Emily M. Bender

Emily M. Bender is an American linguist who works on multilingual grammar engineering. She has constructed the LinGO Grammar Matrix, an open-source starter kit for the development of broad-coverage precision HPSG grammars.[1][2] In 2013 she published Linguistic Fundamentals for Natural Language Processing: 100 Essentials from Morphology and Syntax, which explains basic linguistic principles in a way that makes them accessible to NLP practitioners.

Emily M. Bender
Born (1973-10-10) October 10, 1973
Academic background
Alma materStanford University
ThesisSyntactic variation and linguistic competence: The case of AAVE copula absence (2000)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineSyntax, computational linguistics
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington

Bender received her PhD from Stanford University in 2000 for her research on syntactic variation and linguistic competence in African American Vernacular English (AAVE). She currently holds several positions at the University of Washington, where she has been faculty since 2003, including professor in the Department of Linguistics, adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, faculty director of the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics,[3] and director of the Computational Linguistics Laboratory.[4] Bender is the current holder of the Howard and Frances Nostrand Endowed Professorship.[5]

Key publications

  • (2002) Bender, Emily M., Dan Flickinger, and Stephan Oepen. The grammar matrix: An open-source starter-kit for the rapid development of cross-linguistically consistent broad-coverage precision grammars. Proceedings of the 2002 workshop on Grammar engineering and evaluation-Volume 15.
  • (2002) Siegel, Melanie and Emily M. Bender. Efficient deep processing of Japanese. Proceedings of the 3rd workshop on Asian language resources and international standardization-Volume 12.
  • (2000) Bender, Emily M. Syntactic variation and linguistic competence: The case of AAVE copula absence. Stanford University.
  • (2000) Bender, Emily M. The syntax of Mandarin Bă: Reconsidering the verbal analysis. Journal of East Asian Linguistics.
  • (1999) Sag, Ivan, Thomas Wasow, and Emily M. Bender. Syntactic theory: A formal introduction. Center for the Study of Language and Information.


  1. "LinGO Grammar Matrix | Department of Linguistics | University of Washington". linguistics.washington.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  2. "An open source grammar development environment and broad-coverage English grammar using HPSG" (PDF). LREC. 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  3. "UW Computational Linguistics Master's Degree - Online & Seattle". www.compling.uw.edu. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  4. "UW Computational Linguistics Lab".
  5. Parvi, Joyce (2019-08-21). "Emily M. Bender is awarded Howard and Frances Nostrand Endowed Professorship for 2019-2021". linguistics.washington.edu. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
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