Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
email: K.<mylastname> (at) sms.ed.ac.uk
address: Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
Edinburgh EH8 9AB
phone: +44-131-650-4449 (office)
Together with Gianluca Giorgolo (Carleton University), we organised a
workshop on Formal and Computational Approaches to Multimodal
Communication. The workshop was held under the auspices
of ESSLLI 2012 and it tooks place in
Opole, Poland from 6 August to 10 August.
More information can be
I am in my final year of my PhD studies at
the Institute for Language, Cognition
and Computation (ILCC), University of
Edinburgh working on a grammar of speech and co-speech gesture under the
supervision of Professor Alex
Lascarides. My research concerns the formal modelling of spontaneous
co-speech gesture in constraint-based grammars, and their interaction with the
prosody, syntax and semantics of speech.
Prior to that, I obtained an M.Sc.
of Nancy 2, France, and
University of Saarland, Germany.
My Master's thesis involved implementation of a Tree-Adjoining Grammar for
English using meta-level description language. My supervisor in Nancy
was Claire Gardent, and my
supervisor in Saarbrücken
was Tania Avgustinova. I
obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Literature in my home town at
Sofia Univerisity, Bulgaria.
My main interests include but are not restricted to the following areas:
Formal Grammar Theories (TAG, HPSG, LFG)
Alahverdzhieva, K., D. Flickinger and A. Lascarides . Multimodal
Grammar Implementation, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the North American
Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language
Technologies (NAACL-HLT) 2012, Montreal, Canada.
Alahverdzhieva, K. and A. Lascarides . Semantic Composition of
Multimodal Actions in Constraint-based Grammars, Proceedings of Constraints
in Discourse (CID) 2011, Agay-Roches Rouges, Var, France.
Alahverdzhieva, K. and A. Lascarides . An HPSG Approach to Synchronous
Speech and Deixis, in Stefan Muller (ed.), Proceedings of the 18th
International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG),
pp6--24, Seattle, USA.
Alahverdzhieva, K. and A. Lascarides . Integration of Speech and
Deictic Gesture in a Multimodal Grammar, Actes de Traitement Automatique des
Langues Naturelles (TALN), Montpellier, France.
Alahverdzhieva, K. and A. Lascarides . A Grammar for Language and
Co-verbal Gesture, Proceedings of the 4th Conference of the International
Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS), Frankfurt, Oder, Germany.
Alahverdzhieva, K. and A. Lascarides . Analysing Speech and Co-speech
Gesture in Constraint-based Grammars, in Stefan Muller (ed.), Proceedings of
the 17th International Conference on Head-Driven Phase Structure Grammar
(HPSG), pp5--25, Paris.
Alahverdzhieva, K.  XTAG using XMG. A Core Tree-Adjoining Grammar for
English, unpublished Master's thesis, Universität des Saarlandes,
Germany and Université Nancy 2, France.
PhD thesis: under construction
Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellow, M.Sc. Studentiship, 2006-2008
and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRS) Ph.D. studentship,
Socrates/Erasmus Scholarship, 2003-2004
When not investigating gestures, I am most probably
running in the
Meadows, baking a new dessert, or attending a language class
time with my kid.
Since 8 July 2011, I am officially known as Katya Saint-Amand.
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