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Stephen Pulman

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Professor Stephen Guy Pulman FBA

Emeritus Professor

Professorial Fellow, Somerville College


  • formal and computational semantics for natural language
  • automated reasoning and language
  • combining statistical and symbolic models of language


Stephen Pulman was a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of East Anglia from 1978-1984, then a Lecturer and Reader in Computational Linguistics at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory from 1984 to 2000. From 2000 to 2006 he was Professor of General Linguistics in the Humanities Division, Oxford University, and from 2006 to 2017, Professor of Computational Linguistics in the Department of Computer Science, Oxford University. From 1988 to 1997 he was also Director of SRI International's Cambridge Computer Science Research Centre, and he has held visiting professorships at the Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, University of Stuttgart; and at Copenhagen Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Stephen Pulman was a co-founder of TheySay Ltd, a sentiment analysis company which was spun out of the Department of Computer Science in 2010, and acquired by Aptean in 2017.

After retirement from Oxford University in 2017, he became an Emeritus Professorial Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Computer Science. He also took up a position as Senior Natural Language Research Scientist for Apple Inc.




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Past Students

Jan Botha
Gregory Dubbin
Nal Kalchbrenner
Afifah Waseem
Pia-Ramona Wojtinnek
Lei Yu