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?

More recently, I have been focusing on evaluating large language models for natural language and code generation.

carolyn.anderson AT wellesley.edu


o September 2023: Three papers by EASEL lab alums accepted for presentation at TADA 2023

o September 2023: Protagonist-Mediated Perspective presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 28.

o August 2023: Received an NSF Award for research on Code LLMs for programming in the sciences, with Molly Q Feldman, Arjun Guha, and Erin G. Teich

o August 2023: Our MultiPL-T paper shows how to achieve SOTA text-to-code in 3 low-resource programming languages

o July 2023: I presented a poster on What (Some) Parentheses Mean at UMass Linguistic's 50th anniversary celebration

o July 2023: I gave a talk as part of Brookhaven National Lab's AI/ML Seminar Series

o June 2023: Do All Minority Languages Look the Same to GPT-3? presented at SCiL 2023

o June 2023: Solving and Generating NPR Sunday Puzzles with Large Language Models presented at ICCC 2023.

o June 2023: StudentEval: a Benchmark of Student-Written Prompts for Large Language Models of Code draft available on Arxiv.

o May 2023: BigCode project released StarCoder: May the Source Be With You!

o April 2023: MultiPL-E accepted to IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering

o March 2023: SantaCoder: Don’t Reach For the Stars! wins Best Paper Award at DL4C 2023.

o February 2023: Cross-linguistic differences in processing parentheticals between English and Korean accepted for presentation at Comparative Punctuation Worldwide.

o December 2022: Grammatical Perspective-Taking in Comprehension and Production accepted to Open Mind.