Lecturer

Room: E857

marta.andersson@english.su.se

Marta Andersson received her PhD in linguistics from English Language Department at Stockholm University. Her project was partly financed from a grant provided by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Marta's research interests include discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and computational approaches to language. She believes in pursuing theoretically informed but empirically supported enquiries. In her thesis “The Architecture of Result Relations”, she used corpus and experimental evidence in order to analyze and distinguish between two closely connected coherence relations of Result and Purpose. The main focus of the thesis was the linguistic features deployed to signal these relations, including both well-established cohesive devices and also the open-ended class of other language elements. These elements contribute to the process of building a coherent discourse representation, but also can express the speaker’s perspective towards the content and/or context of the communicative situation. This subjective perspective and the speaker’s stance are part of the focus of Marta’s corpus investigations.

Marta’s interest in discourse coherence includes also anaphora resolution. In her MA thesis she analyzed a corpus of psychotherapeutic sessions in keeping with the principles of the binding theory of presuppositions according to which presuppositions behave as anaphors and can be resolved in the same way at the level of discourse representation. In 2015 Marta was involved in a research project with Google Inc. in Zurich. She analyzed a corpus of information seeking queries and developed an annotation schema where anaphora resolution is a precursor for identification and tracking of changes in the topic progression.

Publications:

Andersson, M., Ozturel, A. and Pareti, S. (2016). Annotating Topic Development in Information Seeking Queries. Proceedings of the 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, May 2016, Portorož, Slovenia, pp. 1755-1761.​

Andersson, M. (2016). The Architecture of Result relations. Corpus and experimental approaches to Result coherence relations in English. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Stockholm University, Sweden.  Abstract (105 Kb)

Andersson, M. and Spenader, J. (2014). Result and Purpose relations with and without ‘so’. Lingua, 148, 1-27.

Andersson, M. (2009). ‘I know that women don’t like me!’. Presuppositions in therapeutic discourse. Journal of Pragmatics, (41), 4, pp. 721-737.

Conference presentations:

Andersson, M., Ozturel, A. and Pareti, S. (2016). Annotating Topic Development in Information Seeking Queries. Poster at the 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference,  May 2016, Portorož, Slovenia.

Andersson, M. (2015). A corpus and experimental investigation of Result coherence relation markers. Paper presented in the panel 'Discourse Markers and Experimental Pragmatics' at 14th International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, Belgium.

Andersson. M. (2014). Subjectivity of the Result coherence relations. Paper presented at International Conference on Evidentiality and Modality in European Languages (EMEL 2014) at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Andersson, M. (2013). Empirical investigation of the Result coherence relations. Paper presented in the masterclass for advanced PhD students at LOT Winter School, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, the Netherlands.

Andersson, M. and Spenader, J. (2011). Result, Purpose, Reason - so what? Poster presented at T-Prag2011 (Theoretical Pragmatics Conference) at Humboldt University, Berlin.  Berlin poster (pdf) (3473 Kb)

Andersson, M. (2010). Synonymy of result adverbials. Paper presented at the SKY (The Linguistic Association of Finland) symposium "Re-thinking synonymy: semantic sameness and similarity in languages and their description", Helsinki, Finland.

Andersson, M. (2009). Adverbial connectors as constructions. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference of the Swedish Association for Language and Cognition (SALC), Stockholm University, Sweden.

Andersson, M. (2007). Meaning and textual prominence of discourse markers. Paper presented at the 10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.

Andersson, M. (2006). Pragmatics of presuppositions in therapeutic discourse. Paper presented at the V International Conference of the Spanish Association for Cognitive Linguistics (AELCO), held the University of Murcia, Spain.

Andersson, M. (2006). Presuppositions in therapeutic and spoken discourse. Paper presented at the International Conference and Constituting Meeting of the Swedish Cognitive Linguistics Association, Umeå University, Sweden.

Seminars:

Andersson, M. (2012). Result and Purpose with the connective "so". Invited talk at the Center for Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands.

Andersson, M. (2011, December). Result, Purpose, Reason - so what? Paper presented at the English Department higher seminars at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

Andersson, M. (2009, May). Collostructional analysis of result adverbials. Paper presented at the General Linguistics Department workshop at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.

Other activities:

September 2016 – Short Scientific Mission at the University of Edinburgh financed from a grant within the TextLink Action. The purpose of that short research stay was to investigate indicators of causality in different text genres.

2015 (July-October) – Analytical Linguist at Google Switzerland GmbH, Zurich. The purpose of that project was to develop an annotation schema for coding topic development in information seeking queries.

2012 reviewer for the "Journal of Pragmatics".

2010 member of the Scientific Committee of the International Postgraduate Linguistic Conference in Text Studies "What's in a Text?" held at UMCS Lublin, Poland.

2009 member of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd International Conference of the Swedish Association for Language and Cognition (SALC), Stockholm University, Sweden.