceedings of the 12th Meeting on the Mathematics of Language (MOL), Nara, Japan, 2011.
  • Alexander Clark and Shalom Lappin. Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
For a complete list of publications, please see Alexander's full research profile.
Expertise and public engagement

Dr Clark is president of SIGNLL; the special interest group of the ACL on Computational Natural Language Learning.


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