Dr Paula Buttery

External Director of Studies; Linguistics

 Dr Buttery is a computational linguist with research interests in both computer applications (Natural Language Processing) and language cognition (Computational Psycho-linguistics). She is currently a Principle Investigator in the Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA) institute. Her work within ALTA focuses on the spoken language of learners of English; she uses natural language processing and machine learning techniques to provide formative feedback to learners through computer applications. More generally, she is interested in building Natural Language Processing tools that work with non-canonical forms of natural language (spoken language, learners, aphasics) and also with low resource languages (endangered languages, dialects). She is also interested in the computational modelling of first and second language acquisition and language evolution.

Dr Buttery won a Cambridge University Pilkington Prize for teaching in 2015.
Teaching interests:

Computational Linguistics
Computational Language Learning
Computational Psycholinguistics

Recent research projects:

Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for the revitalization of endangered languages: The case of Runyakitara – Funded by Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund and the Cambridge Africa Programme.

The Institute for Research in Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA). – Funded by Cambridge English Language Assessment

Understanding the Effects of Topic on ‘Opportunity of Use’. – Funded by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

UK version of PubMed Central (UKPMC). – Funded at the European Bioinformatics Institute by the Wellcome Trust and the UKPMC funders group.

Computational Natural Language Processing and the Neuro-Cognition of Language. – Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as a Cognitive Systems Foresight Project.

English Profile: Reference Level Descriptions for English. – Funded by Cambridge English Language Assessment