Debopam Das

Debopam Das

University Lecturer, English Language and Literature, Åbo Akademi University


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    I am a linguist, specializing in discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and lexicography. My research primarily concentrates on topics in discourse and pragmatics, such as discourse relations (i.e., relations between propositions or speech acts) and discourse signals (e.g., discourse connective if for Condition relations). In my PhD dissertation, I investigated how discourse relations are indicated by a wide variety of signals (such as lexical, semantic, syntactic, and genre features, in addition to discourse connectives). The project also produced a corpus of discourse signals, called the RST Signalling Corpus. In the past, I worked in areas such as sentiment analysis, discourse parsing and lexicography (bilingual and multilingual dictionaries). Furthermore, I contributed to compiling both encyclopaedic and discipline-specific bilingual dictionaries. More recently, I have worked on developing NLP resources such as lexicons of discourse connectives in English and Bangla. Presently, I and my colleague Dr. Markus Egg are investigating the role of continuity or discontinuity (along dimensions like time, space, action, modality, or speech act) in the interpretation discourse relations.

    Topics of interests

    • Discourse analysis: explicit and implicit discourse Relations, signalling in discourse, continuity in discourse, discourse parsing, sentiment analysis
    • Corpus linguistics: corpus annotation, corpus development, annotation evaluation
    • Lexicography: discourse connective lexicons, bilingual dictionaries, translation of technical terms

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    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Linguistics, Simon Fraser University


    Master, Linguistics, University of Calcutta


    Bachelor, English, University of Calcutta


    External positions

    Postdoc, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    1 Aug 201828 Feb 2023

    Postdoc, University of Potsdam

    1 Oct 201631 Dec 2018

    Teaching/Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University

    1 Sept 200931 Dec 2014

    Researcher, The Asiatic Society

    1 Jan 200931 Jul 2009

    Researcher, University of Calcutta

    1 Aug 200731 Dec 2008


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