Theodorus Fransen

I hold an M.Phil. in Speech and Language Processing and a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin, where I was affiliated with the Irish Speech and Language Technology Research Centre (School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences). My doctoral thesis (2019) is entitled “Past, present and future: Computational approaches to mapping Old and Modern Irish cognate verb forms”. Previous to that I studied at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where I obtained a BA in Linguistics and both a BA and MA in Celtic Languages and Culture. My teaching experience includes undergraduate courses in statistics and computational morphology.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Irish Research Council-funded Cardamom project (Comparative Deep Models of Language for Minority and Historical Languages), led by Dr. John McCrae, in the Unit for Linguistic Data, Data Science Institute / Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway. While my focus so far has been on finite-state two-level morphology for Old Irish (c. 700–900 A.D), I have a growing interest in the broader area of Natural Language Processing (NLP) for historical texts and languages, and the interface between NLP, lexicography and Digital Humanities. In addition to this, I am dedicated to and involved in the creation of Language Resources and tools for under-resourced historical and minority languages, particularly in the Irish context.

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ORCID: 0000-0001-5639-8626

Twitter: @ThFransen