I am a computational linguist and an assistant professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College.


My research focuses on understanding how context-sensitive meaning is encoded in natural language. I study words whose meanings change depending on who is using them and where they are used.

I build computational models to understand how conversation participants use knowledge about each other's mental states. How do speakers think about their audience when deciding what to say? How do listeners use their knowledge of the speaker when figuring out the meaning of their utterances?

These aspects of language are among the most difficult for artificial intelligence to grasp, because they are situational, grounded, and interactive. In order to develop language technology that interacts with us in a natural way, we need to develop models that can adjust their language based on users' situations and knowledge states.

My dissertation, Shifting the Perspectival Landscape, is now on LingBuzz.

carolyn.anderson AT wellesley.edu


o Computational Modeling
o Semantics and Pragmatics
o Machine Learning
o Psycholinguistics


o August 2021: ProSPer accepted to the BlackboxNLP workshop at EMNLP 2021.

o August 2021: Protagonist-Mediated Perspective accepted to the Narration in Context workshop at DGfS 2022.

o August 2021: TypeWhich accepted to OOPSLA 2021.

o June 2021: (Some) parentheses are focus-sensitive operators accepted to Sinn und Bedeutung 26.

o February 2021: Tell Me Everything You Know presented at SCiL 2021.

o January 2021: Diagnosing the Semantics of Perspectival Expressions presented at LSA 2021.

o September 2020: Coming in, or going out? presented at ELM 1.

o June 2020: Dissertation defended!