Manjuan Duan
About me

I am a fifth-year PhD student in the linguistics and a second year master student in statistics. In linguistics, my advisors are Carl Pollard and William Schuler. I am interested in:

  • Natural language parsing and generation
  • Statistical learning applied to language processing
  • Syntax-semantics interface
  • Categorial grammars
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Incremental Semantic Parsing
      I am working with William Schuler on an NSF project about incremental parsing.
  • Generating Disambiguating Paraphrases
      I am working with Michael White on his NSF project Closing the Loop: Inducing High-Precision Grammars for Generating Disambiguating Paraphrases . In the first stage of this project, we investigate whether parsers can be used to avoid "vicious" ambiguities in the OpenCCG surface realizations.
  • A Generalized Categorial Grammar (GCG) Framework for Mandarin Chinese
      I am working with William Schuler on accouting for Mandarin Chinese in a Generalized Categorial Grammar (GCG) framework. Currently, we are working on reannotating Penn Chinese Treebank into GCG trees with rules which fully considerate the language-specific properties of Mandarin Chinese.
  • Visual Description Generation
    In this project, I work with Micha Elsner and Marie Catherine de Marneffe on how visual properties of an object shape our descripti on of it in a target describing task. We have found some low-level visual features sucha as salience of an object, clutterness of the image, have a significant effect on our choice of referring expressions.
  • Alternative Questions in Mandarin Chinese
    I am working with Carl Pollard on giving a unified account of syntactic and semantic properties of alternative questions in Mandarin Chinese. The analysis is conducted in Linear Categorial Grammar (LCG) framework. The distinction between alternative questions and other types of questions, such as constituent questions and polar questions in Mandarin Chinese has also been consistently accounted for in the same framework.  
  • Duan, Manjuan, Hill Ethan, White, Michael (2016). Generating Disambiguating Paraphrases for Structurally Ambiguous Sentences.. In Proc. ofthe Tenth Linguistic Annotation Workshop at ACL 2016 (LAW-X) [pdf]
  • Duan, Manjuan, Jin, Lifeng, Schuler, William (2016). Chinese Semantic Dependency Parsing with Generalized Categorial Grammar. In Semeval 2016: Task 9 Barcelona, USA. [pdf]
  • Jin, Lifeng, Duan,Manjuan, Schuler, William (2016). Multilayered LSTM as a Neural Semantic Dependency Parser. In Semeval 2016: Task 9 Barcelona, USA. [pdf]
  • Duan, Manjuan (2015). A Categorial Analysis of Chinese Alternative Questions. In Workshop of ESSLLI 2015: Empirical Advances in Categorial Grammar Barcelona, Spain. [pdf]
  • Duan, Manjuan & Schuler, William (2015). Parsing Chinese with a Generative Categorial Grammar.In Proceedings of Grammar Engineering Across Frameworks 2015 Beijing, China. [pdf]
  • Duan, Manjuan & White, Michael (2014). That's Not What I Meant! Using Parsers to Avoid Structural Ambiguities in Generated Text. In ACL 2014, Baltimore, MD, the United States. [pdf]
  • Duan, Manjuan, Elsner, Micha & de Marneffe, Marie Catherine (2013), Visual and linguistic predictors for the definitness of referring expressions. In SemDial 2013, Amesterdam, Netherlands. [pdf]
  • Xu, Yulong, Sun, Shanshan & Duan, Manjuan (2013), Noun phrase accessibility and discourse anaphora: The case of subject-modifying genitive NPs in Chinese, Modern Foreign Languages, Vol, 1
  • Duan, Manjuan, Xu, Yulong, & Fu, Xiangjun (2012), An analysis of the effects of centering parameter setting on anaphora resolution, Comtemporary Linguistics
  • Duan, Manjuan & Ping, Jiang (2010), An Empirical Study of Centering in Chinese Anaphoric Resolution, Proceedings of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Intelligence , 373-377
  • Duan, Manjuan, Yulong Xu & Xiangjun Fu (2009), Effects of Centering Parameter Setting of Cf-ranking in Chinese Anaphora Resolution, Journal of Foreign Languages, 20-27
  • Xu, Yulong, Duan, Manjuan, & Fu, Xiangjun (2008), Effects of Centering Parameter Setting of Utterance and R1-pronoun on Chinese Anaphora Resolution, Modern Foreign Languages, 111-120
  • Duan, Manjuan (2007), Centering in Chinese Anaphor Resolution: A Parametric Study. In Proceedings of the 10th Conference of the Pacific Association for Computational Linguists, 350 - 358 [pdf]
  • Duan, Manjuan (2006). On Interpretation of Null Subjects in Chinese, Journal of Anhui Institute of Education, 89-92
  • Duan, Manjuan (2005), Overview of Written Discourse Analysis, Journal of WanxiUniversity, 114-117
  • Duan, Manjuan (2005). Ontology of Metaphor and its Truth Theory, Journal of Jiangxi Institute of Education, 120(1): 59-63
  • Duan, Manjuan, Mandarin Alternative Questions in a Linear Grammar Framework, SWAMP 2012, MSU
  • 2013 Autumn - 2016 Spring: Graduate Research Assistantship supported by Michael White's NSF project
  • 2013 Summer: Targeted Investment on Excellence of the Linguistics Department
  • 2012-2013: Graduate Teaching Assitantship
  • 2011-2012: University Fellowship at Ohio State University
  • Recognized reviewer of Lingua
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    Department of Lingustics
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio 43210