Jonathan Dunn

Senior LecturerJonathan Dunn

Elsie Locke Building 206
How can computational linguistics inform linguistic theory?


Research Interests

I am a computational linguist using data science to model both the emergence of grammatical structure and variation in grammatical structure using large multi-lingual corpora. My recent work has also focused on the impact of linguistic variation on computational models and on low-resource contexts. I have published 35 papers and my first book was recently published by Cambridge University Press. My interdisciplinary teaching experience includes a MOOC which has now taught over 12,000 students about natural language processing.

Recent Publications

  • Dunn J. (2022) Natural Language Processing for Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge University Press.
  • Dunn J. (2023) Syntactic variation across the grammar: modelling a complex adaptive system. Frontiers in Complex Systems 1
  • Dunn J. (2023) Exploring the Constructicon: Linguistic Analysis of a Computational CxG. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Construction Grammars and NLP: 1-11.
  • Dunn J. (2023) Variation and Instability in Dialect-Based Embedding Spaces. In Proceedings of the Workshop on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects Association for Computational Linguistics.
  • Dunn J. (2022) Exposure and emergence in usage-based grammar: Computational experiments in 35 languages. Cognitive Linguistics 33(4): 659-699.